Author Archives: Tim Abbott

Prayer Spaces in Schools autumn conferences

The number of prayer spaces happening in schools and colleges continues to grow exponentially with over 500 (that we know of) in the last five years. Some people have run loads, some are just setting out. In that time we’ve … Continue reading

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Indian Summer

In mid-April my mum was diagnosed with cancer, including multiple brain tumours, which robbed her of most of her speech and language capacity as well as much right-side motor function. For a while, drug treatment all but neutralised the impact … Continue reading

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GO4 Market Café

The GO4 Enterprises Market Café opened just over a month ago in Holy Trinity Church (one of the oldest buildings in Colchester, parts of which date back to about 1000AD) and is an amazing place full of craft, art, vintage stuff … Continue reading

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A book about one school’s prayer space

Way back in early December Hope Church here in Colchester ran iNSPiRE, a prayer space in a local CofE Primary School where they work regularly. As a way of recording the week and feeding back to the school one of … Continue reading

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Borderlands, a photo by timabbott on Flickr.

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Young People and Loss

On Monday we hosted a training day led by Pete English from This Way Up, a charity that specialises in supporting young people through bereavement and loss. So many of the young people we work with today have experienced some … Continue reading

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Memorise a few vital numbers

Over the course of one day recently I met three people who probably wish they had memorised a few vital phone numbers. The first was someone who had been out clearing snow for their neighbour when they got locked out … Continue reading

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Big questions and small beginnings at Colchester Institute

Colchester Institute provides further education, vocational training and higher education to degree level for people from across the north east Essex area and beyond. This week we were involved at the huge Colchester campus as part of their Equality and Diversity week. … Continue reading

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Young people and ‘sexting’

Sexting: An Exploration of Practices, Attitudes and Influences is a report from the UK Safer Internet Centre and NSPCC which came out in December 2012. The report surveyed 120 Year 9 pupils from three counties through group discussions looking at how they … Continue reading

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Bethlehem tells the Christmas story

The people of Bethlehem today retelling the Christmas story. I love this kind of story-telling. It helped my appreciation of the events of that first Christmas and the events of Jesus’ birthplace today. Video by SPAM, St. Paul’s Arts and … Continue reading

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