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.

September 2019 From the Vicar:

One of my favourite summer beach activities is rock stacking. I love the skill involved: balancing different shapes, sizes and textures. A flat surface, a large and flattish rock to start, then others to follow: holding each and testing its weight and pitch and balance, nudging, moving, turning and placing it till it’s just right, then adding the next and readjusting. Sometimes the oddest shaped rocks balance together in improbable ways. I enjoy that! I often think, as I comb the beach for a rock to fit with this one or that one, of the way God made us. The Bible talks about the Church being like one body with many different parts all fitted together, or of people being built together like living stones into one building. Think about all those whose lives touch yours: those who support you and those you lean on for support. We are all different in shape, size, age, gender, race, opinions, abilities, history, belief, yet we are one community. We need each other. We are stronger together. There is another kind of rock stacking I do, when I go walking up mountains. When I see a cairn – a heap of stones – I add to it. Cairns mark the path and in poor weather they are often all that is visible to help walkers navigate. That pile of rocks means others have passed this way. I am on the right track. I am not alone. They help others find themselves and be found. They can also be a memorial or remembrance. Every cairn begins with a single rock and grows as others place theirs. The trail becomes marked: it becomes a little easier, a little safer, bit by bit. But only if we add our rocks to say we have been in this place, have walked this path. There are paths in our lives we are ashamed to walk. We keep silent, leave no outward sign, pretend we have not passed this way. Through depression, suicidal thoughts, anger, hate, doubt and grief; through gender, sexuality and body image issues, mental illness, parenting failures, abuse, domestic violence, bullying, imprisonment, addiction, despair, homelessness, poverty, fighting for justice, child loss, cancer… so many paths where a cairn would be a comfort, the evidence of the presence of others a support to those travelling behind. So let’s be brave. Let’s acknowledge the paths we have taken, and do our part in marking for others the way on, the way through, the way out. Let’s be cairn builders.

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)