Friday, January 10, 2014

Happy New Year

Its 2014 and we have some really exciting things coming up at Colchester Boiler Room!

Sunday Afternoon Meals:
Sundays we meet at 170 Berechurch Rd at 1:00 pm for a shared meal together, followed by some tea and coffees where the adults have a light casual chat about a faith question (drawn from a very mysterious deck of cards that have lots of random, yet slightly deep questions about God, Christianity and faith)  and the children have an active Bible Story in another room.
We have a small donation box that people can put money in towards to food or we ask that people serve the community by offering to cook one of the meals that we share by joining the cooking rota.

TWO NEW THINGS:1. Simple Sundays: Starting this New Year we are going to start having Simple Sundays every other Sunday (ish). On these Sundays we will eat a simple meal of soup and bread and ask people to consider those in need. There also will be an opportunity to give donations to a specific charity in need. Look out for these on the following dates:
Sunday 12th January 2014
Sunday 2nd February 2014

2. Pilgrimage: In the new year we like to travel to the homes of  community members and pray a blessing over their home and family/house mates. This will be happening following our gathering time on Sunday 12th January 2014 and then during our Gathered Community Prayer Time on Wednesday 15th January 2014. 

Big Gathered Sundays: 
Every other month we try and gather as a community for a longer and deeper time together. We invite a special speaker to provide the community with quality teaching on a specific topic. Over the last year we have been learning about the 6 Boiler Room Values (Prayer, Mission, Creativity, Hospitality, Learning and Justice). THIS TIME IT WILL BE ON JUSTICE. This is a great time to invite someone along to our community meal to see what we are all about. There is a children's activity during the talk. Remember, on these Sundays we have a BRING AND SHARE MEAL, so bring a nice dish to pass along to share with everyone.

Weekly Learning Groups:
Being a part of a church community isn't all about just coming on a Sunday. During the week we have two opportunities for gathering and learning about the bible and God.

Monday Evening: We have an adult group that meets Monday Evenings from 7:30-9:30pm at 170 Berechurch Rd. This group is facilitated by Tina and Steve Lawton and if you would like to join just contact them through one of their emails: Steve/ or Tina/

Thursday Mornings: There is a baby and carers group that meets at 170 Berechurch Rd from 10:00am -Noon. It has lots of toys out for the kiddies and then there is a time for chat and bible discussion for the adults. This is facilitated by Jim and Liz Andres and if you are interested in joining please contact Liz: 07531027263

Prayer Day: 
Every Wednesdays from 11am to 11pm we have our prayer room open for people to book in to fill one hour prayer slots. The idea is that together we can cover 12 hours of prayer by each individually taking our part in covering an hour of payer in the prayer room. We have a permanently set up prayer room that has lots of creative prayer activities and inspirations set up.
There also are two times to gather with people and pray during these times,
11:00am to Noon Pray for the Nations: gather with people that are really enthusiastic about praying for other people in other places... especially Christians who are being persecuted for their faith.
8:00pm to 9:00pm Gathered Community Payer: Everyone is welcome to join us as we gather together and pray for each other and our local neighbourhood.
If you would like to book in please email Tina at

If any of this interest you and you are not already linked into our community please either contact Tina or Steve (as above) or Jim and Liz (as above). There also is a facebook group called "Colchester Boiler Room Community" that is a great way to link into what are community is about.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Shoe Boxes To Kosovo

The big news this week is that Colchester Boiler Room will be Collecting Shoe Boxes filled with goodies for children this Sunday 17th November 2013.

Below are the instructions for how best to fill a shoe box. I spoke with Liz Andrew, one of the leaders of our community who used to work in Kazakhstan and  was familiar with getting shoeboxes to hand out to people in need. She said the ones they always run low on are the 10-14 year old boy shoeboxes. So if you really want to make up the most needed box fill one up for a boy 10-14 year old.

All the shoeboxes are coming to a town called Gjakova in Kosovo. This is the place that steve went and lived in for 4 months about 5 years ago. Steve and Tina went again in 2011 and the people there are incredible. Many are still struggling from the effects of the war that happened with Serbia and poverty is a real every day thing there.

