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.

January 2021 Happy/Happier New Year!

Now we are in lockdown again the PCC and Vicar have decided to stop in-person church services and to close St James’ for personal prayer until further notice in order to prevent the spread of covid19, especially the newer and more infectious strain. All Saints’ will only be used for funerals. Otherwise all services will need to be via Zoom.

A worship service will be at 11.15 every Sunday and a prayer meeting at 10.00 every Wednesday both via Zoom. If you would like to join either Zoom service please give your email address to Judith Gibbons at or on 07889 995359 or the Vicar on

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.

Monthly Pastoral Letter From the Vicar

‘Hope springs eternal in the human breast.’ New Year gives us an excuse to push the boat out a bit, take a risk, try something new, or perhaps ditch an old habit or improve our willpower. While as a nation we might not have seen the New Year in with the usual celebrations, it is still reassuring that time is moving forward. One saying that always comforts me is that in life, difficulties come to pass. They do not come to stay, they come to pass. It may be that, before much longer, an effective vaccine will mean we can resume important and missed aspects of life. I hope and pray that is so. A woman on a very low income bought lottery tickets each week. She won occasionally, but never much, and when asked why she bought them, her answer was, ‘I’m not buying a ticket. I’m buying hope.’ When she bought that ticket she could hope for a few days that she might win big. It was unlikely, but it was possible. No ticket, no hope at all. Now, I’m not advocating lottery tickets particularly, but the idea of hope, the possibility of change and transformation, is vital to our wellbeing as people. The Bible has a lot to say about hope, so many songs have been written about hope, people buy novels and watch films with happy-ever-after and the-good-guy-wins endings because they help us believe that the bright and beautiful things we dream of for ourselves and others are possible, even if they do not always seem likely. Hope can keep us on our feet and moving forward. But while some forms of hope can be wishful thinking or escapism or daydreaming, the Christian hope is a bit more solid because it is hope in someone not something. It’s a hope that is grounded in a God who made us, loves us, is with us and wants good things for us. It’s not a guarantee that life will be rosy, but that we won’t walk through it alone. I can recall my first pregnancy: I was 26 and had chosen to try for a baby but that pink line hurled me into a world of emotion and terror. Having been treated to all the birth and labour horror stories by well-meaning friends and family, my late husband and I were understandably nervous at that first doctor’s appointment. Our doctor, a veteran with a taste for good whiskey and a no-nonsense approach, did not tell us not to worry. All he said, in answer to the fears we shared, was that he had done this lots of times with lots of couples and that he would be there with us every step. It was immediately reassuring. So, we can ground our hope in God, not because there will be nothing to fear in the coming year, but because God will be with us and whatever new things are being born in our lives and in the life of our communities and our nation in 2021, we have a God who has seen and guided more change than we can comprehend and who will walk with us always. 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:-

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

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.

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!

Alternatively please contact one of the churchwardens:-

Sheila Crow    01206 30 65 74                   

The other post of churchwarden is vacant. 

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

Other information

Parish website:

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:

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 Angela Herbert who may be contacted as follows:

Angela Herbert, tel 01206 30 42 11 email:

Or 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)