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  • Have we embraced the Windrush generation?

    Have we embraced the Windrush generation?

    In a video released on the eve of the 70th anniversary of the Windrush, Bishop Designate John Perumbalath questions if the Windrush Generation who were invited to come to the

  • Bishop: ‘Church is like a great orchestra’

    Bishop: ‘Church is like a great orchestra’

    The Bishop of Chelmsford, Stephen Cottrell, has likened the Church to a great orchestra playing the music of the Gospel. Each member of the Church offers a different gift

  • Local children to get taste of pilgrimage ahead of Bradwell gathering

    Local children to get taste of pilgrimage ahead of Bradwell gathering

    Historic St Peter’s Chapel at Bradwell-on-Sea in Essex plays host to a lively festival of pilgrimage, story telling, prayer and worship at the Bradwell Gathering in July. And

  • Churches should not miss the chance to be part of the local plan

    Churches should not miss the chance to be part of the local plan

    With 300,000 new homes estimated to be built in Essex and East London over the next 20 years a Church of England Regeneration Adviser is urging clergy and church-goers to get involved

  • Vanishing vicars are a good thing, says vicar Andy

    Vanishing vicars are a good thing, says vicar Andy

    A book by a training adviser with Chelmsford Diocese claims that churches where the minister is not at the centre of church life are more Christian and successful than those

  • Stapleford Abbotts churchyard is a haven for wildlife

    Stapleford Abbotts churchyard is a haven for wildlife

    The Church of St Mary the Virgin in Stapleford Abbotts, Essex, is welcoming many different kinds of visitors. The churchyard is teeming with birds, bats and bugs. It is

  • Archdeacon Annette Cooper will retire in November

    Archdeacon Annette Cooper will retire in November

    The Venerable Annette Cooper, Archdeacon of Colchester in the Diocese of Chelmsford, has announced that she will be retiring in November 2018.    Stephen Cottrell, the Bishop of Chelmsford,

  • Young Christian with autism explores vocation

    Young Christian with autism explores vocation

    Sebastian Sands (19), who lives with autism, is exploring a vocation in the Church of England. In August 2018 Sebastian (pictured) leaves St Michael’s Church in Thorpe-le-Soken, Essex to live