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Monthly News Update - January 2016
Wishing you all a very Happy New Year!
Please pray for us
Up to date pointers to pray for the work of
Chelmsford 24-7 can be found
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This month:
  • Prayer Spaces - lighting up the City!
  • Praying down south - in South Woodham Ferrers
  • ROC Centre - discussions continue, keep praying
  • Praying for our communities - booklets available
  • Passion Play 2016 - time to get passionate in prayer
  • Local Christian Events - let us know
  • Finances - a thank you and building for the future
  • Light drives out darkness - New Year thoughts from David Gilbey
Prayer Spaces - lighting up the City
 

Prayer Space - Cables House 18 December

Our Prayer Spaces continue to expand and evolve. Commencing this month we will usually have two or occasionally three per week at different times and on different days.

Please come along and encourage others from your churches to do so. They are places where the Light of Jesus shines out - strategic places to pray over the City, our Nation and World, to encounter God and be energized for mission.
 
Click here to print and distribute the above as a leaflet

Plus, from February
NEW St. Mary's, Great Baddow, High Street, CM2 7HN 11.30 am - 2 pm
Friday 5 (continuing 1st Friday each month)
 
For more details go to our website: click here
Praying down south - in South Woodham Ferrers
 

South Woodham Evangelical Church logo

All are welcome – Friday 22 January 2016 8.30 am to 8.30 pm

2015-07-16 10.14.22On the last day of their Week of Prayer 18-22 January, we will be setting up our Portable Prayer Space within the church for a whole twelve hours.

You are very welcome to join pastor Lindsay Caplen and church members and to come along for any length of time you can during that day to pray over the town, over Chelmsford City and rural areas, our nation and out to the world.

The Church also anticipates that short periods of corporate prayer will take place at intervals during the day, depending on how many are there at particular times.
The day will be very much open to the leading of the Holy Spirit.

This is very much an opportunity to unite through prayer the Christians in the town of South Woodham Ferrers, with those in the wider District of Chelmsford.
Do plan to come along.


Church Address
85 Hullbridge Road
South Woodham Ferrers, CM3 5LJ

www.southwoodhamevan.org.uk

ROC Centre - discussions continue, keep praying
 
Just before Christmas discussions took place between the Christian Growth Centre Church (very shortly to be renamed Skylark Church), the City Council, the Deputy Police & Crime Commissioner and the development company Genesis, with a view to securing a building for a ROC Centre in the City - which may also provide space for us to develop a 24-7 Prayer Room. The meeting was very positive and some options were discussed, which will now need to be considered.

Separately, an ideally sited empty building, previously known as Bar 41, opposite Tesco in Bond Street / Springfield Road, is also being looked at, although it has not been possible to engage with the owner or leaseholder as yet.

Please keep praying over ROC, which is a valued partner to Chelmsford 24-7.


You are invited to the next ROC Prayer Meeting:

Tuesday 19 January  8 - 9 pm
at Skylark Church (formerly CGCC)
4 Hanbury Road, Chelmsford, CM1 3AE
Praying for our communities - booklets available
 
Our Prayer Support Team and others have recently been using a great booklet, authored  by Jill Gower, director of Call to Prayer, Norwich, called Keep Blessing Your Community, a 40 day guide with proclamations, declarations, prayers and blessings that can be spoken over villages, towns and cities.

There is also another booklet called, Keep on Praying and Bless, also written by Jill and Robbie Bain, which is sub-titled; Declarations and Blessings for real life situations.

The booklets cost £3 each and we would encourage you to obtain a copy of one or both to use in your prayers over Chelmsford.

We have purchased a supply and they are obtainable from any of our Prayer Spaces at cost price, or else we can post them to you plus the postage cost.
Passion Play 2016 - time to get passionate in prayer
 

As you should be aware, Chelmsford 24-7 is promoting and organising the prayer support for the City's first Passion Play, which will take place on Good Friday next year.

We want as many Christians as possible, throughout our City, to be involved in praying and we are hoping to organise a special 24 hours of prayer for the Play and for all the Easter events taking place in the City. Details will be announced in due course.

On Saturday 2 January, there was the first rehearsal of 2016 for the Passion Play.

Here are the latest Prayer Requests:


General Prayer Requests

  • Health and wellbeing of cast and crew.
  • For each Saturday rehearsal - lines and songs to be learned.
  • Technicalities and logistics all work out.
  • Liaison with City Council, for positive relationships.
  • For a fine rain free day on Good Friday.
  • That public who come to watch the production will 'get it!' and as a result will find or be moved closer to a faith in Jesus
  • Funds are required*
  • That the interplay between the traditional Procession of Witness beforehand and the Passion Play works well.

