Category Archives: sanctum

iPhone kiosk mode made easy

In Sanctum, our reflective space for schools, we sometimes create activities which use a short video as a starting point for reflection. So far we’ve done this either by putting the video into a Keynote presentation and running it in self playing … Continue reading

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Christian Youth Work Awards 2014

              Last night one of the spiritual development resources that we’ve created for our work with Colchester schools, Sanctum, won the Best Youth Work Resource award at the Christian Youth Work Awards 2014. Our thanks to … 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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Sanctum – Calm Jar

When we first created Sanctum we had a zone where students could just be still on beanbags in a white draped area. Amazingly, some ‘got it’ and, understanding the point of the exercise, actually experienced a bit of peace. But … Continue reading

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Sanctum at the Gilberd School

“Peaceful”, “Calming”, Relaxing”, “a safe place to let out your feelings”, “Spiritual”; just some of the words and phrases students used to describe their experience of Sanctum last week. Sanctum is our prayer space for schools and this was the … Continue reading

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Sanctum – reflections on our week at Stanway School

Our 20th Sanctum concluded last lesson on Friday with a wonderful Year 8 class. This is a very good school and we’re very grateful for the way we’re welcomed and involved here. Although we haven’t yet had time to go … Continue reading

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Sanctum at Stanway School

Sanctum, our prayer space for schools, is back in the Stanway School this week for the third year running. This has always been a special week for us, coming as it does at the end of the school year. We’re … Continue reading

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Sanctum at Alderman Blaxill School – Friday

Friday was another good day, rounding off a very positive week. True, there have been some difficult classes, though this really only boils down to a few troubled individuals, but otherwise the way the students engaged coupled with the enthusiastic … Continue reading

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Sanctum at Alderman Blaxill School – Thursday

There’s absolutely no doubt that, whether you believe in spirituality or not, Sanctum has a profound and positive therapeutic impact on young people. Although we can’t go into details, over the last four days we’ve had several young people who … Continue reading

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Sanctum at Alderman Blaxill School – Wednesday

It’s been a busy day with four classes and a full prayer room at break and lunch time and although it’s sometimes felt just a little chaotic, in amongst all the activity many students have opened up or discovered peace … Continue reading

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