The shoeboxes you fill will be given to Roma Gypsies Children and for many this will be all they receive this Christmas. So if you have a spare shoebox or two lying around... consider filling it and then bring it it around our Community House 17th November 2013. Our community regularly shares a Sunday Meal from 1:00 to 3:00pm on Sunday so drop it off around then and you can have lunch with us too!!

Hope to see lots of you with your shoeboxes this Sunday!

Here is the instructions for filling the boxes: 

Choose to fill a box with item either for 2-4 years, 5-9 years or 10-14 years

The list of items suggested for each box are:
- cuddly toy
- toothbrush, toothpaste, bar of wrapped soap, flannel
- note pad, drawing paper, picture, comic books
- pencils, pens and pencil sharpener
- hat, cap, gloves or scarf
- small ball or tennis ball
- a puzzle (small jigsaw)
- For boys: a toy car, truck, passenger plane or similar and football cards
- For girls: small jewellery set, doll, skipping rope or hair accessories
- a greetings card and / or a photo of yourself
- wrapped sweets (sell by date must be at least March 2014)

Do not include:
- chocolate or other edible items due to customs
- war related items, toy guns, planes, soldiers, knives
- clothing (other than above)
- glass containers, mirrors, fragile items
- liquids of any type, i.e. bubbles, shower gel, shampoo
- marbles or sharp objects
- anything political or religious or racial
- medicines
- books with many words
- hand made or knitted stuffed toys

Monday, September 23, 2013

Prayer Room Prepped for Autumn

Colchester Boiler Room has prepped the prayer room for Autumn... but we are not finished yet! Every Wednesday the prayer room is open from 11am to 11pm. Book in a time to pray by letting Tina or Steve know that you want to get involved in praying... or speak to any other member of the community.

To sign up for this weeks prayer room click this link:

“Don’t let this throw you. You trust God, don’t you? Trust me. There is plenty of room for you in my Father’s home. If that weren’t so, would I have told you that I’m on my way to get a room ready for you? And if I’m on my way to get your room ready, I’ll come back and get you so you can live where I live. And you already know the road I’m taking." John 14:1-4

Monday, September 02, 2013

Colchester Boiler Room is Back

After two weeks of a break Colchester Boiler Room will commence it's Community Rhythms this weeks.

FYI: 170 Berechurch road is being decorated over the next few weeks and we will not be able to gather inside the house as Boiler Room, but outside is free reign! :)

Things to look forward to this week:

Prayer Day
Wednesday 4th September 2013:
Pray for the Nations TBA Contact Liz Andrews for more information where to meet.
Prayer Walking at 7pm. Meet at 170 Berechurch Rd and Tina will be organizing those who want to go walking round our estate praying for our neighbours and the future!

Learning Day
Thursday 5th September 2013
Morning Learning Mini (playgroup) will not meet this week
Evening Learning Mini meet at 7pm at Steve and Tina's place on memnon court

Shared Meal
Sunday 8th September 2013
Meet at the Gurkha Restaurant near Abbeyfields at 1pm. They serve a set curry meal for £10.95, kids under 8(ish) eat free. We will pass a hat around the table at the meal and ask that people bring a minimum of £5... more if you can.... to help cover the cost of the meal. Boiler Room Community will help cover the rest.

Also just a side note... Steve and Tina got to go to B&Q and pick out colours to be painted in the house... so be excited cause soon the house will be ALIVE with colour.

Wednesday, May 01, 2013

May news

The prayer room is open today from 11am - 11pm.  8 hours of prayers are being carried together.
We were led to pray for Peru in the Prayer for the Nations group today.

There's Bible study and prayer groups meeting tomorrow and Friday.  In my group we're looking at Jesus calling the fishermen in Luke 5:1-11.

On Sunday we're gathering for Sunday lunch at 1pm.  There'll be a Bible story for children and families.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Easter and beyond with Colchester Boiler Room Community

The prayer room is open 12noon - 12midnight on Thursday.  Please contact to book a slot.

We're hosting Messy Church on Good Friday 2 - 3.30pm. Families are welcome to come along for an Easter egg hunt!

Then on Easter Sunday, all are welcome to join in with our Easter Story, worship and Sunday lunch from noon.

