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For most of it's history, St Michael's Church has been involved in Mission.

When the church was first build in 1870, its location was chosen to minister to the Galleywood racecource, to counter the 'evils' of gambling - this was a long time before it became the parish church for Galleywood.

Currently we are active in our support for many acrtivities in Galleywood, Chelmsford, the UK and the rest of the world, helping to fulfill Jesus' Great Commission (Matthew Chapter 28: verses 16 to 20)

Local Mission (Galleywood)

 Messy Church...

  • is a way of being church for families involving fun
  • is a church, not a craft club, that helps people encounter Jesus as Lord and Saviour
  • is found across the world
  • values are about being Christ-centred, for all ages, based on creativity, hospitality and celebration
  • is part of The Bible Reading Fellowship which believes, with the historic churches, in one God, who is Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
  • St Michael’s runs Alpha courses regularly throughout the year. Contact Sue Kitson for more details

 

 Inform Galleywood is a charitable organisation working in conjunction with St Michael's Church, Galleywood.

We aim to provide space, computers and time for the public to meet with volunteers. Here clients can be helped to find information they need and be shown where to get it. Although the volunteers at Inform Galleywood will not be able to, themselves, give advice or money they will be able to direct people to other organisation that can get the advice they need, supporting to make appointments and arrange transportation. Our volunteers are able to continue to provide support following appointments with such other organisations as the Citizen's Advice Bureau (CAB) (even to members of the public who had not sought our services before this point) helping the client work out how best to put all the information and advice obtained into practice.

Inform Galleywood works alongside lots of other local and national groups to help the community resolve the issues it faces.

Contacts at St Michael’s are Jenny Pearshouse and Steve Mack

 

St Michael’s Church of England (Voluntary Aided) Junior School on the outskirts of Chelmsford in the popular village of Galleywood. We share our site with Galleywood Infant’s School where a strong and growing partnership exists:

  • A sense of family is very important to us at St Michael’s and we want all our children, parents, teachers, helpers and members of the wider community to feel welcome in school
  • Life and learning at St Michael’s is informed by a strong Christian ethos, reflected in our Collective Worship. We do, however, welcome children of all faiths and none. 
  • Learning takes place in and outside the ‘classroom’.
  • Our creative curriculum inspires our children to take ownership of their learning within overarching
  • Extended school provision is available at both ends of the school day, including a comprehensive range of after school clubs encompassing creative arts, music and sport.

 

  • We know that our children are the future; we enable our children to learn skills that will allow them access to learning wherever and whenever it may be. Our aim is to set children on course to be life-long, independent learners and responsible global citizens. 

 

St Michael’s Church and School are linked, and several church members serve on the Governing Body of the school

 

 

 

Free school meals make a huge difference to 1.2 million children in the UK but when schools are closed so are the kitchens... MakeLunch is a network of churches working to fill the holiday hunger gap. That’s why MakeLunch exists. Because we believe that children should look forward to school holidays rather than worrying about where their food might come from. And because we want parents to look forward to them too. We don't think anybody should be hungry and we’re committed to doing something about it. Our Lunch Kitchens are run by volunteers, based in churches, community centres or sometimes school buildings. They operate on the understanding that one meal for one child makes a difference, which means that rather than feeling daunted by the scale of the issue, they can focus on providing what they can when they can. We provide training and support for all our Lunch Makers and before a Kitchen is approved by us, we make sure they've got everything covered including insurance, basic food hygeine, first aid and safeguarding. We also have a bunch of recommended recipes and menus to help make sure the meals our Kitchens are providing really are the best they can be. 

Contact at St Michael’s is through Sue Kitson who leads a number of volunteers in providing meals in school holidays

 

 

The Alpha course is an evangelistic course which seeks to introduce the basics of the Christian faith through a series of talks and discussions. It is described by its organisers as "an opportunity to explore the meaning of life” Alpha courses are being run in churches, homes, workplaces, prisons, universities and a wide variety of other locations. The course began in Britain and is being run around the world by various Christian denominations. The talks aim to cover the basic beliefs of the Christian faith. Alpha is a series of sessions exploring the Christian faith. Each session starts with a meal, followed by a talk and then discussion in small groups and looks at a different question around faith and is designed to create conversation. Alpha is run all around the globe, and everyone's welcome. It runs in cafés, churches, universities, homes—you name it. No two Alphas look the same, but generally they have three key things in common: food, a talk and good conversation.

Contact at St Michael’s is through Sue Kitson

Local Mission (Chelmsford)

 24-7 Prayer is an international, interdenominational movement of prayer, mission and justice working in more than half the nations on earth. We help millions of people in thousands of locations to encounter God and engage with the needs of the world.

Their aim is to revive the church and rewire the culture through Prayer Rooms and Boiler Rooms.

