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


January 2021 News

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January 2021

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. 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 until we come out of lockdown unless there is a very good reason e.g. one of the parties is in extremis.

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

Pastor Mick of Burnley How about this for a ‘Damascus Road’ conversion:

Online Viewing

Nativity -available to view now

Drive-in Carol service – available to view now

Advent Reflection: Advent services – recordings coming soon (all will be up on the Vicar’s YouTube channel)

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 January 2021

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

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

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