After Easter we're deciding on our Community rhythm of life for the coming year.  So watch this space to see our new prayer room, shared meal and Bible discussion times...

Monday, February 11, 2013

Prayer, learning and mission in 2013

We've just started a new season of Thursday prayer room and community meal.

We're also having an adult Bible discussion and prayer time on Saturdays at 3.30pm.  We're learning about the Jesus and the kingdom of God, and considering ways that we can go and share this with others.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Joining in with Colchester Boiler Room Community in December and January

Here are some of our activities together in December and January;

Carol Singing around the neighbourhood, with mince pies and Christmas stories afterwards.
Sunday 23 December 3pm at 170 Berechurch Road.

Carols and Christmas stories and prayer on Christmas Day 10.30 - 11.30 at 170 Berechurch Rd.
Children can bring your new toys to show us..
No prayer gathering after Christmas Day until Sunday 6 January.

Sunday 6 January - Prayer Pilgrimage to different homes.  Meet 12 noon at 170 Berechurch Road.

Saturdays 12, 19 and 26 January Prayer Room open 12noon - 12 midnight.  4pm gathered prayer. 5pm shared teatime.

Sunday 20 January 6pm for 6.30pm Abbeyfield Community Project Annual Service, St Stephens Church Centre, Canterbury Road.

Look out for an allotment session in January...!

Saturday, September 01, 2012

September with Colchester Boiler Room Community

Coming up in September, in addition to our regular weekday prayer times...

Messy Church in Circus Square Sunday 2 September 2 - 3.30pm

Boiler Room meal at 170 Berechurch Road 12 noon Sunday 9 September.  God Story for adults and kids, worship and prayer, and lunch together.

Prayer for our neighbourhoods Prayer Room, Friday 14 September 10pm - Sat 15 September midnight.  Prayer together at Fri 10pm and Sat 8pm.  Book a prayer slot by emailing

Boiler Room meal at 170 Berechurch Road 12 noon Sunday 23 September. God Story for adults and kids, worship and prayer, and lunch together.

Thursday, August 02, 2012

Latest news from Colchester Boiler Room Community

If you'd like to see hear some stories and thoughts from Colchester Boiler Room Community, here's film Steve and Tina made for our recent Annual Meeting;

August Activities

Coming up with Colchester Boiler Room Community....

Sunday 5 August Messy Church (for children and families), Circus Square  2pm - 3.30pm

Saturday 11 August Sports Day with Abbeyfield Community Project 2pm - 5pm Abbey Field

Friday 17 August 8pm - 12midnight  Prayer for Muslim People at 170 Berechurch Road

Wednesday 3pm allotment and prayer.  Otherwise, we're having break from scheduled prayer and activities during August

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Weekly meetings in April

This Saturday 14 April is our monthly prayer room night. Tea together from 5pm at 170 Berechurch Road. Then take a slot in the prayer room, open until midnight.
There's no Sunday meeting on Sunday 15 April.
God Story, prayer and worship, Kid's God Story and Sunday lunch together on Sunday 22 April from 12noon at 170 Berechurch Road.
No Sunday meeting on Sunday 29 April.
Monday noon prayer, Thursday 1pm prayer and Wednesday 6.30am prayer continue every week.

Wednesday, April 04, 2012

Easter update

Here's some times to connect with Colchester Boiler Room Community;
Messy Church Good Friday 2pm for children and families. Easter story, egg hunt, prayer and more! at 170 Berechurch Road.
Passover meal and Passion of the Christ film, Good Friday from 7pm at 170 Berechurch Road.
Easter Day beach trip and brunch. Meet 10am at Jim and Liz's house, West Mersea. Lifts from 170 Berechurch Road at 9.30am.
Next Prayer Room Saturday 14 April, with tea from 5pm.....

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

Changes to prayer and meeting rhythm over the next couple of weeks

Due to people being away;

There's no Monday prayer for the nations until Monday 26 March.

No Thursday prayer on 15 March. Thursday prayer is now at 1pm from 22 March onwards.

There is Boiler Room meal at 170 Berechurch Road at noon on Sunday 11 March.

On Sunday 18 March there is lunch together at Antoinette's.

