A Day of Prophetic Intercession – 18th January 2020

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City Prayer in Chelmsford have joined with Transforming Essex for a Day of Prophetic Intercession – a call to all around the County of Essex with a heart for prayer and the prophetic.

There will be time for worship, to listen and to pray, for networking and together we hope to discern what the Lord is doing around Essex and where we can join Him, to see our County transformed by the Kingdom of God.

Saturday 18th January 2020
Refreshments from 10 am, starting at 10.30 am
Finish about 3 pm
Life Church, Hall Street,
Chelmsford, CM2 0HG

No need to book, just turn up on the day.

Tea/coffee and biscuits will be provided during the day. Please bring a packed lunch, or there are a number of food outlets nearby.

We will take up a free will offering to cover expenses.

Getting there / parking

The Church is a 15 minute walk from Chelmsford railway station.

Buses, including from the City’s Park and Ride, stop on Parkway, about 100 yards from the Church. For Park and Ride details, click here.

There will be no parking at the Church and the closest public car parks are, Parkway, (directly behind the Church and accessible by steps), or Moulsham Street, (entrance in George Street, which is also slightly cheaper). You may find these and all car park details on the Chelmsford City Council website – click here.

Event Background

Transforming Essex logoEssex is often portrayed with a negative reputation; Essex girls and white van man!

From a vision in 2018 by a group of eight church leaders in the south of Essex, Transforming Essex is a growing family of believers pursuing God’s heart to transform Essex in all sections of society.

During 2019, Transforming Essex launched the concept of Roundtables. These are groups of like minded individuals who will join together to seek God, discuss, strategise, celebrate, communicate and act on the things God calls them to collectively, all with the aim of seeing the County thrive and see it walk in its heavenly identity.

One of these emerging groups is the Transforming Essex Intercessors Roundtable who, in partnership with Chelmsford’s City Prayer, have felt to issue this County-wide call to gather  – possibly the first time such a call has been given?

We invite you to become part the journey to see Essex transformed by the Kingdom of God.

If you have any questions, please click here and complete the Contact Form.

Melding with Christians Together in Chelmsford

christians-together-in-chelmsfordAll Chelmsford 24-7 Prayer, (now called City Prayer), Blog – News/Events Updates, will henceforth be published on the website of Christians Together in Chelmsford (CTiC).

You can sign up there to receive them by email – go to ctic.org.uk


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Leader of Chelmsford 24-7 Prayer and Chair of Christians Together in Chelmsford, David Gilbey writes:

Ever since Chelmsford 24-7 Prayer began, I have had a clear sense that it was all about the Christians of our City coming together. The Church, not simply The Churches in Chelmsford. 

In 2015, I believed one of my first tasks was to connect with the then Churches Together in Chelmsford group, and immediately a positive relationship was birthed, that has continued to grow and develop. 

When, in May 2018, I felt led to stand to be Chair of Christians Together in Chelmsford, (name changed in 2016), I knew without a doubt that part of the journey would be in some way, to see a ‘melding’ of the two organisations. That journey is underway.

I am certain that the regular Prayer Spaces and Prayer Walks that I felt God tell us to facilitate over the last three or so years, around the churches of the City, have played a crucial role to sow and nurture the seeds of unity and love, for what God is now putting into place. But over recent months, these seem to have naturally diminished and by next month, we will be left with just two regular Prayer Spaces in the Cathedral, on the 1st  and 3rd Wednesdays.

Behold I do a new thing!

In the last few months, we have opened up what was a prayer meeting specifically for Chelmsford 24-7 supporters, to the whole City – in firm partnership with CTiC.

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Prayer for our City is a monthly meeting on the 4th Thursday each month, at The Church of the Holy Spirit, Forest Drive, Chelmsford. Everyone is now welcome – all who want to see The Kingdom of God come to our City and Nation.

Chelmsford  – a Kingdom City

Town signChelmsford is no longer, as in its history, a provincial market town, but since 2012, a City – one that has a God given purpose and destiny.

