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.

July 2019

From the Vicar: Fun in the Sun
Summery weather beckons us out of doors and summery activities are taking place: Fetes, Carnival, Teddy Bears’ Picnic, Open Gardens, Sale Trail, the visit of the Mayor of Sandwich, open air concerts and so on. The Bloomers are working their horticultural magic and there is beauty everywhere.
We have mini markets, school fete, Regatta and music festival, sailing days from Sailing Club and Yacht Club, ferry outings and crabbing….how blessed we are to live here! The walls of the Lido ring with the sound of happy voices and splashing. And so far, our local events seem to have avoided that most dreadful fate – the ‘washout’. There is nothing like running a summer event to show just what ‘fair-weather punters’ we Brits really are, for all our bravado about being hardy.
In an edition of the magazine packed with sun and fun and the promise of more to come, it is easy to be upbeat. If I counted all my blessings, I would definitely run out of fingers and toes. It got me thinking, though, about friendships and relationships. The ‘fair weather’ ones we have that are great when things are easy, our emotional weather good and our activities fun, when we have things co-incidentally in common like having children the same age, or a shared hobby, club or competition.
Then there are the ‘all weather’ ones: the people we can really depend on to ‘turn up’ for us, even when we no longer have things in common, when we suffer loss, when for a time or forever we can’t do or offer the things that brought us together at first. Those friends who might not be the ‘life and soul of the party’ or even the best or the brightest, but who are just there beside us, whatever the weather, whenever we need them most. Take a moment to celebrate – and maybe even thank – those friends who you can (metaphorically and literally) share an umbrella with in the sheeting rain.
As a person of faith, a Christian, I believe God is just such a friend: who made me and knows me inside out and still wants to spend time with me; who has known a human life and even a human death and understands anything I go through; who is always with me and always listening, whether I am praising him in the sunshine for the beauty of creation or raving at him at 3 am in the aftermath of a tragedy. Because I need him when it pours, I remember to thank him when the sun shines.
Whoever our friends are, let’s be thankful for them – and for the good times. Let’s be in the moment and store up golden memories and hilarious stories. And let’s remember to BE good friends too, not only the fair-weather kind. The next time you are sheltering under an umbrella, think about who you’ll share it with.

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

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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)