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.

September 2020

Next Sunday 27th Sept: the main service of Holy Communion will be at 8.00 in St James’.

From now on there will be an alternating pattern of Sunday communion, 10.00 one week and 8.00 the next, all in St James’ as follows:

Every 1st and 3rd Sunday: 10.00 Holy Communion

Every 2nd and 4th Sunday: 8.00 Holy Communion

5th Sunday (if there is one): 18.00 A Reflective  Service

The Wednesday Communion at 10.00 at St James’ will resume weekly.

Parish Prayers will resume weekly at 9.00 on Tuesdays (enter by the back door)

and a ‘Zoom’ Service every week at 11.15. If you would like to join in the Zoom service please give your email address to Judith Gibbons at or on 07889 995359.

Harvest Services – 4 of them to choose from!

On Sunday 27th Sept at 2.30 there will be a Harvest Thanksgiving ‘Forest Church style’ in the churchyard of  All Saints

On Wednesday 30th Sept at 10.00 communion we will celebrate Harvest

On  Sunday 4th Oct there will be a Harvest celebration at 10.00 a.m.

On  Sunday 11th Oct there will be a Harvest celebration at 8.00 a.m.

St James’ Church will be open on Wednesdays from 8.00 to 2.00 and Sundays from 12.00 to 4.00 for private prayer.

Funerals and Weddings will all be at All Saints’ with numbers restricted to 30.

Interment of Ashes: We will resume the interment of ashes in order to ‘catch up’ with requests and give families closure, while recognising that some families will wish to wait and have a fuller memorial service with ash interment once restrictions have eased because only a small funeral was permitted at the time.

Baptism families are being approached again to see whether they wish to have a baptism in a service with just parents, siblings and Godparents, a ‘private’ baptism with representatives of church present or to wait until they can be in church with a higher number of guests.

To observe Government and Church of England guidelines the following conditions will be applied:

  1. Contact details of participants given on entry (in case someone gets Covid19 so others in contact with them can be warned). If you can pre-write your name and number on a piece of paper to give in that will save time!
  2. Hands sanitised on entry and exit
  3. 2 metres’ social distancing observed between members of different households
  4. Number limitations kept (and additional individuals not allowed entry after the limit has been reached, should that ever happen).
  5. No singing or use of wind instruments, though other music may be played.
  6. No sharing of books or sheets or passing of objects between people
  7. Collection taken on exit not in the service

Monthly Pastoral Letter From the Vicar

The day was the kind of hot that boils your brain like an egg in a pan. The spiral stairs were steep and narrow and we lost count of them as we panted upward, stumbling over the remains of bat-nibbled butterflies and the twigs of abandoned birds’ nests. Five of us were daft enough to try the ascent: the intrepid Bob Goodenough, brandishing the gigantic key; two project Architects from Whitworths casting a knowing eye over angles, weathering, pointing and so forth; and our shiny new All Saints’ Project Manager James Mellish and I, our imaginations conjuring hosts of possibilities. “Let’s climb the tower,” I had enthused. “You’ll love the view. It’s incredible.” Four stop-offs on the way. The first, to walk out on the roof, its lead still looking good thanks to the eternal vigilance of our alarm responders who burn rubber up to All Saints’ even in the middle of the night when a slightly heavy bird trips the sensors. The second, the bell-ringing chamber with ropes to one large bell (currently un-ringable for structural reasons), one smaller bell (ringing not generally advised) and tubular bells in need of some restorative care. The third, the space that houses the bell frame: impressively ancient wood. The fourth, the tower-top, with its marvellous view (and scaffolding holding things together). Gasping, we inched out into the light and space and just stopped. You can see for miles. Also straight down, which made the stomach of this vicar with vertigo lurch unpleasantly as I inched back from the edge, the words, “Thou shalt not put the Lord the God to the test,” echoing in my ears slightly louder than my own heartbeat.
My selfie stick took the risk of peeking over for me: I do love technology! The last time I did this climb, I was a child or teen, with my dad, and we stood at the top searching out our boat in Alresford creek. I was barely out of breath, having bounced up there excitedly. I suspect that’s a memory I share with quite a few of you.
I have seen lots of photographs of this view, but there is nothing quite like experiencing it first-hand: being lifted up to the sky in the cupped palm of a building that has been here for centuries before me and will be here for centuries after I am gone. By the time we reached the ground, we were melting, only the cobwebs holding us together! But we were also more determined than ever to push on with a project whose purpose is the life of this building. It is not just about the repair of the tower in order to share that experience weI had just enjoyed with generations after us, but also the innovation of new facilities (accessible toilet, kitchenette and new resources) and a bespoke program of activities. This matters because All Saints’ exists for the people of Brightlingsea: it is an icon, a beacon, a sign of arriving home, a maritime landmark, a wood-and-stone book of history; and foremost, sacred space where generations have come to celebrate and mourn, comfort and be comforted, lift their eyes up to God and feel the brush of eternity. You’ll be hearing quite a bit about the All Saints’ Project as it unfolds and we are interested in your memories, photographs and thoughts about this loved and lovely building. Please send anything you think might be of interest to
While I might not be able to respond in detail or immediately, I will be collecting and passing on anything I am given to our Project Manager and our Activities Designer as we climb together toward the summit of this project’s completion. Blessings to you all, Caroline.

Services broadcast by the BBC

You may like to listen to or watch the broadcast services on Sunday mornings. There is one on Radio 4 at 08.10 and on BBC 1 at 11.00


During lockdown we do encourage you to keep up your giving. Folk have asked for a ‘non-contact’ way of giving so please use the crowdfunding link here:-

Our churches may be closed….but the church is alive!  Listen to The U K Blessing by clicking here:-

Liam William McGrath Dec’d An application has been received for a particular style of headstone. Please see the ‘News’ page for details. Comments  to the Parish Office please.

Postal Delivery of The Native

We are creating a new service so that people can arrange to have the magazine posted to them.  please click  on the link below to open a letter giving information about the new scheme.

How to get your copy of the Native

Resources will be posted on the Church Facebook page @cofebrightlingsea

Those of you who live alone, please consider downloading a Next Of Kin Form from Church, to be returned in a sealed envelope to the Vicar at The Vicarage, Richard Ave, Brightlingsea CO7 0LP. In the event you are taken into hospital, we can open it and contact people for you and care for any pets you have. You can download it here:-

Next of Kin and Information Form

If you would like someone to check on your welfare as the pandemic continues, please also download a Wellbeing Form to fill out and return to the Vicarage. If you know anyone else who might benefit from this please take one and drop it through their door. You can download one here:-

Wellbeing form

If you email Chris Bloor on  he will send you a selection of hymns,and music to listen to  with links to recordings of the hymns on the web.

If you email Colin Singleton on he will email you a copy of the prayers that we would normally use at 9.00 Prayers on a Tuesday

If you have questions, please contact the Vicar on 01206308726 or

Or you can contact the Parish Office either by sending a letter to St James’ church, Victoria Place, Brightlingsea CO7 0AB or leaving a voicemail message on 302378 or by sending an email to

Telephone and email messages are collected and answered regularly.

Every blessing, Caroline.

If she can, Revd Caroline will put sermons talks and videos online with links to some music and the live broadcasts of other services

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

Parish website:

Usual Services (All suspended until lockdown is ended) (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

For News and Information click here

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 Jane Girdlestone who may be contacted via the church email address:

Or at this address and telephone no:

Jane Girdlestone 85 Colne Road Brightlingsea Essex CO70DU

Tel: 07786987133

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)