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.

November 2019 From the Vicar:

This month gigantic spiders take up residence in the house (poor things, it’s wet and chilly out) and the thick jumpers come out of storage; the days darken and, as if in compensation, trees blaze gloriously.
People blaze gloriously too, helping others and the environment with passion and energy, imagination and creativity.
In London, Extinction Rebellion protests raise awareness of climate change as the crisis of this generation.
In Brightlingsea, I help Roger Tabor, members of our Council and other volunteers to plant trees at the Lozenge: lovely, healthy specimens I look forward to watching grow tall and strong.
At the Primary school, parents, children, Governors and other helpers are turning tangled wasteland into a garden to be enjoyed.
It is said that the best time to plant a tree is 30 years ago; the second-best time is now.
Yes, it would be good to have known sooner more about the state of our world, done more for longer, but now is all we have with any certainty: a gift God has given us.
We can dedicate it to destructiveness and selfishness and laziness or we can be part of a movement for change and
growing strong for the future transformation, caring for this planet that is our home.
Let’s make our now count, blazing as brilliantly as the Autumn leaves as we move into the dark of November.
After all, we have a future, as precarious as it sometimes seems. Each generation faces its crisis and as we move toward Remembrance we are reminded of how an earlier generation faced the crisis of wartime and prevailed, at great cost.
We do not know what the cost of changing the world to give our children and grandchildren a brighter future might be, and we may need all our discipline and courage to meet it, but we live in the second-best time to begin planting what we wish to see –

Every blessing, Caroline

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:

Services (For details click here)

1st, 2nd and 4th Sundays of each month: 8.00 communion and 10.00 Parish Eucharist at St James

3rd Sunday of each month: 8.00 communion and 10.00 Parish Eucharist at All Saints and 10.00 Sparklers at St James.

5th Sunday: 8.00 communion and 10.00 All-age worship 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 Catherine Graham who may be contacted 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)