Prayer for Colchester

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Colchester Advent Prayer Guide

Colchester is very blessed with a number of Christian Organisations, Agencies and Chaplaincies

Colchester is very blessed with a number of Christian Organisations, Agencies and Chaplaincies

We hope you will use this Prayer guide as a focus for daily prayer during the Advent season. We also hope that it will provide you with some knowledge of the breadth of Christian works and the contact details for each.

We start our guide on Advent Sunday 2nd December, beginning with praying for the Colchester Borough and we conclude on 24th December praying for World Peace

To download a printable version of this file click here advent prayer guide 2018

Advent Sunday
December 2nd
Colchester Borough

At the start of this Advent season, we pray for God’s blessing for our town. We pray for the Colchester residents and all those work in and visit the Borough.We remember our MPs – Will Quince, Bernard Jenkin and Priti Patel Our Mayor – Peter Chillingworth and Borough Councillors

 December 3rd
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.

December 4th
Christian Youth Outreach (CYO)
Contact details: CYO, Elim Church, Clematis Way, Colchester, CO4 0QH 01206 863835

CYO works with schools and colleges to be a distinctive Christian presence, to support the pastoral care of pupils and staff and to help develop spiritual life. We do this by providing or supporting chaplains and mentors who work regularly with schools and colleges in the Colchester area. 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. We also support those working in primary schools and can offer training and resources to those wishing to run prayer spaces. At the heart of our work is the passion to connect the work of God’s Kingdom to the world of education, helping the church to be good news to schools and colleges.

 December 5th
Colchester CAP Debt Center
Contact details: Paula Goddard, Centre Manager

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

December 6th
The Gideons International
Contact details for North Essex Branch:
Mrs Anne Owen, Tel. 01206 383843, Mob. 07968 745669.

Aim: 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. The local Gideons offer copies of the New Testament with Psalms to school pupils in Year 7 and to University of Essex students and staff at their Freshers’ Fair each October. We visit local hospitals to place Testaments in bedside lockers. We offer Large Print Testaments to residents of Care Homes and place full Bibles in hotels, as well as Doctors’, Dentists’ and Solicitors’ waiting rooms.

December 7th
Essex Christian Healing Trust (NE Essex)
Contact details:

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”. We have a prayer diary which is available on request. The prayer diary covers most aspects of Healing Ministry in Essex and beyond over a month of suggested topics.

December 8th
Open Door Colchester
Contact details: Eld Lane, Colchester CO1 1LS 01206 769436

Open Door drop-in centre is based in the heart of Colchester and provides a safe and welcoming environment to all. They are passionate about ensuring everyone can find a listening ear and they support some of the most vulnerable people in our town who are struggling with mental illness, homelessness, addiction, relationship breakdown, low incomes, social isolation… Please also pray for their informal Sunday@One service which gives their guests opportunity to explore and express their faith.

December 9th
University of Essex Anglican Chaplaincy
Contact details: 07779 266034

University Chaplaincy is a coal-face ministry.  I work with hundreds of 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.  During term time, I run a weekly breakfast bible study and a midweek service of Holy Communion.  Each month there is also a topical discussion with cake and an invited speaker, plus a film night/social at my home.

December 10th
Journey into Wholeness
Contact details: Howard Gardner

We are a registered charity supported by members of many different Churches. We have stalls at Mind Body Spirit events in Essex and use the Jesus Deck as a very effective means of sharing Jesus with New Age spiritual seekers.

December 11th
Cantus Firmus Trust
Contact details: David Gunton:

Cantus Firmus is a local registered charity which encourages and introduces the use of creative arts – music, singing, art, writing, dance, drama – in worship and outreach, and offers this to Churches in the Colchester area (and further afield) for the enrichment of their worship and ministry.

December 12th
Colchester Town Mission Trust
Contact details: Jon Potterton 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 the distribution of gifts.

December 13th
Friends International at the University of Essex
Contact details: Pin and Enoch Kunarajah
E-mail:    07762 896158

We offer friendship to international students through a variety of regular events including iCafe, iWomen and iStudy [Bible Study]. 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. We give thanks for our new staff workers, Pin and Enoch, and need prayer for more financial support. Pray that our Christmas Parties on 8th and 15th December will help the students to understand the Gospel through the Christmas Carols and the talk.

