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

Children and Young People

Sparklers and All-age worship.

We now have a Sparklers meeting at 10.00 in St James on the 3rd Sunday of each month for children from three to twelve. With activities, songs, stories and prayers, it is an informal way to learn about and meet with God in St James on the 3rd Sunday of each month. Children under 4 must be accompanied by an adult. Parents or carers of children of 4 or over are encouraged to stay. Admission is free. The aim is to encourage children into faith and help them to grow into a relationship with God in a fun and engaging way and to provide an alternative experience to the adult style of worship and learning .

We also have All-age worship for children of any age (and their parents and families) in St James at 10.00 every time there is a fifth Sunday in the month.

Church Lads and Church Girls Brigade

This year, we have had quite a few new younger children but our older members have got less. We have spaces for all groups but especially in the older sections.

We have done various activities during the year and we all enjoyed a good night out at Clacton Pier Bowling. We took our members to camp in the Lake District in August and everyone had a great time. During the year we do a lot of craft items and the children make items for Mothering Sunday, Easter, Christmas. This year the children made a Snowman out of plastic cups for the Christmas Tree Festival, they also did bits for our tree entry.

At the moment, we are in the process of making up little baskets to take round to the homes in Brightlingsea for Easter. This is all part of their helping others badge. They help in Church and this goes towards ‘Me and God’ badge, it gives them all something to work towards and learn about God’s work and being there for us.

Hazel Dines

[Hazel retired from leading the CLGB last month after many years of service. She took over at a critical time when the corps needed a leader and has led by her hard work, strong faith, long hours and example. We are grateful to her for years of unstinting devotion.] 

Parade Service is on the first Sunday of each month (but not if that falls during school holidays). Those who can play an instrument are encouraged to join the group accompanying the hymns

The Brigade meets weekly on a Friday at St James’ Church (unless otherwise advertised) as follows:

Martins and Y Team: 5.30 – 7.30 pm (5 – 7 years). 6.30 (8-10 years)
Band: 7.30 – 8.30 pm
Juniors and Seniors: 8.30 – 9.30 pm (10 – 21 years)

We are always happy to see new members on Friday nights, so, if anyone wants to come and see what we do and joins they will always be welcome.

Our Company first started in Brightlingsea in 1904 and closed in 1921 due to the First World War.  The present Company was started in 1959 and has continued to the present day. The ages that we work with are 5 years old to 21 years old.  The aim of the Brigade is to Extend the Kingdom of Christ among Lads and Girls and our motto is “Fight the Good Fight”.  We do badge work, drill and enjoy Fellowship, Faith and Fun.  Our officers are all CRB checked and have the members’ interests at heart.

For more information pick up a leaflet from inside the Church and see who we are and what we do. 

Brightlingsea Bears

“Time with God” from 2.15 pm on the third Wednesday of each month (but not in August) at St James’ Church for Pre-School children (including babies) and their carers.  Refreshments are provided. Contact Ruby Summers on 01206 30 44 81 or

No Bears on Wed 17th October

Toy Library

For children up to the age of 5. Open on Mondays from 9 am to 10.45 am at 4-Youth, 160 Tower Street each week during term time. Closed during school holidays. Next meeting Monday 8th Jan 2018

Contact Shirley Raynes 01206 305190