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

Groups and Mission

Please note the church is closed and all meetings whether in church or not are suspended during the Coronavirus outbreak. Messages left on the Church office voicemail and other mail and emails will still be dealt with as the administrator attends from time to time.

The churches in the town are places where people of Brightlingsea have met to be with each other and to meet with God for over a thousand years. They are places where we thank God for God’s love in creation, where we pray to God for help to live our lives well in good times and hard times. For these reasons the church is central to Brightlingsea; not just because of the location and historical importance of its buildings.

There are many opportunities for people to come together within the Church family. Please see the ‘Services’ and ‘Events’ pages on this website to find out times and places of worship and meetings.

Bible study group meets fortnightly on Monday afternoons  at Annette Whittle’s home at 1 Tudor Close. Please ring Annette on 01206 30 31 77 for the time and date of the next meeting.

Sea of Faith meets either at Caroline Spencer’s house at 63 Spring Road or at Colin and Margaret Singleton’s at 1, Marennes Cresc twice a month on Wednesday evenings at 7.30. Please contact Caroline on 01206 30 29 11 or Colin and Margaret on 01206 30 36 94 for details.

Prayer. St James’ Church is open for private prayer Monday to Friday from 8.30 am to 2.00 pm and on Saturdays from 8 am to 12 noon.

Each week in St James’ Church we hold Parish Prayer services on a Tuesday morning from 9 am to 9.30, and Thursday morning at 8.15 to 8.45 a.m. where there is opportunity to pray for Christians everywhere, for our world, our town and for specific needs. On Friday  mornings at 10.30 we meet to pray for those who are unwell. Everyone of any denomination or none is welcome.

The Church office is not regularly manned but you can leave a message on the voicemail or send an e-mail. Please either ring to leave a message on 01206 302378; or send an email to Messages will be collected three times a week.

 Coffee Time and breakfast! We have Saturday Morning Coffee from 9 am to 12 noon every week and on the third Saturday of the month you can buy a cooked breakfast up to 10.30 a.m.! There are also cakes and cards for sale. Everyone is welcome.

Following our regular Wednesday morning Eucharist at 10 am, (finishes around 10.45) you are welcome to enjoy a cup of coffee or tea and a biscuit, and chat with others for a while.

Mothers’ Union Offers Christian care for families worldwide and has a membership of 3.6 million in 77 countries. The Brightlingsea Branch meets on the first Wednesday of the month at 2pm at St James’ Church in Victoria Place. For more information contact Mrs Kathy Tidman on 01206 302428 or go to

Monthly simple lunches held from 12.30pm to 1.30pm in St James’ Church,  in aid of Christian Aid and CAFOD. Soup and a roll with butter and cheese followed by tea and coffee for £2.00. For more information telephone 01206 302170 or go to

Open House.  A monthly Open House is held at Janet Russell’s 38 High Street, Brightlingsea.  10.30 am to 12.00 noon.  All are welcome to share in a ‘cuppa’, a very good chat and a prayer.  Dates are published on our Events page. Contact: Janet Russell on 01206 30 55 52 or