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

All Saints with St James’ Church, Brightlingsea


‘But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for out of you will come a ruler who will shepherd my people Israel’ Matthew 2.

We hope you had a blessed Christmas and wish a Happy New Year to you all.

We are sad to say that Rev’d Caroline has contracted Covid19 and is now on sick leave until the end of January. Churchwarden Sheila, Licensed Lay Minister Catherine and Trainee Priest Judith are working with Area Dean Laurie and the PCC to manage parish matters in the interim. Services will continue with visiting priests wherever possible, and our thanks go to Ann Wiggins for helping to find cover. Please bear with us should there be occasions when a full Eucharist cannot be offered: services will continue but in a different form if necessary. The Vicar has sent a Pastoral letter:-

Pastoral Letter December end 21

For Funerals and churchyard matters: contact Churchwarden Sheila Crow (07944 108624)

For Churchyard records: Sally Goodenough (01206 303749)

For Pastoral care and/or prayer requests; notification of people who are sick or in hospital: Lyn Forster (07856 041179)

For Notices for the pew-sheet: Lyn Forster (07856 041179)

For Home communion requests: Catherine Graham (01206 303854)

For Baptism enquiries: Catherine Graham (01206 303854)

Fpr Church doctrine or pastoral concerns: Judith Gibbons (07889 995359)

For Diocesan events and speaker opportunities: Judith Gibbons (07889 995359)

For anything not on the above list, please contact Sheila, Catherine or me and we will direct your query to the most appropriate individual.

For the moment the pattern for in-person church services will be as it was before the pandemic so far as the absence of the Vicar will allow:-

Pattern of Services from July 2021 Onwards

Or you can go to the ‘Services’ page and scroll through

Three home groups for shared Bible study, conversation and mutual support are currently running. Please note the next Monday Group meeting will be on 24th January at 7.30 p.m. at 34 Hurst Green: and the next Tuesday Group will be on Tues 1st Feb at 9 Seaview Gardens . After that the meetings will revert to a choice of:
1st Monday 7.30pm – 9.00pm at 34 Hurst Green
1st Tuesday 10.30am – 12.00 at 9 Seaview Gardens
1st Wednesday 7.30pm – 9.00pm in St James’

Contact Judith Gibbons on 07889 99 53 59 or Chris Bloor on 01206 30 33 31 or 07958 41 77 23 to add your name,

Read the Vicar’s Pastoral Letter here:-

Pastoral Letter December 2021

All Saints Heritage Project receives a huge grant Read the press releases here. Congratulations to Elizabeth Foss-Smith and all the team for huge wards totalling over £500,000

Press Release Dec 2021

All Saint Angels Newsletter Jan 2022

Funerals  will all be at All Saints’. Numbers of attendees are no longer restricted

Weddings: Numbers of attendees are no longer restricted. Please contact Linda Salmon on 01206 30 63 65 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 and now with no restriction on numbers of attendees. Please be aware that we are now fully booked for baptisms at All Saints until the end of 2022. However we can accommodate baptisms at St James.

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

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

Donations: To make a donation for the church’s work by phone Text SPECIALGIFT followed by the amount you wish to give to 70490. Texts cost your gift plus one standard rate message.

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)