More Specific Requests

  • Soldiers are still needed! 
  • A Fundraiser is still required.

*Fund Raising Quiz

There will be a Quiz at St. Augustines Church in North Springfield on Saturday 30 January to fund-raise for the Play. Further details will be announced soon. Could you provide a team?

You may wish to view a copy of the Rehearsal Schedule so you can pray as each takes place.
More details about the Play

Go to the chelmsford 24-7 website here or check out:

www.chelmsfordpassionplay.org.uk or Facebook

Please spread the word and feel free to pass these prayer requests on. 
Local Christian Events - let us know
 
Via our website and on social media, we seek to promote as well as pray for local Christian organisations, groups and meetings.

If you know of any meetings or events coming up in the City or District, which are open to all, please let us know and they will gladly be considered for promotion and circulation.
 
Also, click here for more details on our website
Finances - a thank you and building for the future
 
We would like to thank very much all of you who have supported us financially this last year. This has resulted in around £900 so far being received. So far, on equipment, resources, stationary and adminatrative costs, we have spent around £500. We have some further expenditure coming up, but we are in a good position as we enter 2016.

However, looking to the future, and not least the vision for a permanent Prayer Centre, we would like to encourage all of you to consider whether you could make a regular or occasional gift. Two or three people have set up a regular standing order to our bank account, and regular giving really helps us to plan for the future.

Thank you for giving this your prayerful consideration.

Our website has details of our bank account and the address for any postal donations -
click here.
 
Light drives out darkness - New Year thoughts from David Gilbey
 
Her Majesty the Queen in her Christmas message quoted from John, Chapter 1, verse 5:  "It is true that the world has had to confront moments of darkness this year, but the Gospel of John contains a verse of great hope, often read at Christmas carol services: 'The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.'"

Just a few hours before this before hearing this, I had read a prophetic word on Facebook. Part of it read as follows:


'This year we will experience the first Christmas Day full moon in almost four decades. When my husband mentioned this to me, the Spirit immediately said that it is a sign in the heavens that God is releasing great light in the midst of darkness beginning Christmas Day.

If you have loved ones living in darkness, then take hope, because we are entering a time where His light will shine brighter than we have experience!d in many years. The revelation of Jesus Christ as the Light of the World will be made known to many still living in darkness'.


The full Word, and its source can be viewed by clicking here. I would urge you to read it.

I personally witnessed the full moon on Christmas eve whilst driving to pick up my daughter Rachel from Ipswich, and it was indeed large and bright - reminding me of the star which shone so brightly over Bethlehem all those centuries ago, which heralded in the first coming of Jesus, as the Light of the World.

I was also reminded of my recent visit, on 14 December, to the World Prayer Centre in Birmingham, where we prayed fervently over the United Kingdom. There too, God spoke to us about Light and Darkness, that just as Jesus is the Light, we need to recognise that we are carriers and releasers of that same Light here on earth, here in Chelmsford, until He returns.

Whilst in that prayer meeting in Birmingham, I had a picture of God connecting up the Nation with Light. I saw the fibre optic cable network that crisscrosses an increasing proportion of the UK carrying Jesus to every household, every business. I saw the Gospel message flowing through the cables as bright light.

May I encourage you all. Even a single little candle prevents darkness being complete. On our own, we might sometimes feel we are such, but even in frailty and fallibility, with an often faltering faith in Jesus, we still tangibly illuminate the atmosphere wherever we go.


However, if as Christians we increasingly unite together, pray together, join as one Body, that little flame quickly  becomes a blazing inferno - that gets everyones attention. Remember the hotel blaze in Dubai on New Years eve. That fire must have started off as a tiny flame, but oh so quickly it spread, within an hour or two literally the whole world was watching with bated breath
I conclude with a Bible verse that I often quote, John 13: 34-35: 

‘A new command I give you: love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.’


God's Love will shine from us in greater and greater measure as we stand together in this City and will cause those who live and work here, who do not know Him, to be drawn to relationship and Salvation through Jesus. Revival is definitely coming, but we must still do our part.

Thank you all for your prayers and support in 2015. Wishing you all a most wonderful New Year as we walk and pray together more and more into 2016.

Blessings

David Gilbey

 
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