Vicar: Rev’d Caroline Beckett - 01206 30 87 26 -

December 2020 News

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December 2020

We will resume services ‘in person’ from Sunday 6th December (which happens to be the Feast of St Nicholas as well as the 2nd Sunday in Advent!) at 10,00 on the first and third Sundays of each month, and at 8.00 on the second and fourth Sundays, all in St James’.

The Zoom service will continue to be held as usual at 11.15 every Sunday for those who are shielding or who want to stay safe until the ‘all clear’.

If you would like to join in the Zoom service please give your email address to Judith Gibbons at or on 07889 995359.

Prayer: St James’ church is open daily from to 2 p.m. for private prayer.

Alternatively you may like to listen to or watch the broadcast services on Sunday mornings. There is one on Radio 4 at 08.10 and on BBC 1 at 11.00

And here is a link to Rev’d Caroline’s YouTube channel so you can listen to other sermons of hers as we go along.

Books and literature are being placed on the table in St James without permission. We do not permit any literature to be put on the table during the pandemic in case it may have been placed there by someone who is carrying Covid19 but not showing symptoms. If you see books/literature/pamphlets/leaflets on the table. please do not touch them. We will dispose of anything found there.

Christians Against Poverty (CAP): vacancy for position of Debt Coach

The St Osyth Deanery was granted funding for three years so that a part time CAP Debt Coach could be appointed in the Deanery area.  Roni Dickeson, The present Debt Coach will be leaving in February and there will be enough funds to cover another year’s work so the Deanery is wondering if there was anyone who would be interested in taking on this role with no guarantee that it would be more than just a one year contract.

The role is to undertake a minimum of three visits with clients;  the first visit is an introduction to CAP;  second visit is the Fact Find to gather the paper evidence of income, expenditure and debts which are entered on an intranet system, copied and sent to head office;  third visit is the presentation of the budget prepared by Head Office. You would be expected to cover about 12-14 clients.

If interested, please call Janet on 01206 305552 so that she can pass on your name to the Deanery.

Postal Delivery of The Native

We are creating 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

Alternatively you can read The Native for December by clicking here:

Native Dec 2020 web

And here’s a link to The Messenger published by the United Church:-

November 2020 Messenger

The Chosen (The Life of Jesus) on YouTube:-

Do watch the first 8 episodes of this riveting film of the life of Jesus. As a taster you can click on this link for the first episode:

Message from the Vicar:

Resources will be posted on the Church Facebook page @cofebrightlingsea and on our Church website. If you would like a prayer booklet to help you pray at home you can download one here:-…/WorshipAtHome1.pdf

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:-–v4Hr6ZItCLPvJDdLo1Mse3NCg/edit?usp=drivesdk

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 ne hee:-

If you email Chris Bloor on

he will send you a selection of  hymns and music to listen to with links to recordings  on the web.

If you email Colin Singleton on

he will email you a copy of the prayers that we would normally use at 9.00 Prayers on a Tuesday

If you have questions, please contact the Vicar on 01206 30 87 26 or

If she can, Revd Caroline will put sermons talks and videos online with links to some music and the live broadcasts of other services

Warning! Revd Caroline has been alerted that someone is misusing her name to try to persuade people to take part in a gift card scam. This is nothing to do with her or our church and is entirely fake. If you get any emails asking you to do her a favour they will not be from her. Please report anything you receive to her at

Our Church’s Year You can read the Vicar’s report to the Annual Parish Church Meeting held on 6th Sept by clicking here:

6 9 20 Report about Annual Parish Church Meeting

Virtual Christmas Tree Festival & Competition
The Christmas Tree Festival may be cancelled – but you can still show off your decorated trees and enter the usual competitions in our Virtual Christmas Tree Festival. Just take some pictures and add them to our Festival pages at You’ll be able to donate to local charities online, too.

