Prayer for Colchester

Beacon House
Contact details: Vivienne Wiggins – 01206 761960
Bringing hope, peace and comfort to Homeless people in the town, as we supply hot meals, nursing care, laundry, showers, IT access and a range of support.

Christian Youth Outreach (CYO)
Contact details: CYO, Elim Church, Clematis Way, Colchester, CO4 0QH 01206 863835
CYO works with schools to support the pastoral care of young people and to help develop spiritual life in school. We do this by providing or supporting chaplains and mentors who work regularly with schools and the Sixth Form College. Our ‘Sanctum’ prayer space project gives young people an opportunity to explore prayer and their own spiritual life and our ‘Beloved’ course helps Year 9 girls to discover their true value. We also do occasional lessons and assemblies linked to the chaplaincy work. Although we don’t work directly with primary schools CYO runs termly networking, resource sharing and training events for people working in primary schools as staff or visitors and we are building up a range of material to assist those who want to run prayer spaces in primary schools. At the heart of our work is the passion to connect the work of God’s Kingdom to the world of education, helping churches to serve schools effectively and appropriately.

Colchester CAP Debt Center
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Partnering with Christians Against Poverty, CAP Colchester offers free debt counseling, Job Clubs and Money management to those affected by poverty.

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WoWFactor is a charity providing free high quality interview clothes, styling advice and professional mentors to low income, vulnerable, out-of-work but job ready women. WoWFactor helps them feel confident, succeed at job interview, become economically independent and personally fulfilled

The Gideons International
Contact details for North Essex Branch:
Mrs Anne Owen, Tel. 01206 383843, Mob. 07968 745669.
To place copies of God’s Word in the traffic lanes of life, in order to win men, women and young people to the Lord Jesus Christ.

Essex Christian Healing Trust (NE Essex)
Contact details: Anne Mason 07968 424670
The Essex Christian Healing Trust is “an ecumenical body that exists to support and encourage the Christian Ministry of Healing throughout Essex and East London.”

Open Door Colchester
Contact details: Eld Lane, Colchester CO1 1LS 01206 769436
kOpen Door drop-in centre is based in the centre of Colchester and provides a safe and welcoming environment to all. We believe that everyone in life should be able to go somewhere to meet friends, make new ones, and receive support or advice if/when needed, regardless of their present or past circumstances

University of Essex Anglican Chaplaincy
Contact details: 07779 266034
University Chaplaincy is a coal-face ministry. I work with staff and students, people of all faiths and none.  I operate a drop-in service and try to be visible round campus by walking my dog.  Each month there is a film night, a bible study with cake, and I also put on a weekly bible study and a lunchtime service.

Journey into Wholeness
Contact details: Howard Gardner
We are a registered charity supported by a by members of many different Churches. We attend Mind Body Spirit events in Essex and share Jesus with New Age spiritual seekers.

Cantus Firmus Trust
Contact details: David Gunton:
Cantus Firmus is a local registered charity which encourages the use of creative arts – music, singing, art, writing, dance, drama – in worship and outreach, and offers this to Churches for the enrichment of their worship and ministry.
Our musicians and singers have a broad repertoire, and cre8 are a young people’s dance and drama group, all of whom are available to support and work with Churches in the Colchester area (and further afield).

Smile Puppets
Contact details: Ella Havell 1 Lexden Mews Colchester Essex CO3 4DA  01206 577902 07817 412016
We offer outreach using puppets, games, songs and much more with a christian message

Colchester Town Mission Trust
Contact details: Vic Copus email:
Colchester Town Mission Trust manages invested assets so that the interest can be used for supporting evangelistic work in Colchester and District. Trustees meet in April and October to determine distribution of gifts.