Since the beginning of 2019, I believe that The Lord has started to reveal vision and strategy for our City as a place where The things of the Kingdom of God can be known and found, by all in our region and nation.

This is a bold assertion and those leading both Chelmsford 24-7 Prayer and CTiC are taking careful steps, one at a time, to listen to God further and in conjunction with other Christian leaders here, to see what this might mean.

We are in exciting times and we must, similar as in the Bible book of Revelation, listen to what The Spirit is saying to to The Church in Chelmsford  -and act accordingly!

More will gradually be revealed!

So, the organisation, and name of Chelmsford 24-7 Prayer will gradually decrease and give way to CTiC.

More about the vision for our City and information relating to Christian activity here, including prayer, will henceforth appear at ctic.org.uk, rather than on this website.

A tremendous thank you to all who have been on the journey with Chelmsford 24-7 Prayer. We pray you will continue it with us. alongside, literally as Christians together in Chelmsford.

Blessings

David

 

Prayer for Our City – this Thursday – Read why you should not miss it!

Everyone is welcome to join us this Thursday, 7.45pm for 8pm, at the Church of The Holy Spirit, Forest Drive, Chelmsford, CM1 2TS, to pray over our City.

Since the beginning of the year, there have been some exciting developments… read below, why you shouldn’t miss this meeting!

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Leader of Chelmsford 24-7 Prayer, and Chair of Christians Together in Chelmsford, David Gilbey explains why you need to come along on Thursday and to invite others to pray:

‘At the beginning of January, I went at a national and regional leaders 24 hour Prayer Retreat organised by World Prayer Centre,  and I believe The Lord gave a clear message to all present about being prepared for ‘Suddenlies’!

Personally too, at the beginning of the Retreat I believe God brought to my thoughts that He was going to bring the ministries I lead in Chelmsford and another Nationally, (Call the Nation to Prayer), together in some way.

arrow in targetAt the end of the 24 hours away, I was prayed over by a lady who knew nothing of my thoughts, who spoke prophetically the same thing, that the ministries I am involved in would be consolidated – she said she saw in her mind a target with an arrow in the middle.

Then, just two days later, a ‘suddenly happened! I received a personal email, then two hours later, had a conversation with a member of The House of Lords, who I had never heard of before, which resulted in meeting him and others last Friday week in Meriden, West Midlands.  It was there, in September last year, Call the Nation to Prayer, held two prophetic gatherings, called ‘As One’  – you can read about them by clicking here.

I cannot say too much more here, but I believe The Lord is birthing something, that could have terrific significance for His Kingdom in our City.

Then – A Prophetic Word over Chelmsford last Saturday

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If one suddenly was not enough, on Saturday just gone there was a Prayer Breakfast at The Church of the Holy Spirit, Chelmsford, where the speaker was Jennifer Abigail Wallace, of  National Prayer Movement, Quiver.

At the end of the morning, she suddenly released a prophetic word over Chelmsford. She spoke fervently of revival coming to our City – of mass salvations and healing miracles!

Click here to view a video of the word as it was given by Jennifer.  

Something is stirring! We need to get before The Lord in Prayer, to hear His voice further and for wisdom as to the next steps of faith to take.

Please do your best to come along on Thursday evening, where I will be able to say some more. Come and pray for, His KIngdom Come, His will be done, in Chelmsford, as it is in Heaven!’

Blessings

David Gilbey

Strike the Ground – National Day of Prayer 26th Jan 2019

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Let’s all Strike the Ground

The following is a Message just received today, 18th January, from Adele Richards, Senior Leader, Catch the Fire Bournemouth.

‘Yesterday morning I received some strategy from the Lord during my prayer time.

Dr Sharon Stone prophesied in her word for the year that in 2019 there would be more National Days of Prayer and I was happy to see that David Hathaway had organised one for Saturday 26 January, as an event in Wembley with Lou Engle, Betty King, James Aladiran and others leading the prayer. But yesterday I realised that we (as NDOP) were supposed to be adding our voice to this and calling the whole nation to pray again on the date set by David Hathaway.

