…to the ends of the earth!
“But I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to myself.”
– Jesus Christ –
God assures is in the Bible that he is on a mission: to bring everyone, everywhere, to worship his Son Jesus Christ, to receive forgiveness for our sins, and to receive eternal life. God gives his church the immense privilege of being the main means by which he makes it happen: as he lives with us by his Holy Spirit and equips us to live in such a way that commends the gospel of Jesus, and gives us confidence to tell this good news of free forgiveness to everyone. What God began 2000 years ago with a handful of Jesus’ disciples in one particular place, has spread “to the very ends of the earth”. As a congregation, we are committed to God’s loving project of letting all people know about Jesus, through our own work in Chelmsford and beyond, and by supporting work across the world with our prayers, finance, fellowship and time.
Our Sunday services are open to everyone, and we are delighted to have visitors and regular friends as they hear about Jesus. However, we also seek to do as much as we are able to take the gospel to our city. We lay on social events such as an annual hog roast, an evangelistic Jazz concert or a play. We have a weekly parent-and-toddler group (“Tiny Tots”) which hosts its own nativity play, a regular evangelistic breakfast for men (The Big Breakfast), a Saturday Club for children, and a monthly gathering for students and 20-somethings. We continuously run Christianity Explored courses in someone’s home. We’re delighted to support the work in Chelmsford of Friends International (one of our members works for them), Daylight Prison Trust (one of our elders and other members volunteer with them), and SYM. However, our most vital activity for mission in Chelmsford is to worship God in Spirit and truth, seeking his help to live Christian lives in our city, glorifying and loving Jesus, and loving our neighbours as ourselves.
Across the world
We support mission partners in various parts of the world:
- European Missionary Fellowship, especially through Darren, our Minister, who is a trustee. EMF exists to send missionaries to Europe and to support native pastors and other church workers. It also has a School of Biblical Studies to help equip missionaries, where Darren serves as lecturer. Through EMF we have particularly close ties with Iglesia Reformada in particular José de Segovia, a church planting minister in Madrid.
- Cuba para Cristo, especially through our Associate Minister (see below).
- Pamoja, is a Christian organisation working in Kenya. Pamoja seeks to bring both spiritual and practical aid to the people of Kenya, specifically to orphans and their wider families.
- Living Waters Village: We support Chris and Gerrianne Runhaar and their 2 young children (another on the way). The Runhaars are house parents to 18 other children. Chris is the assistant director of the project. We have a particularly close connection through one of our elders, Hugo Heij, since Renate Heij is Gerrianne’s.
Some of our partners cannot be named for their own safety.
In Cuba with Cuba para Cristo
Steffen, our Associate Minister works part-time for Cuba para Cristo, with whom he has served in Cuba for over a dozen years, with a passion for helping ministry students to read the Bible better. Ever since his conversion from a Roman Catholic background, he has remained astonished that God justifies us by faith alone, and also that we can read and understand his word for ourselves. He has been relentlessly passionate to help others hear this free offer of forgiveness, and to invest in the education of pastors so that they can understand and teach the Bible to the best of their ability. During his PhD, he devised a programme to train up Cuban seminary professors who can train others to become lecturers in the Biblical languages. He spends 25% of his time teaching that programme in collaboration with Tyndale House, Cambridge and with the support of De Verre Naasten.