Broomfield Methodist Church, Chelmsford

Seeking to love and serve God in the community and in the world

During the COVID-19 emergency we will use this page to publish helpful thoughts from our members, and prayers for those that are ill in our own community and the wider world

Every Monday at 7pm you can join Rev Barry Allen leading live prayers on his facebook live page

Every Wednesday 7pm you can join Deacon Ramona Samuel leading live prayers on her Facebook live page

Every Friday 7pm - you can join Rev Mark Pengelly leading live prayers on his Facebook live page

A prayerful meditation for everyone staying in isolation from Broomfield Hospital Chaplaincy team.


Yes there is fear.
Yes there is isolation.
Yes there is panic buying.
Yes there is sickness.
Yes there is even death.

They say that in Wuhan after so many years of noise
You can hear the birds again.
They say that after just a few weeks of quiet
The sky is no longer thick with fumes
But blue and grey and clear.

They say that in the streets of Assisi
People are singing to each other
across the empty squares,
keeping their windows open
so that those who are alone
may hear the sounds of family around them.

They say that a hotel in the West of Ireland
Is offering free meals and delivery to the housebound.
Today a young woman I know
is busy spreading fliers with her number
through the neighbourhood
So that the elders may have someone to call on.

Today Churches, Synagogues, Mosques and Temples
are preparing to welcome and shelter the homeless, the sick, the weary

All over the world people are slowing down and reflecting

All over the world people are looking at their neighbours in a new way All over the world people are waking up to a new reality

To how big we really are.
To how little control we really have.
To what really matters.
To Love.
So we pray and we remember that

Yes there is fear.
But there does not have to be hate.
Yes there is isolation.
But there does not have to be loneliness.
Yes there is panic buying.
But there does not have to be meanness.
Yes there is sickness.
But there does not have to be disease of the soul
Yes there is even death.
But there can always be a rebirth of love.
Wake to the choices you make as to how to live now.
Today, breathe.

Listen, behind the factory noises of your panic
The birds are singing again
The sky is clearing,
Spring is coming,
And we are always encompassed by Love.
Open the windows of your soul
And though you may not be able
to touch across the empty square,


We offer the following prayers for friends and neighbours for whom life is particularly stressful at this time through illness or isolation. You can add your own prayers by sending an e-mail to the site editor. Please click here

Sunday March 22nd: We continue to pray for:

  • For all who are finding it difficult to remain in isolation. We pray that family, neighbours and friends will reach out to safely provide for their needs.

  • Dennis in hospital after a fall at home. We pray that he will find peace and a safe place to live

  • Tamara and Sacha whose baby Apollo was born 16 weeks prematurely and fights for his survival at Great Ormond Street Hospital. 

  • As Apollo undergoes yet another procedure to save his eyesight, we pray for Tamara who is struggling to cope so that our prayers might uplift her at this time of great stress

  • We pray for all NHS workers who are at the forefront of our hospitals and GP practices.Especially we think of Janice, Lindah and for Preshee working from our own community. We surround them with love and our prayers.

  • For those of our congregation and community in Broomfield who suffer from health conditions requiring them to stay at home for 12 weeks.

Saturday April 4th

A Prayer for a Pandemic (from the Corrymeela community)

God of the fire and God of the wind,
God of the silent sound,
when you speak to us,
you do so in ways we may not expect
but cannot ignore.
Allow us in this time of frantic noise
and eerie stillness
to listen again to the wind
and the earth,
to the gentle whisper of you
calling our name.
And may we hear in your voice
words of love and hope,

Sunday April 5th - Holy week

A Journey though Holy Week

This resource has been prepared by the Liverpool District and adapted for our use by Sheridan Pengelly. We hope it will guide you through Holy Week as we approach the celebration of Easter. Please click here to open the resource leaflet .

Monday April 5th

Please pray for Janice as she copes with Covid-19 and the death of her mum.

Tuesday April 7th

Pray for Baby Apollo in his continued fight for survival. He now weighs 1.8kg but underwent another operation which did not go as well as hoped for. He now has sepsis for which he is receiving treatment. Tamara and Sacha we hold you in our prayers.

Pray for teachers at school during the Easter break putting themselves at increased risk looking after children of key workers which enables greater number of health & care workers, delivery drivers, supermarket staff and providers of other essential services to look after us.

Wednesday April 8th



Me: Okay, God, here's the thing. I'm scared. I'm trying not to be, but I am.