The 24-7 movement began when a simple, student-led prayer vigil suddenly went viral spreading into more than 12,000 locations and every denomination from the Catholic Church in Austria to the Salvation Army in Australia and countless persecuted fellowships in the Middle East.

24-7 Prayer today is a family of churches, a start-up for innovative resources, and a greenhouse for new projects and NGOs such as 24-7 Ibiza, the 24-7 Academy and Prayer Spaces in Schools. At its heart, however, 24-7 remains a non-stop prayer meeting that has continued night and day, without a break in multiple locations for every moment of this century so far.

Last night as you slept, someone somewhere was encountering God in a 24-7 Prayer Room. Right now, as you read this, someone is seeking to live out their prayers practically amongst those who are hurting. This integrated combination of spiritual formation and social transformation has attracted the attention of the media from Rolling Stone to Reader’s Digest and a specially commissioned Channel 4 television documentary.

Contact at St Michael’s is through Sue Kitson

 

We don’t think anyone in our community should have to face going hungry. That’s why we provide three days’ nutritionally balanced emergency food and support to local people who are referred to us in crisis. We are part of a nationwide network of foodbanks, supported by The Trussell Trust, working to combat poverty and hunger across the UK. This foodbank is run in partnership with local churches, facilitated by Oasis Chelmsford Limited

Contact at St Michael’s is through Diane Gale, who coordinates links to the Foodbank

These are exciting times to be a Christian and there is much to celebrate amongst the churches and Christian organisations working throughout our community.

Our aim is to be a visible sign of local Christians commitment to one another, as an expression of Jesus' prayer 'that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you: may they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me.' John 17:21

We believe we are called to be salt and light to our city and therefore are "transformed people, transforming Chelmsford."

This includes our corporate mission to share the Good News of Jesus Christ as widely as possible, to act as a voice for Christians in the city of Chelmsford, and to foster unity amongst the various churches and Christian organisations in the area (a fuller list of our formal objectives can be seen by clicking the link to our constitution).

The Steering Committee is made upon Christians from many different Christians streams including, but not exclusively, Anglican, Baptist, Pentecostal and Charismatic churches.

CTiC is part of Churches Together in Britain and Ireland.

Contact at St Michael’s is through

 Chelmsford Churches Working Together at the Boreham Car Boot Sale

We are Christians from a group of Chelmsford churches that have set up camp on a Sunday morning at the Boreham Car Boot Sale.

Forget your image of traditional church; this is all about church being relevant for the 21st century. We provide top quality freshly ground coffee, cups of tea or hot chocolate, and a chance to relax. 50% of the takings are given to charities - since 2011 over £12,000 has been given to charities such as Essex Air Ambulance and Tree of Hope.

We don’t push church onto anyone, but there are always people on hand if anyone wants to chat.

Contact at St Michael’s is through Martin Wilson, who chairs the Church at the Boot Fair committee.

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

Our staff (who are all enhanced DBS checked) are committed to planning, delivering and evaluating a range of activities which are ‘tailor made’ to suit the individual needs of each school and indeed each group of students. We work in close partnership with school staff to ensure that what we deliver meets the school’s requirements and has a positive, measurable impact on the students.

The work of SYM is overseen by a management board comprising experienced teachers, headteachers, local clergy and businesspeople, whose role is to ensure that the services delivered meet the highest possible professional standards.

Our services are free to schools as we are financially supported by 25 churches and over 200 donors, both charities and individuals. We are a Christian organisation and we will always present from that point of view, but we do respect the views of those of all faiths and those of none.

SYM operate under the umbrella of Chelmsford and District Evangelical Fellowship (CADEF)

Contact at St Michael’s is through

 

UK Mission

We live in a world where too many people don’t engage with the Bible.

In some parts of the world, the Scriptures are difficult to access or are simply unavailable. In this country, the Bible is readily available but has lost its significance and its value is unrecognised by millions.

We’re working hard here at home and in key areas across the world to change this. We take the Bible and find ways to translate and distribute it, create digital formats, advocate for its place in society and help people relate to and make sense of it in their everyday lives.

All our efforts are driven by one conviction: we believe that when people engage with the Bible, lives can change – for good.

For over 200 years Bible Society has been working to bring the Bible to life; to help people around the world engage with it, relate to it, and make sense of it.

That single mission drives a huge range of activities. In some parts of the world, bringing the Bible to life focuses on translation and distribution projects. Elsewhere it focuses on leadership training, or literacy programmes, or interfaith dialogue. Closer to home, in England and Wales, it focuses on advocacy effort, schools outreach and devotional resources.

We’re doing everything we can to help individuals and communities to engage with the Bible because we believe that when they do, lives can change – for good.

Contact at St Michael’s is through Travers Harpur

 

CPAS is an Anglican evangelical mission agency working with churches, mainly in the UK and Republic of Ireland

Our mission is to enable churches to help every person hear and discover the good news of Jesus Christ. To read more about how we do this through the development of leadership in churches, click on the link above.

