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.

January 2020

Happy New Year!

From The Vicar
New Year. New start…………same weather, however. Isn’t that the way it goes, though? There’s a lot we can’t change. But there is also a lot we CAN. Someone once said that the choices we get aren’t always the choices we want, but we make them anyway. There are plenty of choices I don’t have. can’t be anything I want to be or do anything I want to do. I can’t be a prima ballerina this year (too old, never danced), or a mountaineer (scared of heights) or a millionaire (sadly) but I can be a good friend, better at some things if I try hard and I can be different, if I want to be. I can change things in my life: not everything, but enough. We all have that ability. Now, I don’t run. Not my thing – unless late for a bus. But I have friends who love it and they say almost anyone can be a runner. It’s not about the kit or the expertise: if you run, you’re a runner. Sometimes it really can be that simple (note, simple – not necessarily easy). Sometimes the best way to make a change is to begin and keep going for as long as we can, picking ourselves up if we stumble and starting again.
The Bible tells us that each person is “fearfully and wonderfully made” and no two of us are alike, so your path through life will probably not be the same as anyone else’s, but similarities can bring us joy, and company on the way can help keep us motivated and on track for where we want to be. We have a new year stretching ahead of us. A good time to start something, stop something, change something, improve something or explore something. But really, any day can be that.
Let’s celebrate the choices and chances we have, however large or small they may be.
Every blessing, Caroline

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 Catherine Graham who may be contacted via the church email address:

brightlingseaparish@btconnect.com

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)