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810, 2021

Taketime in Prison

October 8th, 2021|

During a visit to a women’s prison with Clive, we met a woman who had been a heroin addict for many years. After she had shared something of her traumatic and painful past with us, Clive asked if he could pray with her, and with her consent, he did a short Taketime prayer. When asked about her experience afterwards, she said it was like “a drug that makes you feel good, but it’s free and doesn’t harm you” and she also felt that for the first time in her life she was in the right place. She said she was [...]

3007, 2021

Strange Encounters

July 30th, 2021|

For any of you that have attended a Taketime Together Group you're probably familiar with moving, heart-warming and Godly encounters. From time to time, you may have also witnessed creative or abstract encounters. As we say at our meetings: “whatever you experience is OK”. However, sometimes our Taketime Together Groups don’t always go to plan and our experiences are a little more out of the ordinary. I’m sure some of you may have had to ignore unexpected noises inside and outside your meeting rooms, clocks falling off walls or on one occasion at our own Group, a repair man walking [...]

3004, 2021

HMPPS Long Service award

April 30th, 2021|

This week, the Taketime founder, Clive McKie, was awarded a Long Service Award for 20 years of service as a Prison Chaplain at his current establishment. Clive served at HMP The Verne for six years before this as a sessional Prison Chaplain. His current role involves visiting the prison one day a week and one Sunday a month. He engages in pastoral work, leads worship and supports a number of Chaplaincy Courses such as Restorative Justice and Forgiveness as well as running a Taketime group for prisoners. Clive developed Taketime from his work as a Prison Chaplain and it all [...]

2302, 2021

Taketime has helped my preaching

February 23rd, 2021|

Using Taketime Meditations to help with my Local Preacher Training The past year has been challenging as we have all learned to navigate new ways of working, socialising, and learning. I have been stressed and anxious at times and at first I found it harder to follow my normal prayer habits. As much as I have longed to be back in church, I have to say I have loved discovering the amazing content and resources shared by different people online. I have attended trainings and learnt so many new skills, opening up my mind to new opportunities. Taking more time [...]

2901, 2021

Happy Birthday

January 29th, 2021|

In the beginning… Everything has a beginning and as we reach our fourth year we begin to look back at where we began, what we have achieved, and where we will be going next. It is now four years since Taketime began offering unique, accessible, online meditations. Whoever would have predicted what has happened over this last year. We could never have planned for it, and it has meant we have needed to adapt what we offer. Despite the challenges, we have continued to grow as more and more people discover the value of our meditations. Popular demand The number [...]

1412, 2020

Online Taketime

December 14th, 2020|

‘Online’ verses ‘In Real Life’ Presenting anything online is very different to presenting it in real life. Throughout the lockdowns, churches have learnt that whereas streaming what they normally do on a Sunday morning, maybe acceptable to their usual congregation, this format doesn’t usually attract those from a non-church background who are used to online content. Simply putting what you normally do online is known as Church Online. On the other hand, creating online content specifically for those used to spending time online who may not have a church background, is known as Online Church. A new Taketime venture At [...]

1412, 2020

Taketime Online Schools Training Course

December 14th, 2020|

At the beginning of 2020 we launched our Schools Training Course. Jane Bishop, who heads up our Schools Programme, visited a number of different schools and trained teachers how to use Taketime with primary aged children. The pace of the schools training rollout has been impacted not only by the lockdown, but by the time that is required to deliver the training. Teachers are always busy and squeezing time in to receive training has been difficult. With the development of the online schools training, teachers will be able to complete the course in their own time over a longer period [...]

1412, 2020

Taketime Practitioner Online Training Course

December 14th, 2020|

When the COVID-19 lockdown hit, Taketime, along with many other charities, had to look at new ways to conduct our business. In the past we had  promoted Taketime at events such as 3Generate and the Christian Resources Exhibition (CRE) and we spent a lot of time traveling around the country for our Taketime Training Days. This changed overnight; all face-to-face events for the remainder of 2020 were cancelled. A chance conversation with one of our Practitioners made us think about running our training online and just two months later we were able to pilot our new Taketime Practitioner Online Training [...]

1412, 2020

First Multilingual Partnership

December 14th, 2020|

Shantha and Paul live in a small town called Chittoor in the province of Andhra Predesh. The main spoken languages here are Telugu and Tamil. They run a registered charity known as Trinity Life Trust which has a two-fold ministry, Education and Evangelism. They run an English Medium school in Chittoor town, which has 150 students from the ages of 3 to 15. There are about 16 teachers are working in the school and 10 Rural Community Development Coordinators (RCDCs). The RCDCs work with local communities helping them in practical ways and and building relationships. They also run a gospel [...]

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