God: I know. Want to talk about it?

Me: Do we need to? I mean, you already know.

God: Let's talk about it anyway... We've done this before.

Me: I know, I just feel like I should be bigger or stronger of something by now.

God: *waiting patiently, unhurried, undistracted, never annoyed.

Me: Okay. So, I'm afraid I'll do everything I can to protect my family and it won't be enough. I'm afraid of someone I love dying. I'm afraid the world won't go back to what it was before. I'm afraid my life is always going to feel a little bit unsettled.

God: Anything else?


God: Remember how your son woke up the other night and came running down the hall to your bedroom?

Me: Yes.

God: You were still awake, so when you hear  him running, you started calling out to him before he even got to you... remember? Do you remember what you called out to him?

Me: I said, "You're okay! You're okay! You're okay! I'm here."

God: Why did you call to him? Why didn't you just wait for him to get to your room?

Me: Because I wanted him to know that I was awake, and I heard him, and he didn't have to be afraid until he reached the end of the dark hallway.

God: Exactly. I hear you, my child. I hear your thoughts racing like feet down the dark hallway. There's another side to all of this. I'm there already. I've seen the end of it. And I want you to know right here as you walk through it all, you're okay. I haven't gone to sleep, and I won't.

Me: *crying. Can we sit together awhile? Can we just sit here a minute before I go back to facing it all?

God: There's nothing I'd love more.

Written by Becky Thompson��

Good Friday April 10th

Jesus' arms around the world

Loving Saviour, You willingly died to save us. On this day of remembrance we thank you for this amazing gift, 

Please pray for Siew Leng ( a former member of our church) recently returned from Malaysia after her mum died of Coronavirus there.

Easter Sunday April 12th

Chelmsford Methodists Easter morning worship

What is the 'normality to which we crave return? Follow the debate on the church What's App pages.

Monday April 13th

In case you missed it you can sing along to Hymns of Easter season click here

Wednesday April 15th

Don't miss Wednesday prayers with Ramona this evening

Thursday April 16th

There are many people in need of prayer at this time:

Baby Apollo as he struggles with his eyes which need to grow to avoid further operations. Sacha and Tamara need our prayers:

Come and watch over this beautiful child,
Wrap him in your strength and protection.
Come and minister healing and bring restoration,
Renew this precious one that is loved so dearly.
Come and soothe his trials, comfort and keep him,
Hold his parent's hearts safely and fill them with peace.
Come and dwell with this family as you, reside with us dear Lord.
For you are our sanctuary and our living hope.

Please pray for friends and relatives struck down by Covid-19 and other illnesses that they may know your peace: You might want to add names to the following prayer:

God of all hope we call on you today.
We pray for those who are living in fear:
Fear of illness, fear for loved ones, fear of other’s reactions to them.
May your Spirit give us a sense of calmness and peace.

Today we especially pray for those who are living with sickness – give them your strength.
Today please especially pray for ……................................................

In the name of Jesus.  Amen

Thursday April 23rd

  • baby Apollo still struggling in hospital with vision. Laser treatment planned for May 7th. He is being fed Amino Acids from next week. Tamara and Sacha still keeping vigil and hope alive 
  • Mike struggling with breathing
  • We remember all those who still have to work to keep our services running

Friday April 24th

Said goodbye to two of our members Len & Hilda. Please click Len's name for a recent photo.

Len Windsor and Hilda Sutton

Saturday April 25th

The May edition of Topic magazines published on this site today. From now onwards TOPIC edition is only being published in paper format for people without Internet access.

Monday May 4th

As statistics show that deaths in care homes continue to rise, we think of Dennis and Audrey who are in care. Audrey approaches her 93rd birthday this week. We remember the dedication of all care home staff looking after our loved ones in difficult circumstances.

We pray for Jo suffering from cancer and facing lengthy treatment.

Thursday May 7th

Today we are thinking of baby Apollo and his parents as the surgeons operate on his eyes. Also our dear friend Len who served our church for so many years, whose service of committal  takes place at 2.00pm.

Sunday May 10th

Thank the Lord that baby Apollo has come home from hospital after successful treatment on his eyes.

Tuesday May 19th

We remember Janice as she attends the funeral of her mum today.

