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

All Saints with St James’ Church, Brightlingsea

Jesus is risen! He is risen indeed, Halleluiah! (from the Greek Orthodox tradition)

May 2021 The PCC and Vicar have decided that the pattern for in-person church services from Easter Day will be:

1st and 3rd Sundays of the month: 10.00a.m.

2nd and 4th Sundays 8.00 a.m.

5th Sundays (in a month when there is one): 6.00 p.m.

St James will also open daily (except Saturdays for deep cleaning) for personal prayer from 8.00 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The usual Covid precautions (masks, distancing, sanitising, one-way system, no singing, OHP instead of books) will apply.

A Zoom worship service will be held at 11.15 every Sunday. Details of how to join online events will be published on the church website and Facebook page. If you are not currently receiving the Zoom links to our services and other weekly updates via email, please contact Revd. Caroline Beckett on to be added. If you do not have an email address and would like to receive monthly updates by post only, please request this by phoning 01206 825479 and leaving your details.

Funerals  will all be at All Saints’ with numbers restricted by H M Govt to 30 for funerals.  Weddings: Please contact Linda Salmon on 01206 30 6563 for information.

Interment of Ashes: We have resumed 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.

Baptisms are allowed with just parents, or you may want to wait until you can be in church with a higher number of guests.

Prayer Requests If there is anything or anyone for whom you would like us to pray you can leave your request by calling this number:

01206 825479 

This number is only for prayer requests. If you need to call us about anything else you can find a list of the contact details of the Vicar and officers of the church here:

Contact details for the Vicar and other church officers during the pandemic

Monthly Pastoral Letter From the Vicar

Now we are firmly in the year of emergence, with vaccinations rolled out and shops reopening and activities gradually resuming, giving us things to celebrate (carefully) and enjoy (responsibly). This year’s Blessing of the Waters does not fall quite soon enough for the full freedom of a procession of dignitaries through town to The Hard, for a mass gathering sprinkling water on the boats to bless them for the coming season and making a din to mark out Brightlingsea’s watery boundaries while a flotilla of decorated boats sails out and a woven cross is laid on the open water.
However, we can still mark and celebrate it in a variety of ways. Some of these we pioneered last year, when the idea for a virtual ‘Blessing of the Waters’ was born and I got out and about blessing boats on driveways, in boatyards and on the water at a safe social distance with my twin Supersoakers and trusty extra watery sidearm. You can expect more of the same this year, with the opportunity to participate in a range of ways.
If you are racing on the day with the Sailing Club at 2:00, you’ll be blessed on the starting line. If not, here are some other ways to get involved:
1. Give your house a ‘boat name’ just for the day. Put it up as a sign on your door or in your window. (see below for fun ways to come up with your boat name)
2. Hang out bunting / flags, to mimic boats ‘dressed’ for the blessing day
3. If you have children or are a child at heart, perhaps some dressing up… (we had wonderful pirates and sailors last year, as well as the genuine Mayors and the Deputy and others of the Liberty in their regalia)
4. Put model boats, pictures or boat paraphernalia in your windows on the day.
5. Houses wanting to take part, if you send your name and address to or 01206 308726 (answerphone) by 26th May, we could pop round and include you in a record of the day or even give you a drive-by blessing by water pistol!
6. At 14:30 on Sunday May 30, all stand at your highest window (or outside your beach hut, socially distanced, if you have one) and make the din (bang pots and pans, do some good yelling) so it will echo out over the water as I make my way to lay the willow cross at the boundary of our waters. Blessings will go on throughout the day.

Those with boats, or family history of boats, post photos of them online on the day to fill social media with Brightlingsea’s glorious sailing tradition!
Post pictures of your decorated houses! Listen to the fabulous Motley Crew who usually provide music for the day!
Silly How you feel+last thing you ate/drank (eg the Cheerful Sandwich, Hot Rum)
Compliment + Female family member’s first name, try both with the same letter (eg Lovely Lucy, Joyful Janice)
Fighting name The + admired quality (eg The Courageous, The Undaunted) Thing + Action (eg Wave Skimmer, Moon Dreamer)
Description + Creature (eg Drunk Octopus, Black Cat, Sunny Starfish)
Wishful name (eg Tranquillity, Sunny Days, Freedom, The Great Escape)
Puns (Seas The Day, All At Sea)
Most importantly, on the day, have fun and be thankful for this wonderful town we live in, so close to the sea!
Blessings to you all, Caroline

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 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 by sending an email to Please don’t leave messages on the church office voicemail as during the pandemic it is unmanned.

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

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 Angela Herbert who may be contacted as follows:

Angela Herbert, tel 01206 30 42 11 email:

Or 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)