Friends International at the University of Essex
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We offer friendship to international students through a variety of events and acticities including iCafe, iWomen and iExplore. Please pray particularly for our iHome programme which runs through the Christmas vacation offering students the opportunity to be hosted for a meal by a local Christian family

St Helena Hospice Chaplaincy
Contact details: Rev Canon Trevor Walt and Rev Gill Moore. Telephone 01206 845566
Chaplaincy is about lending a listening ear, and simply ‘being there’ at a time when people are facing difficult times. Chaplains don’t have all the answers, but they are willing to walk alongside patients/families as they struggle to find a way forward through difficult times

St Peter’s Church with Beacon House Guest House Project
Contact details: Rev Mark Wallace 01206 572641
Working with Beacon House we seek to welcome those in need who are homeless and sleep in rough, to serve them a hot meal, to spend time getting to know them, to seek to help them in ways appropriate to their needs, to offer them a comfortable and safe bed for the night, and then to offer them a warm breakfast in the morning

Colchester Street Pastors
Contact details: Stef Jones Tel: 07881381265
Colchester Street Street pastors are trained volunteers from many Churches in the Colchester area who care about their community. We can be found in the town centre Fridays and Saturday nights 11pm until about 4am. Street Pastors engage with people on the streets to care for them, listen to them and help them. They work together with other partners in the night-time economy to make communities safer

Colchester Hospital Chaplaincy
Contact details: The on-call Chaplain can be contacted through the hospital switchboard – 01206 747474
The work of the Chaplaincy Team is to offer spiritual and religious support to patients, their relatives, and members of staff by providing a confidential listening ear and a safe context in which to make sense of the circumstances they find themselves in.

Colchester Soup Run
Contact details: Ann Bates
The Colchester Soup run have volunteers from several churches in the area. We provide sandwiches and hot drinks, soup, tea and coffee together with fruit and treats of chocolate and crisps every night of the year. The visitors know that we are all Christians and often ask for our prayers. In particular these people this winter need the stamina to cope with the cold and wet we are forecast to have. They also ask for prayers for their families.

Fresh Beginnings – Migrant and Refugee Support Centre
Contact details: Fresh Beginnings. Abbeygate Two. 9 Whitewell Road. Colchester, Essex CO2 7DE Tel: (01206) 616727
Fresh Beginnings is a voluntary organisation based in Colchester, providing practical help to refugees, asylum seekers and migrant workers in North Essex.

Colchester Foodbank
Contact details: Corinne Thompson – Manager Telephone: 01206 621998 Address: Unit C33 Moorside Business Park (off Eastgates), Colchester CO1 2ZF Hours: 10am to 2pm, Mondays to Fridays
To meet immediate need for Food Poverty To move individuals out of poverty from their contact with us and our services To work pro-actively to reduce the need for Foodbank by research and analysis

‘For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’ Matthew 25:35-36

Abbeyfield Community Project
Contact details: Mark and Naomi Snelling 170 Berechurch Road, Colchester, Essex CO2 7QQ Telephone number: 01206 570361
The ‘AbbeyField Community Project’ is a group of local churches working together with the residents of AbbeyField to establish and maintain a thriving community where everyone has a sense of belonging and value.

GO4 Entreprises
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GO4 Enterprises is a Community Interest Company which is basically a Ltd Company (Shares) that has further regulation by the CIC Regulator to ensure it reinvests profits into its social purposes. In the case of GO4 that is to offer volunteering, training and employment opportunities through its cafe to unemployed people. It also supports independent small enterprises through its GO4 market. Although established by Christians it is open to all though some of its Directors are Christians

Colchester Korban
Contact details: Steve Lawton, Project Manager Telephone: 01206 869533 / 07435 974356 Email: (NB this website is being updated)
Colchester Korban is a small supported housing charity working with young people in crisis. We operate a 5 bedroom house giving a place of warmth, safety and support to 5 homeless young people at a time. Our desire is to create a homely environment for young people to feel safe, accepted and able to move forward from. We are able to do this because of the generosity of the local church and due to the ever present need to support and accommodate young people who have found themselves homeless and in a vulnerable situation. We appreciate your prayers

Seeking God’s Blessing for Colchester
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Purpose Statement: SGBC exists to Support, Encourage, Enable, and Kindle Christian mission activity and cooperation in, and to bless, the Borough of Colchester in the name of Jesus Christ. Mission Statement: To enable Christian Churches and Agencies in the Borough of Colchester to work together so that the world may believe in Jesus.