Brightlingsea Christmas Lights Trail Are you planning on putting a tree in your garden this year, or maybe decorating your house with lights? If so, you are invited to add your address to the online Town Trail Guide at The categories for both events are:
Favourite outdoor tree or house decoration
Favourite indoor tree submitted by a group
Favourite indoor tree submitted by an individual
Favourite indoor tree submitted by a young person’s group
Favourite indoor tree submitted by a young person
Best local Business lights
Best local Organisation lights
FIND OUT MORE Watch out for more details on , also local press and social media.. This is a very unusual year, so let’s try and make it one to remember in a positive way and give everyone in Brightlingsea a winter treat – while keeping them safe and socially distanced, of course!
Contact details: Elizabeth Foss-Smith (01206 305120) or Jackie Edmunds (01206 303009)

All Saints’ Angels: A grant of £9,000 from Allchurches Trust will enable the church to start on the new toilet and kitchenette. Read the Press Release here:

Feb 2020 Press Release re Allchurches Trust

£61,000 Lottery Win for All Saints’ Church. The National Lottery Heritage Fund has recognised the historic importance of Brightlingsea’s All Saints’ Church awarding it £61,000 for its ‘Tower of Strength’ project. This development funding will help the parish of Brightlingsea and the Friends of All Saints’ progress their  plans to apply for a full National Lottery grant at a later date. The project will see the Tower parapets, stone and leadwork made safe while providing a the new toilet & kitchen facility it will allow more cultural, educational and community events to take place. Making the most of the famous maritime links locally, sharing the heritage of the church interior as well as exploring the wild-life and nature of England’s second largest churchyard, will create a wealth of activities and resources for many to enjoy, as well as providing a bank of volunteers with skills to share. The Church first built 800 years ago, is Grade 1 Listed, with an iconic wall frieze of tiles as well as other significant features on the walls and as floor brasses. As a landmark building, which every visitor to the town passes, The Project group are delighted to received this support, thanks to The National Lottery players. It’s a real comfort to know that we are helping to preserve it for future generations and make it fit for today’s needs.” Elizabeth Foss-Smith  07899 776 620.

Latest Phase of Redevelopment at St James’ We have reported before about the plans for All Saints’ Church but we have still to finish the redevelopment of St James’ Church.
A group has been working on ideas for a little while and these first thoughts were outlined in a presentation to the congregation just before the recent annual meeting. It’s an opportunity for people to give their views.
The main purposes of this phase of redevelopment will be to:
• Provide storage facilities
• Make proper space for meetings, Sunday School and other youth groups
• Create a place for quiet reflection and prayer
• Provide an electronic organ
• Develop up-to-date audio visual/ facilities
• Make better, larger office facilities
• Sort out the heating system
More details will follow in the near future!

When lockdown has been lifted, if you wish to hire St James please contact the church Administrator at the Parish Office (in St James) on 01206 30 23 78 or email her at The rate of hire is £15.00 per hour. Please print and complete this form, and leave it at the church office. If you have Adobe Acrobat dc on your computer you can open this form, click on ‘download’, then from the menu on the right click on ‘fill and sign’, fill it in, save it and email it to St James’ office at

St James’ Church Hire form

News from the All Saints Holy Mowers. ‘Holy Mowing’ is still a permitted activity as it is outdoors during this second lockdown. If you would like to join the gang call Sheila Crowe 0794408624 or 01206 306574 or just turn up at All Saints at 10.00 on any Thursday. It’s very satisfying work, good company and a lot of fun. It’s every Thursday from 10.00 to 12.30 with coffee at 11.00

For church members: To request payment of church expenses please download and print one or other of these forms, fill it in and leave it at the office at St James’. If you have Adobe Acrobat dc on your computer you can open this form, click on ‘download’, then from the menu on the right click on ‘fill and sign’, fill it in, save it and email it to St James’ office at :-

Repayment request

Supplies purchase form

To request a cheque for payment to a charity of monies collected for that charity, please download and print this form, fill it in and leave it at the office at St James’:-

Charity cheque request