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

All Saints with St James’ Church, Brightlingsea

Jesus is risen! He is risen indeed, Halleluiah! (from the Greek Orthodox tradition)

April 2021 The PCC and Vicar have decided that the pattern for in-person church services from Easter Day will be:

1st and 3rd Sundays of the month: 10.00a.m.

2nd and 4th Sundays 8.00 a.m.

5th Sundays (in a month when there is one): 6.00 p.m.

St James will also open daily (except Saturdays for deep cleaning) for personal prayer from 8.00 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The usual Covid precautions (masks, distancing, sanitising, one-way system, no singing, OHP instead of books) will apply.

A Zoom worship service will be held at 11.15 every Sunday

A Zoom Lent Discussion Group will meet at 9.30 every Wednesday until 14th April. If you would like to join either please give your email address to Judith Gibbons at nannaji@hotmail.co.uk or on 07889 995359 or the Vicar on revcarolinebeckett@gmail.com.
Details of how to join online events will be published on the church website and Facebook page. If you are not currently receiving the Zoom links to our services and other weekly updates via email, please contact Revd. Caroline Beckett on revcarolinebeckett@gmail.com to be added. If you do not have an email address and would like to receive monthly updates by post only, please request this by phoning 01206 825479 and leaving your details.

Funerals  will all be at All Saints’ with numbers restricted by H M Govt to 30 for funerals.  Weddings are not permitted unless there is a good reason (e.g. that one of the parties is in extremis) until we come out of lockdown

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 with just parents, or you may want to wait until you can be in church with a higher number of guests.

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

Prince Philip Duke of Edinburgh 10th June 1921 to 9th April 2021

May he rest in peace and rise in glory

Monthly Pastoral Letter From the Vicar

RESURRECTION
“Alleluia! Christ is risen! He is risen indeed! Alleluia!” This month we celebrate Easter: Jesus returning from the dead, the triumph of love, life and hope over hate, death and darkness. This year, the story of the resurrection strikes closer to home and feels more poignant than usual. The disciples travel to Easter Day through grief and pain and loss. They huddle in a locked room, mourning their friend. Even though he told them he’d return, they did not really believe it until it happens and even when it does, it dawns gradually. It can be hard for some of us to believe that restoration will happen: that one day soon we will be able to hold each other again, gather with loved ones, sing together, go out unmasked, go to parties, take part in festivals and concerts and sporting events, but we will. We are not just returning to ‘how things were’ though: we can’t do that because time never runs backwards. All the things that have happened stay real, the dead stay dead, the losses still ache, the scars of experience do not melt away and we know things about ourselves and others through this that we can’t un-know. We have learned we are capable collectively of some ugly behaviours, like hoarding, and attacking those we disagree with and putting greater value on some lives while viewing others as disposable. But we are capable of great kindness too: caring for our neighbours,  reflecting on the impact of our lives, letting our loved ones know what we miss and appreciate about them, enjoying nature more, really seeing those whose hard work underpins our lives and being thankful. We are scarred; we are not the same people we were, either separately or together; but we might be something better. Restoration, even when it is miraculous, does not all happen at once. Mary sees the risen Jesus but is not allowed to touch or hold onto him, just see him and talk at a distance. There is a one-to-one encounter between Jesus and Peter. There is the moment Jesus enters the locked room and they all see him up close. The first time they eat together again. The moment Thomas actually touches him. The return to the work of fishing and to shared breakfast on the beach. A crowded gathering of more than just close friends. Piece by piece, they regain what they lost, but it is not the same. The Jesus they receive back is risen and triumphant, but also scarred, and this is a good thing. His scars are how they recognise him: they map out the journey that binds them together and the shared story of their relationships. This is not the Jesus of before, but the Jesus of now: he is changed and so are they. This will be true of us, too, as we gradually emerge from lockdown. We may roll our eyes at phrases like ‘the new normal’ but that does not make them less true. We have been hurt and shaken by having to face our mortality, our limits, the fragility of our lives and the things we take for granted. We have  struggled and found strength and forged new connections. We have re-evaluated the things that connect us, the things that matter and what is really important in life. Whatever we build together now can’t be mindlessly, falsely bright. It has to be real and one step at a time and with space for losses and scars, triumphs and tragedies, celebration and sacrifice. I end with the one really important question Jesus asks, huddled around that fire on the beach sharing food. “Do you love me?” he asks Peter, who more than most had showed his ugliest face when the time of crisis came, betraying his principles and saying and doing things he was deeply ashamed of in the name of survival. Peter’s answer, that he does love his friend, closes the circle of forgiveness and their relationship is restored. Likewise, we will need to forgive, heal divisions, reconnect and go forward as one, and love is the most important thing. Alleluia! Christ is risen! He is risen indeed! Alleluia!

Blessings to you all, Caroline. 

Giving During lockdown we do encourage you to keep up your giving. Some have asked for a contactless way of giving so please use the crowdfunding link here:-

https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/at-the-heart-of-our-community

Postal Delivery of The Native We have created 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

You can also read the Native on the Information/News page of this website

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

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 brightlingseaparish@btconnect.com 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

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!

Alternatively please contact one of the churchwardens:-

Sheila Crow    01206 30 65 74                             sheilajcrow@hotmail.co.uk

The other post of churchwarden is vacant. 

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

Other information

Parish website: allsaintswithstjamesb-sea.co.uk

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. Normally, were it not for Covid19 the Sunday services (8.00 communion and 10.00 Parish Eucharist) would be held at All Saints every third Sunday in the month. At the same time there would be 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 Angela Herbert who may be contacted as follows:

Angela Herbert, tel 01206 30 42 11 email: amjherbert47@gmail.com

Or 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)