Vicar: Rev’d Caroline Beckett - 01206 30 87 26 - revcarolinebeckett@gmail.com

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.

March 2020

CHURCHES CLOSED AND SERVICES SUSPENDED DUE TO CORONAVIRUS

In accordance with guidance issued by the Church of England both churches, St James and All Saints) are now closed until further notice.

We suggest that we all listen to or watch the broadcast services on Sunday mornings. The BBC have apparently prepared one specially for the coronavirus outbreak for Sunday morning on television though the times of broadcast vary.

You can watch Revd Caroline’s sermon if you click on this link:-

And here is a link to Rev’d Caroline’s YouTube channel so you can listen to other sermons of hers as we go along.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCkaw4HBCJIWQfE5gHbLz5mQ

Where possible we will ring the bell for prayer 4 times a day at 09.00, 12.00, 15.00 and 18.00 as a call to prayer and to remind the community we are praying for them

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

Message from the Vicar:

Although we cannot meet in person as church at this time, we can meet in spirit, we can pray for each other and we can care for each other. I encourage you to pray at 9:00, 12:00, 15:00 and 18:00 whether you can hear the Church bell or not. We will try to ring the bell to let you know the Churches of Brightlingsea are praying for you.

Resources will be posted on the Church Facebook page @cofebrightlingsea and on our Church website. If you would like a prayer booklet to help you pray at home you can download one here:-

https://www.dropbox.com/s/wsx0y2p65176c…/WorshipAtHome1.pdf

If you email Chris Bloor on

chrisbloor18@gmail.com

he will send you next Sunday’s Liturgy, hymns, readings and prayers in PowerPoint for you to pray through with links to recordings of the hymns on the web.

If you email Colin Singleton on

csingleton837@btinternet.com

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

Those of you who live alone, please consider picking up a Next Of Kin Form from Church, to be returned in a sealed envelope. In the event you are taken into hospital, we can open it and contact people for you and care for any pets you have.

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

If you have questions, please contact the Vicar on 01206308726 or revcarolinebeckett@gmail.com.

Every blessing, Caroline.

Remember the words you use to speak to God are not so important as God the Holy Spirit hears our hearts: ‘We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans.’ Romans 8:26

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 : revcarolinebeckett@gmail.com

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 brightlingseaparish@btconnect.com 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                             sheilajcrow@hotmail.co.uk

Bob Goodenough      01206 30 37 49                 bob.m.goodenough@gmail.com

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

Other information

Parish website: allsaintswithstjamesb-sea.co.uk

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

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:

https://www.churchofengland.org/more/safeguarding/policy-practice-guidance

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:-

https://www.churchofengland.org/more/safeguarding

Our Parish Safeguarding Officer is Jane Girdlestone who may be contacted via the church email address:

brightlingseaparish@btconnect.com

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)
Email: escb@essex.gov.uk
Email: emergency.dutyteamoutofhours@essex.gov.uk

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)