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


April 2021 News

Jesus is risen! He is risen indeed, Halleluiah! (from the Greek Orthodox tradition)

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

1st and 3rd Sundays of the month: 10.00a.m.

2nd and 4th Sundays 8.00 a.m.

5th Sundays (in a month when there is one): 6.00 p.m.

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

The usual Covid precautions (masks, distancing, sanitising, one-way system, no singing, OHP instead of books) will apply.

A Zoom worship service will be held at 11.15 every Sunday

A Zoom Lent Discussion Group will meet at 9.30 every Wednesday until 14th April. If you would like to join either 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

You can read Caroline’s brilliant sermon about how Jesus paid our part of the covenant bargain with God and so redeemed us here:-

Caroline’s sermon 21 3 21


Welcome to 2021, and I’m happy to report on continuing progress despite lockdown. Although we haven’t been able to meet in person or visit the church, there has been plenty to keep us busy.

First and foremost –  so far we have had five consultation sessions by zoom. We included representatives from all the many groups and organisations that have links with All Saints’. Our Project  Manager and Activity Designer have explained what is to happen to the building, repairing the Tower, building a small extension to include an equal-access WC and small kitchenette.  Then the most of the discussion time was spent on the kind of heritage-related activities that people think would be popular and appropriate.

Now we want to spread the discussion further, and are asking people to complete a very short survey.  We would really appreciate your input: please follow this link to find it

There will also be another chance to join a zoom session on the following dates:

  • Wednesday March 10th from 4pm-6pm
  • Wednesday March 17th from 4pm-6pm
  • Wednesday March 24th from 4pm-6pm

If you would like to join in, please phone me on 01206 305120 to let me know and I will send you the link for the day you require. We are anxious to hear from anyone who has links to All Saints’.

Ideas suggested so far feature local history, maritime traditions, art & craft activities to appeal to different age groups, environmental /wildlife opportunities and how to reach wider audiences who haven’t had much to do with either the church or the churchyard.  Of course, we are also trying to think of ways to overcome difficulties like covid-emergencies or social-distancing and other barriers.

Our timetable for 2021 is focussed on continued meetings with the professionals, the National Heritage Lottery Fund officers (a very important meeting is scheduled for May 21st) and submitting our Round 2 application in August. We also have to ensure that we seek more grants and financial help where possible.

New ideas for fund-raising have been proposed – sponsoring some parts of the new build extension or decoration, special events (once we allowed to meet again in public) and what could be offered in the future to sustain the heritage activities.  Alongside this, our updated Business Plan, although still a work in progress is reflecting the views and results of our research with you all. Making sure our communications and publicity channels work in our favour is another important concern – and we are always on the lookout for volunteers who can help in this way – so get in touch with me if you are able to offer assistance.

We are continuing to follow through on the planning and faculty processes, to ensure that what we build is future-proofed for generations to come. That means thinking about wheelchair sizes, baby-change facilities and how to give everyone a bird’s eye view from the Tower (answer: install a roof-top camera that can be watched on a screen below).

Again – on behalf of the All Saints’ Project Group, may I thank you for your continuing thoughts, prayers and support, it is all much needed and appreciated,

Elizabeth Foss-Smithh 07899 776 620 Chair of Re-development Committee

Recordings coming soon (all will be up on the Vicar’s YouTube channel)

News from the PCC. Our Vicar was on holiday after the New Year, so the first meeting of 2021 was skilfully chaired by the Churchwarden. Despite some chunky items on the agenda, we completed our work in just over an hour. We agreed to recommence the Phase 3 Redevelopment of St James’, an important project that was on pause throughout 2020 because of the pandemic and lockdown difficulties. Bob Goodenough and Sue Wills were co-opted onto the sub-committee to take this work forwards and Bob agreed to chair it. The PCC is grateful to have their experience and expertise to guide this work. We met again on Feb 9, when the largest item on the agenda was the approval of the draft accounts for 2020. Our Treasurer, David Wiggins, and the Finance Sub-committee have done sterling work and the PCC is grateful for their diligence and expertise. These are difficult times financially, but such is the vigilance of our finance team that there is a tiny surplus in the 2021 budget. The Treasurer noted again his gratitude for the generosity of those who give money for the work of the church. Readers of this magazine will know that our churchyard has a large number of war graves, marking the earthly remains of those who gave their lives for King and country in the First and Second World Wars. The PCC received an invitation from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission to display an official sign marking the All Saints’ churchyard as a CWGC graves site. This was agreed unanimously, and with pleasure (the only shadow being that the CWGC has underestimated just how many service-people’s lives are commemorated in Brightlingsea). We discussed and agreed outline plans for Easter services (no easy task when we are almost completely in the dark about what will be permitted!); plans for reopening St James’ for personal prayer; and how we can use the very walls of the building to offer hope and spiritual refreshment to people in the town. The traditional Blessing of the Waters was also on the agenda. It is a summer event, but we need to plan well ahead so that we are ready to offer whatever is permitted when the time comes. Our meetings are lively, wide-ranging and include much laughter. If you would like to join us, to add your experience and faith-led thoughts to our deliberations, please let me know. New members will be elected at the APCM, which is on Sunday 18th April 2021.
Judith PCC secretary.

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 by clicking here:

Native April 21

Native Mar 21

And you can read The Messenger published by the United Church here: APRIL ’21 Messenger

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

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