Wednesday May 20th

Remembering Mark's mum who is very ill

Thursday May 28th

Praying for the family of Andrew, a nurse at Broomfield Hospital, who contracted Covid 19 and died this week

Sunday May 31st

Congratulations to Phil and Lucy  who were blessed with a bay boy today

Tuesday June 2nd

We continue to pray for Caroline's Uncle facing an operation in hospital next week

Wednesday June 2nd

remembering Mike's mum who had died today

Friday June 5th

Ellie and Louis going through a tough time facing return of her cancer and possible redundancy

For Jo coping with depression; encircle her with love.

Tuesday June 9th

For all those with anxieties about preparations for returning to work.

Wednesday June 10th

Welcome to Austin Selvan Devendra into our world. Our prayers are with Lucy and Phil

Monday June 15th

Praying for Caroline's uncle recovering from surgery.and for Janice's friend

Wednesday June 17th

Churches that are able to open for Private prayer that all may be safe especially those who are vulnerable.

Thursday June 18th

For the possibility of 'garden praise'

Friday June 19th

For Gary having a brain scan today and Mark's mum having chemo and radiotherapy

For Messy Church and home craft bag initiative..

 Thanks for answering prayer - 26 bags distributed!

Sunday June 21st

For Dad's everywhere;present and past' - especially those who cannot see thier children today

Monday June 22nd

Happy anniversary June and David!

Remembering Mike and family at Mum's funeral

Tuesday June 23rd

As we look forward to an announcement today about Churches reopening, remembering that safety for all as well as providing a worshipful service where all can attend are of paramount importance.

Wednesday June 24th

Ellie's long road of cancer treatment begins today

Tuesday June 25th

The Methodist Conference meets virtually today Please pray for Deacon Ramona Samuel and Sheridan Pengelley our Circuit representatives.

Monday June 29th

Government guidance issued today on re-opening churches from July 4th. Please pray fro those who must consider personal safety and spiritual needs

Wednesday June 30th

Bringing Church to elderly members back gardens in Broomfield today

Friday July 3rd

We celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the NHS and thank them for their commitment during the present crisis. Where would we have been without them all?

Saturday July 4th

We pray for Chelsea undergoing tests

Tuesday July 7th

A prayerful consultation has been sent to our church congregation about the restrictions and possible return to worship. Please respond by July 15th.

Saturday July 18th

A wedding at our church today! Evan and Leslie we wish you well for your future life together

Praying for Barbara's sister in hospital after falls at home

Monday July 20th

For Caroline returning to work today. For Jo's good news about her cancer.

Wednesday July 22nd

For The Overcomers group taking services to those shielding. 

Monday July 27th

Praying for Caroline's uncle back in hospital with an infection

Wednesday July 29th

Praying for those folk still shielding. Great that the Overcomers  group are taking worship to their homes coming together for the first time since lockdown.

For our dear friend S...... returning home for the first time.

Saturday August 1st

For those venturing out today for the first time after shielding.

Tuesday August 4th

Lynne reminded us through a story that for some people our life styles are the only Bible they will ever read! A sobering responsibility!

Wednesday August 12th

News and photo of baby Apollo from mum Tamara and dad Sacha,  Apollo looks full of beans! An answer to prayer surely ( see April 7th above).

Friday August 14th

Welcome to baby Henley into the world at 8lb 15oz 

Monday August 17th

Praying for Ellie as she has her stem cells harvested prior to more cancer treatment in September.

Later news the procedure went well bless her!

Tuesday August 18th

Praying for Amy alone in hospital expecting her baby

Friday August 21st

Celebrating one of our member's 38th wedding anniversary. Best wishes  and love to Lynne and Keith

Saturday August 22nd

Our prayers are with Janice who returned to hospital last night and with Tim who worries about her.

Monday August 23rd

Janice is responding well to rest and treatment

Tuesday August 25th

For the vulnerable sleeping on the streets in Chelmsford. Janice returns home tomorrow.

Tuesday September 1st

Planning for return to church worship on Sunday. We aim to  involve as many 'absent friends'as we can. Online services will continue.

Praying for teachers and students returning to school and universities  this week. Lord calm their anxieties and fears.

Sunday September 6th

19 people safely worshiped together this morning. Coffee and socially distanced chat in the car park afterward was lovely.

After our return to worship entries on this page are to be discontinued. 

England returned to restrictions on movement and activity on November 5th and the Church was again closed to public worship for the time being

Sunday November 8th

Monday November 9th

We pray for George and his family as they wrestle with uncertainty over the future.