The next Saturday prayer room is Sat 24 March.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Prayer Room on 3rd December, no noon prayer Thursday 24 November

There's no noon prayer this Thursday 24 November.

However, we are still opening the prayer room noon - midnight on Sat 3 December. So drop me a line to sign up for a slot

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

No midday prayer on Thurs 3 November

Our next time together is Messy Church on Sunday 6 November, 2pm - 3.30pm for children and families.

We're also planning a 12 hour prayer room on Saturday 3 December.

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Thanks for Messy Church, and no daily prayer on Thursday at 170 Berechurch Road

Thanks to everyone who helped and joined in with Messy Church on Sunday. It was great to a have large team of helpers, giving a warm welcome to the 17 neighbours who came. hurray!

There's no midday prayer at 170 Berechurch Road on Thursday. But there is God Story, prayer and Sunday lunch on Sunday.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Prayer for our Neighbours

Some of us are joining in with Prayer for our Neighbours.

You can too.

Find another person to pray with for your neighbourhood. Then download the prayer Resource from

And join in the prayer during October and November.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Daily Prayer at Quadriga Tuesday 20 September

Our noon prayer is prayer walking and delievering invitations on Quadriga tomorrow. We're meeting at 12.30pm at Salisbury Avenue.

So no noon prayer at 170 Berechurch Road tomorrow.

Tuesday, August 02, 2011

New times in the Colchester Boiler Room Community rhythm of prayer

We're excited to report two new prayer times as part of our rhythm of prayer;

One is prayer walking in the Abbey Field neighbourhoods at 12noon on Tuesdays. Contact Rich on for meeting places.

Another is the sex workers and human trafficking group praying regularly in neighbourhoods around Colchester. Contact Katy on for more info on this prayer time and action group.

In order to make time and energy for these new times, the noon prayer at 170 Berechurch Road is now stopped on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Upcoming prayer rooms

Monday 27 June 8pm - 11pm at 170 Berechurch Road, CO2 7QQ

Prayer gathering to pray for the nations. No need to book, just turn up.

Saturday 23 July 12noon - 12 midnight 170 Berechurch Road, CO2 7QQ

Prayer Room. Come and spend an hour with God! Call o1206 570361 or email to book a slot.

Thursday, May 05, 2011

Prayer Room for the needs of people on the margins 28 May

We're hosting a prayer room for the needs of people on the margins on Saturday 28 May 12noon - 12midnight.

There'll be inspiration to pray for the needs of homeless people and ex-prisoners, among others. There'll be individual prayer slots and some group prayer times.

Leave a comment to book a slot, or call 01206 570361.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

No daily prayer or Boiler Room meal until Easter Sunday

There's no daily prayer or Boiler Room Meal until Easter Sunday.

On Easter Sunday, we're meeting at 12noon for a celebration brunch.

And then there's an Easter Egg Trail from 2pm at 170 Berechurch Road.

Thursday, March 31, 2011

24-7 Prayer Lent Podcasts

Check the Lent podcasts on the 24-7 Prayer website for some inspiration in the run up to Easter.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Answered prayer and more to pray for

Thanks to those who have prayed with me for the new junior football activity.

This started well on Wednesday with 5 adult helpers. Thank you, Father God for providing.
Let's continue to pray for Libya, and God's mercy to avert bloodshed there. Also for good leaders for the future of that nation. People from Colchester Boiler Room Community meet every Monday at noon at 170 Berechurch Road to pray for the nations around the world.
Or you could book a personal prayer slot in the prayer room to pray for the nations...

Sunday, February 06, 2011

Good news, Bad news

The good news is that we had a great Messy Church activity today, with 17 friends from our neighbourhood coming along to join in. Big thanks to everyone in Colchester Boiler Room Community who joined in to help.

The bad news is that there's no noon prayer at 170 Berechurch Road on Monday - Wednesday 7 - 9 Feb. Noon starts again at 170 Berechurch Road from Thursday 10 February.

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Boiler Room activities this weekend

To start 2011, we're out about praying in each others homes. So there's no Boiler Room Meal at 170 Berechurch Road on Sunday 2 January.

Midday prayer starts again from Tuesday 4 January.