We are committed to mission and equipping churches for their God-given task of evangelism. We believe the most strategic way for us to help churches become more mission-focused is by developing effective leadership.

We long to see a Christ-centred, Bible-based, mission-focused Church where leaders are clear about their call to discipleship, growing in Christ-like character, and competent to lead in a time of rapid change;

  • Making disciples of young people and developing leadership potential through Ventures and Falcons.
  • Resourcing churches in developing missional leaders.
  • Developing key local church leaders for mission.
  • Taking a national lead in furthering missional leadership through our patronage work.

Contact at St Michael’s is through

 

The Soldiers' & Airmen's Scripture Readers Association
Our Ministry is one of personal evangelism. Uniquely we are permitted, subject to Chaplain's recommendation and Commanding Officers' permission to visit soldiers and airmen in their accommodation, work and recreation areas. This is done with a view to befriending them and introducing them to the Lord Jesus Christ.

 

Contact at St Michael’s is through

 

International Mission

Crosslinks is an evangelical Anglican missionary society, drawing its support mainly from parishes in the Church of England and Church of Ireland. It was known as the Bible Churchmen's Missionary Society (BCMS) until 1992. The BCMS was created as the result of a conservative split from the Church Missionary Society. The Crosslinks name emphasises the society's principle that Mission is from everywhere to everywhere. The name also helps to make possible work in some of the 60 or so countries where Bible, Church and Missionary are not acceptable.

Our links at St Michael’s are with Senna and Jane Ounate – Lare who are involved in church planting in Caen, Normandy.

Contact at St Michael’s is through Carol Perry

 

The non-sectarian China Inland Mission was founded on principles of faith and prayer. From the beginning it recruited missionaries from the working class as well as single women, which was a new practice for a large agency at the time. The original goal of the mission that began dedicated to China has grown to include bringing the Gospel to the millions of inhabitants of East Asia who have never heard or had access to the message of Jesus Christ. Following the departure of all foreign workers in the early 1950s, the China Inland Mission redirected all of its missionaries to other parts of East Asia. The name was officially changed to Overseas Missionary Fellowship in 1964, and then to the current name in the 1990s.

Our links at St Michael’s are with Steve and Anna Griffiths doing cross cultural mission in Brazil. Their children, Aimee and Joshua are now studying medicine in the UK.

Contact at St Michael’s is through Veryan Wilson

 

 

CWI is a UK-based interdenominational evangelistic society committed to sharing the Good News of Jesus the Messiah with the Jewish people. Like the apostle Paul, we reason from the Hebrew Scriptures to demonstrate and prove that the Messiah must suffer and rise from the dead and that Jesus is the Messiah, the Saviour of the world promised through the ancient Jewish prophets.

Our links at St Michael’s are with Bogi Kozma in Budapest and Andreea Sidon in London.

Contact at St Michael’s is through Jane Harpur

 

 

 

The Leprosy Mission are an international Christian development organisation that diagnoses, treats and offers specialist care, including reconstructive surgery, to leprosy patients. Our aim is to transform and empower the lives of people affected by leprosy.

Leprosy is a disease of poverty and as well as providing healthcare, we offer rehabilitation, education, vocational training, small business loans, housing and fresh water supplies and sanitation to tens of thousands of people each year. We provide a springboard to restored health, self-sufficiency and renewed hope. Our services are provided regardless of religion or ethnicity, promoting equality and social justice.

St Michael’s has been supporting the Leprosy Mission since the 1920s

Contact at St Michael’s is through Pam Bullman

 

 

European partners in Christ seek to link UK churches in a one-to-one partnership with churches in eastern Europe, resulting in mutual encouragement, support and exchange visits. We also finance projects in poor parts of eastern Europe which benefit the congregation.  

Our links at St Michael’s are with the church in Piotrokev, Tryb in Poland, their Pastor, Daniel and his wife Ania.

 

Contact at St Michael’s is through Barbara Webb

 

1000 Hills Community Helpers is a non-profit organization in South Africa devoted to improving the lives of those affected by HIV/AIDS.

The organization was first established in 1989 by Dawn Leppan and Alan Paton, originally as a program to feed those in poverty and suffering from the effects of HIV/AIDS. After seeing the overwhelming amount of people in need, it was concluded that something more would need to be done, thus founding 1000 Hills Community Helpers.

The Community is located in KwaZulu-Natal, east of the city of Pietermaritzburg almost to the Indian ocean just north of the coastal city of Durban. It consists of a health and wellness clinic, children's infirmary, feeding scheme, and education and development facility. The clinic is open five days a week, dedicating different days to the elderly, children, open clinic days, and counselling groups for those who need support.

Contact at St Michael’s is through Caroline Speed who took a group of young people to visit and work with the project in Summer 2016