We pray for NHS hospitals and staff coping with huge rises in admissions larger than at the beginning of the pandemic - often with reducing numbers of staff self-isolation or ill themselves.

Tuesday November 10th

Surely God's hand in the number of requests for Messy Church Christmas bags! Had to close the web page as requests outstripped resources massively - a good problem to have and members of the church are pulling together to fulfill over 100 requests!

Wednesday November 11th

Audrey  one of our eldest members age 90, passed on peacefully to one of God's many mansions yesterday.

Saturday 14th November

Good News - Jo ( see May 4th) is in full remission

Sunday November 16th

The hymn 'In the darkness of the night' many peole loved from this morning's online service:

Tuesday November 17th

George starts his cancer treatment today in London

Thursday November 19th

Keep strong Janice for yourself and everyone who loves you.

Saturday November 21st

Prayers for Denzel in hospital after a car accident

Our prayers lay the track down which God's power can come. Like a mighty locomotive, his power is irresistible, but cannot reach us without rails

Watchman Nee

Friday November 27th

Janice has been taken into hospital and we pray for the doctors and nurses who will give her excellent care there

Wednesday December 1st

Janice continues to be very poorly and we continue pray for her.

Friday December 4th

Prayers for George going through a difficult time undergoing Chemotherapy and his family who are so worried for him.

Monday December 7th

Audrey's funeral takes place at the Chelmsford Crematorium

Wednesday December 9th

Prayers for little Saffron taken to hospital today with an infection but returned home this evening and on the mend.

Tuesday December 15th

Prayers of thanks for Jo's dad home today after hospital treatment

Wednesday December 16th

Praying for Pat J. in hospital after testing positive for Covid 19

Thursday December 17th

Praying for all those whose relationships are under great strain at the moment and for those who suffer as a result

Friday December 18th

Prayers for Lynne frustrated at cancelled hospital treatments due to the pandemic

Sunday December 20th

Stones painted with stars of hope left around the village have been found and brought . The 'Bethlehem star' of hope has also appeared in the night sky as Christmas Day approaches.

Monday December 21st

Flooding the church car park tonight with light and hope

Praying for Tim tested positive today for Covid 19. Also for Janice now back home but still v. poorly.

Thursday December 24th - Christmas Eve

Praying for peace and hope at this special time when we are reminded of the light and hope Jesus brought into our world

Praying also for Eric who has tested positive and his son-in-law Tony also tested positive.

Pat J now out of hospital and temporarily in a care home recuperating

Christmas Day

Happy Christmas everyone!!

Saffy back at hospital after a fall and we wish her well..Prayers for Shahala also with Covid 19.

Sunday December 27th

Janice again in hospital and struggling; and our prayers go with her. Tim also admitted to hospital but sent home again.

Monday December 28th

Prayers for Darren admitted to hospital with Covid 19 and pneumonia . For all those suffering at this time of escalating concerns.

Praying for Eric now in Hospital too and for Janice as she moves into intensive care

Wednesday December 30th

Praying for all NHS staff who labour on under increasing pressure and exhaustion

Thursday December 31st

Prayers for the Broomfield Hospital chaplaincy team at this time of great stress and exhaustion

Friday January 1st

Thankful that Tim is back home to recover. Praying continuously for Janice who remains v. poorly in intensive care.may God hold you all in his arms. Our church family continue to encircle you with love.

Praying for peace, hope and strength for 2021 during these darkest of times.

Monday January 4th

There are times when we see only one set of footprints in the sand. That is when God is carrying us - we are not alone.

Thankful that Richard tested negative and that Amy can come out of isolation

praying for Eric also now on a ventilator

Friday January 8th

Praying for Janice as she fights on; we surround her and her family with love and prayer.

Prying also for Amy as she is taken into hospital

Saturday January 9th

Janice has lost her struggle and we prayer for her as she passes on to life with our Lord. Praying also for Tim struggling with his grief. We are all devastated at the loss our our dear friend.

Wednesday January 13th

Thankful that the results of George's scan are good but he still suffers from side effects of Chemotherapy as treatment continues.

Lynne also in hospital today

Thursday January 14th

Eric lost his struggle this morning and  passed on to be with his Lord. Our prayers for his family

Monday January 18th

Remembering Kath in our prayers today after a fall at home

Tuesday January 19th

Our prayers for Lilias in hospital with Covid 19

Wednesday January 20th

Caroline's Dad in hospital. Praying for all affected by the virus as we reach the peak of infections. We pray that Government will take th right decisions to protect us.

