Vicar: Rev’d Caroline Beckett - 01206 30 87 26 -

All Saints with St James’ Church, Brightlingsea

‘God is love’: (1 John 4:8 and 1 John 4:16). God loves us not because of who we are but because of who God is.

February 2020

From The Vicar

I asked three people what they loved about Winter: here are some answers…Hot chocolate, having the fire on, giantfluffy socks, frost patterns, snow days, being able to see the structure of trees that is usually hidden by their leaves, the stars on a clear night, the crunch of frost, dramatic stormy days, being able to wrap up warm, cinnamon and spice, no mosquitoes, the weeds don’t grow, sledging, snowball
fights, being able to see your breath, roasted chestnuts, eating hot soup, seeing icicles….And Valentine’s Day. What would be on your list?
Not all of us like the same things, of course, but we often spend more time thinking and talking about the things we hate or dislike than the things we love. Each season has its gifts. One of the things I love about February is Winterfest: a chance to come together as  community and enjoy music and creativity during what is considered by many to be a dark time of the year. We can love our community and help to build it by taking part in local events, or even helping organise them. …and if I asked you to name all the things you love, how long would it take for you to name yourself? – Sana Dabbas  By now, many of us will have stumbled in our New Year’s Resolutions to be cleaner, leaner, greener, more arty, more sporty, better with money, kinder, more organised or whatever we hoped for. When we fail at what we hope to be, it’s hard to love ourselves. But the best time to start again is now. Literally, today. January has no more magic to it than February, or even March. One feature of February, loved and hated by many of us at different life stages, is Valentine’s Day. How it feels depends on the life stage we are in. In a number of countries, however, it is not only a day for lovers but for friends to tell each other how much their friendship means too. We can use this day as a wonderful opportunity to share with our nearest and dearest what we love about them – and which of us doesn’t need to hear that? This year, February is the month chosen to mark a change in the life of our
nation too, with our long exit from the EU beginning, a move some love and some hate. It is a move that has left many families, friendship groups and communities divided – so much so that we need to make an effort to remind ourselves of the things there are to love in those who hold opposing views. Loving and listening to someone on the other side of an argument to you does not mean saying they are right, or the argument is unimportant: it means that the relationship is more important. So this February, let’s talk about what we love more than what we hate, let’s show our appreciation of one another, and let’s love ourselves too. How cool is it that the same God that created mountains and oceans and galaxies looked at you and thought the world needed one of you too.
Every blessing, Caroline

Vicar: Rev’d Caroline Beckett B.A. (Hons), The Vicarage, Richard Avenue Brightlingsea CO7 0LP Tel 01206 30 87 26 :

Caroline’s day off: Friday. Please respect this: Caroline needs time to re-charge too!

Enquiries may be directed to the church office either on 01206 30 23 78 or There is an out-of-hours answering service: telephone and email messages are collected and answered regularly. The Church Office is open on Mondays 10-12pm. Letters can be posted through to the office when St James is open 8am-2pm each weekday.

Alternatively please contact one of the churchwardens:-

Sheila Crow    01206 30 65 74                   

Bob Goodenough      01206 30 37 49       

PCC Secretary/PCC Treasurer:  c/o Church Office, Victoria Place, Brightlingsea CO7 0AB

Other information

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Services (For details click here)

1st, Sunday of each month from Feb. 2nd 2020: 8.00 said communion; 10.00 All-age worship; and 6.00 p.m. evensong – all at St James

2nd, 4th Sundays of each month (and 5th if there is one):  8.00 communion and 10.00 Parish Eucharist at St James

3rd Sunday of each month: 8.00 communion and 10.00 Parish Eucharist both at All Saints and 10.00 Sparklers at St James.

Tuesday: 9.00 a.m. informal prayer at St James

Wednesday: 10.00 said communion at St James

Thursday: 8.15 informal prayer at St James

Friday: 10.30 Prayers for the sick at St James.

Events (For details click here) 

Baptisms Weddings and Funerals Click here

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For all contact details click here

Our Mother Church, All Saints’, although no longer the central place of worship, is an integral and essential part of our life together. We seek to enhance its role within the affections of the community and to worship there regularly. The Sunday services (8.00 communion and 10.00 Parish Eucharist) are held at All Saints every third Sunday in the month. At the same time there is a ‘Sparklers’ Sunday School for 4-12 year-olds on the 3rd Sunday of each month at St James at 10.00.

Safeguarding: We are committed to safeguarding children, young people, victims/perpetrators of domestic abuse and vulnerable adults. The PCC has adopted ‘Promoting a Safer Church; safeguarding policy statement’ which can be seen if you click here:

This is issued by the Bishops of the Church of England which sets out policies and best practice on safeguarding, and which may be found on the Church of England website:-

Our Parish Safeguarding Officer is Catherine Graham who may be contacted via the church email address:

Or you can contact the Chelmsford Diocese Safeguarding Team:Tel: 0345 603 7627 (Children & Families Hub)
Tel: 0345 606 1212 (Urgent and 24-hour contact)

Alternatively you may contact either of our churchwardens whose names and contact details are given above.

If you need to report abuse to someone in authority or to talk about an incident of abuse the following telephone numbers may be helpful:

Childline: 0800 1111

National Domestic Violence Freephone : For women: 0808 2000 247 For men: 0808 801 0327

Essex County Council Social Services: 0345 603 7630 (vulnerable adults) and 0345 693 7627 (children)