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.

August 2020

Services in church buildings are now possible so the pattern for the next 2 months will be:-

2nd Aug weekly at 11.15 via Zoom. You may join the ‘room’ any time from 10.30 onwards. If you would like to join and are not already on the e-mailing list please send your email address to Judith Gibbons at

From 9th August fortnightly at St James’ at 10.00: Communion with the usual precautions against coronavirus. In accordance with H M Govt. and C of E guidelines there will be no singing, sadly.

16th August      11:00 Memorial online for VJ Day

11:15 Zoom

23rd August:   10:00 Communion at St James.

6th September  10:00 Communion – live at St James and broadcast, followed by the Annual Parish Church Meeting also broadcast from St James

13th September 11:15 Zoom

20th September  10:00 Communion at St James’.

27th September 11:30 Zoom

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, 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
If someone had told me a year ago that part of my ministry would involve clambering about with a tape measure, I
might have at least arched an eyebrow in surprise. If you had said my hands would experience more alcohol in 5
months than my mouth in a year, I might have laughed at the unlikelihood. And if I had been told that a Church
attendance of 35 would have been a big achievement and felt positively crowded, I would not have believed you.
We have a new vocabulary too. The R number, flattening the curve, furlough, the Shielding, social distance, lockdown. Here are a few of the more obscure…. Covidiot – someone behaving foolishly during a pandemic. Coronacoaster – the ups and downs of life in a pandemic. Antimaskers – like antivaxxers, people who resist taking precautions others deem essential. Doing a Cummings – taking a sneaky unauthorised trip, which seems to have replaced Ferris Bueller in the public image library for this topic. Zoomba – a particular form of hybrid, too-bright exercise program communicated over Zoom in which a participant nearly breaks every object in a metre radius including oneself… With this vocabulary comes a new range of arguments in which to use it. As a nation we have moved from arguing about Brexit to taking sides on face masks: there is always some excuse to speak badly of others. The trouble with viruses, like political arguments, is that they are invisible and everyone is an expert. It is difficult to speak with kindness and grace about things that evoke such strong feelings, and if there is one thing living in a pandemic and being helpless in its path does to us, it is give us strong feelings, whether we  acknowledge them or not. For some of us, nothing has changed. For others, the sun is shining, nobody we
know has died, we’ve dragged ourselves through months of misery and we just want it all to be a storm in a teacup. As the beach huts are restored one by one to the seafront and repainted and reoccupied, and we can wipe the storm images with its destruction of our happy seafront out of our minds and congratulate ourselves, so we’d like to do the same with Covid19 thank you very much. But something has changed. Some things were washed all the way out to sea that night and gone forever, including memories and objects with sentimental value. Some people’s little bits of holiday heaven were hit harder than others and sorting  things out or replacing them has been costly, or even not all been done at once, though the outsides are freshly painted. Some people still find their heart beating harder when the wind is up and tide high. There is a difference between knowing that something can go wrong in theory and watching it in practice, even if it didn’t go wrong for you directly: now the possibility occupies a corner of your brain. We need to take stock, as kindly as we can: to recognise that for some, during
lockdown, a lot has been washed out to sea forever, losses that cannot be replaced. For others, this time has been costly and dreams and security have been shattered and shaken. And for many or, dare I say, most of us, we are now all too easily able to imagine a future where those losses come to us. So we think about the sun and the escape we’ve had and the ways we’ve triumphed and we shut up the voices telling a different story to that one. Don’t have nightmares…. Somehow, the lament, loss, darkness and fear have to be given space alongside the fierceness, community spirit and hope and sunshine. What could equip us better for that than a British summer with its mix of storms and chills mixed with beach days and balmy sunsets? We are used to making the best of changeable weather, laughing in the teeth of gales, obstinately flipping burgers in a downpour. We can do both: hope and fear, laugh and weep, move forward and think of the past, care about the shielding and have fun, mourn and dance. The Bible has a lot to say about this, in Psalms threaded with hope and tears and in pithy Proverbs
and powerful prophecies and in the New Testament injunction to “rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep.” It is not an either/or and if we try to make it so, then we cheat ourselves of the full and complex marvel of our humanity. Suppressing one or the other can make us harsh, selfish, defensive and deluded, like someone in a downpour angrily insisting it’s merely drizzle. Instead, we have to learn how to acknowledge the rain as rain, then still dance in it. 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:-

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)