Thankful for news that Ellie is cancer free

Tuesday January 26th

Praying for Kath as she transfers to a care home from hospital

Friday January 29th

Praying for Louise in Australia bitten by a venomous spider

Sunday January 31st

Praying for George back in Broomfield Hospital with blood clots but returned home later with nursing support.

Continuing with prayers for Lilias still in hospital and for Tracy and Jordan after they tested positive with Coronavirus.

Monday February 1st

Praying for all those testing positive for Coronavirus at this heightened time of infection. Especially for Lilias, Tracey and Jordan. We pray they may have the strength to endure and the courage to protect others.

Tuesday February 2nd

Praying for clarity of understanding as the nation goes through testing times.

For all those who have lost their lives and for inspirational people like Captain Sr Tom Moore who died today

Wednesday February 3rd

Praying for all on the front line of  the infection battle; especially for those like Oliver at Broomfield Hospital who today has made the ultimate sacrifice.

Friday February 5th

For all who suffer from anxiety or depression heightened through this pandemic who may be locked in loneliness. May strength be provided by the One who looks over us all.

Sunday February 7th

Grateful that Louise is on the mend.

Monday February 8th

Happy Birthday to anyone who is 21 today - CM

Wednesday February 10th

Parying for George as he undergoes the last treatments for cancer

And for Amy and the concerns surrounding the imminent birth of her baby

For Eric's Family as they lay dad to

Thursday February 11th

For Tim as they mourn at today's funeral.Live on forever in our hearts Janice.

Sunday February 14th

Prayers today for racial justice Sunday

Tuesday February 16th

Prayers for Jo whose cancer has returned. (see July 20th)

Wednesday February 17th

Praying for Amy and her consultant during these anxious birthing decisions

Monday February 22nd

Praying for George who has completed his treatment but is anxious about rerun of cancer

For Caroline's uncle Fred whose cancer is not in full remission

Thursday February 25th

Prayers for Lilias as she leaves hospital but is still very poorly

Friday February 26th

As we complete 11 months of restricted movement our prayer today is that the loving arms of God will be wrapped around us and that we will know that he will never leave our side.

For all medical practitioners unable to see patients that they will act wil sensitivity and wisdom

Wednesday March 3rd

Anxious times for Amy and Rich awaiting the birth of their baby

Thursday March 4th

Llias passed away last night and we pray that the peace she longed for will be with her for ever now.

As one life ends another begins with the safe arrival of baby Imogen daughter to Amy and Rich.

Thursday March 11th

Prayers answered for Kath who moves today to Madelayne Court

George as he goes for his PET scan

Sunday March 14th

For all Mothers today

Friday March 19th

Good news that George's treatment has been successful

Sunday March 21st

Barbara brought the following prayer to our church online community:

Place your hand in the hand of the Lord,

Walk with your hand in the hand of the Lord and you will never be afraid.

No matter how steep or rough your path, you will always make it through.

In your weakness you will find His strength,and you’ll find your fears all gone.

Just place your hand in the hand of the Lord and keep on keeping on.


Monday March 22nd

Praying for Lisa and Jack ( age just 21) who has leukaemia and whose treatment has been paused because of infection.

Monday March 29th

Praying for Lucy who has severe flu symptoms

Wednesday March 23rd

Praying for Margaret who has lost her doggy best friend Lexy to a stroke and is now on her own at home.

Sunday April 4th

Happy Easter! Christ is risen today. Alleullia!

Thursday April 6th

For Maria (Les' cousin) in intensive care following Chemotherapy

Friday April 9th

Lilias' funeral today. Goodbye to a faithful servant and friend of the church. Mazy she rest in peace at last. after a long struggle.

Saturday April 11th

Rachel finally weds after many Covid cancellations

Friday April 16th

Maria finally out of intensive care - an answer to our prayers.

Thursday April 22nd

World Earth Day - praying for healing in the World and as our church considers its response to Climate Change.

Friday April 23rd

Praying for those suffering from inadequate or appropriate medical care struggling to carry on with life's responsibilities.

Sunday April 25th

Our church re-opens for covid secure worship today.

Following the announcement by the Government that churches can re-open in a Covid secure way, The Church opened for Sunday Worship on April 25th 2021 where corporate prayers can be offered once again. Because of this we will be discontinuing the prayers on this page