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! 

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

1st, 2nd, and 4th Sundays of the month: 8.00 and 10.00 communion at St James.

3rd Sunday of the month: 8.00 communion at St James, 10.00 communion at All Saints, and Sparklers 10.00 at St James

5th Sundays (in a month when there is one): 8.00 and 10.00 communion at St James. and 6.00 Worship at St James.

The usual Covid precautions (masks, distancing, sanitising, one-way system, no congregational singing) will apply.

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

A Zoom worship service will be held at 11.15 every Sunday. 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: Please contact Linda Salmon on 01206 30 6563 for information.

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

Monthly Pastoral Letter From the Vicar

June 2021 ON THE EDGES
We are standing on the edges of so much at the moment. As I write this, I am about to do the annual Blessing of the Waters, in a hybrid form this year – more about that in the next issue! We are about to have weddings in All Saints’ Church again. Summer is just around the corner. Restrictions are lifting. We are on the edge of  regaining things lost and of beginning new things. About to do and be and live and experience so much! It was wonderful to celebrate Pentecost in All Saints’ Churchyard and sing outdoors. Yes we were distanced and careful and it was a bit ragged and unpractised, but it was a fantastic feeling! Soon, we will be able to re-open St. James’ Saturday Coffee (we hope, in July, and much work is going into planning and checking the regulations carefully). We are standing, wobbling, on the edge of yet another new way of being: not quite post-pandemic (that’s a bit optimistic even for me) but it’s a little like walking into a harsh wind then turning around a sheltered corner and feeling the sun without the bite of the wind. A taste of what is possible, what will be possible. But standing on the edge can be anxiety inducing too: on the edges of emergence, still a little jumpy around people, just getting back to the idea of going out. Some of us are having attacks of panic in public places after so long in isolation: perfectly understandable. Masks and distancing are still needed, but visits and small gatherings are happening and the joy of seeing family or spending time with friends, resuming hobbies and clubs or sharing a meal, are all the clearer and richer because we have been denied them.
We have learned to be community in new ways in the pandemic, to talk more to our neighbours, to check on others’ wellbeing, to pick up the dropped threads of some of our relationships, to appreciate the simple things our life together offers us, to enjoy our own company sometimes, to sort through our plans and priorities, to dig deep and find surprising strength as well as wobbly moments.  Do we like who we are now? Can we carry the good forged from the darkness of these days with us into what we become? What else do we want to carry forward? What will we rejoice to abandon? What can we not wait to be free of? I long for biscuits crumbs not to taste of hand sanitiser when I lick them from my thumb, am tired of writing my address and phone number everywhere I go, feel sick of hazard tape and dodging away from people and dislike pre-booking everything, and I struggle with only seeing part of people’s faces (though there is a whole language of eyes and eyebrows and head tilts evolving). What do we long for? I long to belt out a tune with others, long for festivals and live music and lingering meals with friends and big group hugs. It is interesting that what I cared about most, missed most, longed for most were other people: annoying, intrusive, odd, awkward other people.
It has made me realise how important we all are to each other: even a casual encounter means so much. I do love to be beside the seaside and watching the waterfront return to life will be wonderful, as will being able to visit cinemas and pubs and take up hobbies and sports and song, but I am walking carefully, mindfully – not rushing in – having realised that people are valuable: that you, our community, are the very greatest of gifts. Your joys and sorrows make up the texture of our shared life. When I finally managed a few days away (my first since lockdown 1), I found myself in Lyme Regis on the seashore, alternately pounded by a storm then warmed and dried by the sun, and, looking up, bathed in the light of a rainbow. The photograph does not do the experience justice: for a moment I was held in a cathedral of light and wonder, too much enjoying it to wield a camera until it had almost faded, and the one thought in my head was I wish that (a long, long string of names) were here…. We are all connected to one another: our wellbeing, our flourishing, our struggles and our celebrations depend on each other. And that’s a good thing. Blessings to you all, Caroline

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

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)