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Click on the picture above for more details and to book to pray at Wembley

The strategy is simply to encourage people to get along to Wembley Arena to pray together if they can, but if they can’t to pray and fast where they are…in homes, churches, prayer rooms…whatever they can organise at late notice.

So here I am again, sounding the trumpet to echo David Hathaway’s call to prayer. The verse I got was 2 Kings 13.18 where Elisha tells the King to strike the ground with the arrows. Had the king struck the ground enough times, Israel’s enemies would have been completely defeated.

I believe we need to unite again across the country in another national day of prayer on the 26th and in this way we strike the ground again and prepare the land for what God wants to do in Britain.

I appreciate this doesn’t leave you as a leader much time to communicate to your people or organise a prayer meeting…but perhaps you have prayer warriors in your church that could gather people in their home, or open up your church on that day.

Perhaps you have time to email the Facebook page to your people, here’s the link:

www.facebook.com/Cananationbechangedinaday

I’ve recorded a short video explaining why it’s so important that we all join in on the 26th wherever we are, and there’s a link to buy tickets for those who can get to Wembley.’

Thank you so much!
Love,
Adele

 

SYM – News and Prayer Letter

Schools and Youth Ministries, (SYM), is a Chelmsford based organisation dedicated to providing a highly professional service which supports students and schools. They aim to help schools provide a broad, rich curriculum especially in the areas of social, physical, emotional and spiritual health.

We are glad to be able to provide a link to their new monthly News and Prayer Letter.

Click below to view or download the newsletter as a PDF

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Also, do check out their website: symchelmsford.org 

 

Network for Revival

tony higtonIt seems that barely a week passes without hearing of a new gathering to pray for our nation, or an organisation or individual, who is encouraging us to pray for revival and renewal. The Lord is truly stirring his people to their knees!

A day or two ago, Network for Revival was brought to our attention, which is headed up by retired Anglican vicar, Rev. Tony Higton, for many years vicar at Hawkwell, near Chelmsford.

On his website, Tony says:

‘I’ve been in the Church of England Ministry for decades but had not thought much about Revival throughout most of my ministry…’

Tony goes on to say:

‘Then a couple of years ago I began to take Revival seriously because of the post-Christian state of British society, with so many people without God and without hope. The Lord’s name is being dishonoured and the cross ignored.’

Tony has posted some powerful insights and teaching about Revival and encouragements for consistent and persistent prayer. Do check his website out.

networkforrevival.co.uk

At the Gate of the Year

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New Year message from Chelmsford 24-7 Leader and Chair of Christians Together in Chelmsford (CTiC), David Gilbey (also published on the website of CTiC –ctic.org.uk)

KIng George VI Christmas speechSo we stand here again, the tipping point between all that has been in 2018 and all that the New Year will bring. Looking back, how much of what took place during the twelve months could you have honestly predicted? Not very much I suspect… who knows what 2019 will hold!

In 1939, with Great Britain at war, and with a very unknown future ahead for the United Kingdom, King George VI spoke the following words at the end of his Christmas message to the Nation:

I feel that we may all find a message of encouragement in the lines which, in my closing words, I would like to say to you:

I said to the man who stood at the Gate of the Year,

“Give me a light that I may tread safely into the unknown.”

And he replied, “Go out into the darkness, and put your hand into the hand of God.

That shall be to you better than light, and safer than a known way.”

May that Almighty Hand guide and uphold us all.

The King had taken the words from a poem called, ‘God Knows’, published in 1908 by a Christian lady, Minnie Haskins – to read the entire poem – click here.

 

Prayer and Miracles delivered the Nation

dunkirk-news-articleDuring the World Wars, national prayer and miraculous intervention from God is said to have won us battles and saved countless lives.  (You can find links with evidence for this below). If so, it would not be unreasonable to conject, that for both Wars, this resulted in ultimate victory for the Allied forces.