December 14th
St Helena Chaplaincy
Contact details: Rev Gill Moore & Rev Vickie Peters.
Telephone 01206 845566

Chaplaincy offers spiritual care to all people in our local area with a life-limiting illness who are receiving care from St Helena. Spiritual care is about helping people to find their inner peace, sense of purpose and hope in life

December 15th
Out4Good Colchester
Contact details: Julie Ellis – 07792 298433

We help reduce re-offending, homelessness and substance misuse. O4G supports young adults to change their lives in a positive way, so they can live successfully in society and have a bright future. O4G provides intensive support to the young adults, delivering anger management with consequential thinking and communication skills, restorative justice and healthy relationship programmes. Through this, staff teach young adults strategies to manage their own behaviour, so they can live in supported housing or their own accommodation successfully. We also support the young adults in court and work with them in prison. We also signpost the young adults to other agencies, e.g. substance misuse and mental health services.

December 16th
Colchester Street Pastors
Contact details: Stef Jones Tel: 07881381265

Colchester 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 3.30am. 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.

December 17th
Colchester Soup Run
Contact details: Wendy Allen

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.

December 18th
East Suffolk North Essex NHS Foundation Trust Chaplaincy
Contact details: The on-call Chaplain can be contacted through the hospital switchboard – 01206 747474

The Chaplaincy team is an integral part of the healthcare team working alongside other departments to provide holistic care to patients, family members and friends, as well as staff. Chaplaincy provides spiritual care that recognises and responds to the needs of the human spirit when faced with trauma, ill health or sadness and can include the need for meaning, for self-worth, to express oneself, for faith support, perhaps for rites or prayer or sacraments, or simply for a sensitive, non-judgmental, confidential listener. Chaplaincy is about expressing respect and care, about listening in a compassionate way, helping to create a space which cares for the spiritual needs of the patient and family as well as the staff, and bringing a different light to often difficult situations. Chaplaincy sheds light in a different way.

December 19th
Essex Integration
Contact details: Mark Snelling, Operations Manager
76, East Hill, Colchester, CO1 2QW Telephone: 01206 861180

Essex Integration is a non-profit organisation that provides essential support services to newly arriving refugees and migrants accepted under the Home Office VPR scheme to Essex.

While it works on a contract basis for Essex County Council to deliver the core requirements of the scheme, it also provides, as a charitable trust, wider integration support through a range of voluntary and community services.

Essex Integration has a Christian ethos underpinning our values as we serve and support migrants and refugees.

December 20th
Colchester Foodbank
Contact details: Michael Beckett – Manager Telephone: 01206 621998 Address: Unit C33 Moorside Business Park (off Eastgates), Colchester CO1 2ZF Hours: 10am to 2pm, Mondays to Fridays

Frontline professionals refer individuals and families in crisis to our charity, over one in three of whom are children.

December 21st
Abbeyfield Community Project
Contact details: Mark and Naomi Snelling
Telephone number: 01206 570361   or our facebook page

Based at 170 Berechurch Road (near the Garrison in Colchester) 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.

The project is now in its 14th year and Mark and Naomi Snelling took up part time roles as its community workers in September 2015. The house is their family home as well as the venue for weekly and seasonal activities including a community meal, toddler group and informal worship event.

December 22nd
Colchester Korban
Contact details: Mark Wood, Project Manager
Telephone: 01206 869533 / 07435 974356

Colchester Korban Project is a supported housing charity working with vulnerable young homeless people aged 16-25. We house 8 young people in total giving them a place of warmth, safety and support, with 5 residents in Bethany Place, and 3 in our move-on accommodation, Bethel House which we opened in December last year. Korban offers young people a home where they are accepted and can feel secure. We aim to give all our residents a healing experience of family and enable them to take the steps necessary to move forward into fully independent living. God iz doing great things and over the last year 4 of our residents have moved into their own flats and 2 have gone to university!

There is a continuing need to support and accommodate ulnerable young people who have found themselves homeless and Korban is planning to develop and grow over the next few years. We are able to show God’s love in this way because of the generosity and support of the church of Colchester. Thank you for your prayers.

December 23rd

Seeking God’s Blessing for Colchester
Contact details:

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.

Our Mission Statement is: “To enable Christian Churches and Agencies in the Borough of Colchester to work together so that the world may believe in Jesus”.

December 24th
World Peace

As we approach the celebrations of the birth of the Prince of Peace, let us remember all those who suffer daily, who strive to protect others and let us pray that the love of our Lord will be shared through us and throughout the world this Christmas.