The most well known miracle occurred just a few months after King George’s Christmas speech, when on 26 May 1940, he called a national day of prayer. Following this, against all odds well over 300,000 British troops were rescued at Dunkirk.

To read more – click here -to go an article on the website of, Call the Nation to Prayer – ctntp.uk. Read too, these articles on the CTNTP site, about Angels and Miracles and other calls to prayer during both World Wars – click here.

 

The Battle for Britain

Armour of GodIt seems to me that at the end of this year, the UK is once again at war; at war with itself, a civil war of strife and division and disunity. Brexit seems to have brought the whole thing boiling to the surface!

Even The Church in our nation has, in part at least, become embroiled in the battle – opinion against opinion – brother against brother!

Believers in Jesus, we need to open our eyes! Not just our physical ones, as we will simply continue to stumble into the unknown, but to open wide our spiritual eyes! 

The conflict we face is orchestrated by our spiritual enemy – Satan – he wants the ‘soul’ of Great Britain, but we must battle him for it AND AGAIN WE HAVE THE MEANS TO VICTORY!

For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. – Ephesians 6:12

We must do what it says in verse 13:

Therefore put on the full armour of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.

 

Wartime Miracles and a National Scandal Leaflet

Earlier in 2018, a church minister who is known to me, and who uses the name, Pastor John, was led by The Lord to produce and distribute nationwide, 25,000 copies, of a leaflet he wrote, by email and post called, Wartime Miracles and a National Scandal. 

John said:

The Wartime Miracles Leaflet has a dual purpose. Firstly, it teaches how the Lord dramatically delivered the UK during the Second World War in direct response to those who prayed in humility and repentance. Secondly, it calls upon the people of today to equally approach Him in humility and repentance, pleading for His deliverance from the National dangers we are increasingly facing.

It shows clearly “this is what the Lord did for the previous generation and He can do it again for this generation, if approached in a spirit of humility and repentance.” The Wartime Miracles Leaflet is therefore a clarion call for nationwide intercessory prayer.

Will you take up that Call?

For a downloadable/printable copy of the Leaflet and accompanying write up, on the CTNTP website – click here.

2019 – Take God’s Hand and step forward in faith

Hand-in-darkness.jpgIt is surely time to stand up and move out! Remind yourself of your ‘battle orders’ by reading the full passage regarding the Armour of God, in Ephesians 6: 10-20 – particularly verse 18:

And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. 

And, Pray without ceasing – 1 Thessalonians 5:17.

Let us turn from division and disunity, come together ‘As One’, and each putting our hand in the Hand of God, step with Him, in faith and confidence, into the unknown of 2019.

May God Bless and keep you throughout the year – the Battle belongs to The Lord!

David

Atheism is down as UK gets spiritual

Atheism is down as UK gets spiritual – says the headline of an article reporting on a recent survey, appearing in The Times newspaper on Friday 28th December 2018.

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Pete Greig, founder and Team Leader of 24-7 Prayer internationally, has just published the following remarks about this article on his Instagram account. (Click here to view on Instagram).

‘Just to be clear what we’re seeing here:
– British atheism —> declining (-2-3% p.a. for 3 yrs)
– British church attendance —> growing
– British people who pray —> growing. .
Are these signs of revival in the UK? Not yet. Atheists (and some regular church-goers) are ‘merely’ becoming nominal believers in ‘a greater spiritual power’, not necessarily in Jesus Christ; they are attending church occasionally, but not regularly; they are turning to prayer, but only sporadically.

So, is this everything we are praying for? Nope! Lets not get over-excited. In the words of the meme, let’s just ‘Keep calm and carry on.’

But is it a start? Fuel for faith? Somewhat encouraging for those who’ve wept, worked and prayed for years, longing to read this kind of report in the mainstream press? You bet!

And could it be a wake-up call for politicians and the media? The beginning of an exciting new season for gospel adventuring? A hint and a whisper that the tide is finally, beginning to turn in this supposedly secular nation? Maybe!’

The Christians of Chelmsford praying together