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Transforming the communities of Essex & East London through Christ’s presence

  • Bishop: “Our country should take a lead in the greatest humanitarian crisis facing Europe”

    Stephen Cottrell, the Bishop of Chelmsford, has responded to the news that the government has decided to end the Dubs amendment scheme allowing vulnerable refugee children into the UK. "I

  • New Archdeacon of Southend Appointed

    New Archdeacon of Southend Appointed

    The Revd Canon Mike Lodge, currently Team Rector of Rayleigh, has been appointed as the next Archdeacon of Southend.  Mike has been the Acting Archdeacon of Southend

  • Chaplain will strengthen Pleshey as House of Prayer

    Chaplain will strengthen Pleshey as House of Prayer

    Revd Graham Dowling has been appointed as Chaplain of the Chelmsford Diocesan Retreat House at Pleshey in Essex. The Retreat House, popularly known as Pleshey, is a place at the

  • New housing areas will gain new churches

    New housing areas will gain new churches

    - Barking, Havering, Chelmsford and Colchester will benefit from church expansion plans  With the population of Essex and East London set to grow by more than 300,000 just counting new houses

  • Bishop: ‘Food is a spiritual issue’

    Bishop: ‘Food is a spiritual issue’

    Stephen Cottrell, the Bishop of Chelmsford, has said that if a child cannot recognise a carrot, it is a spiritual issue. Bishop Stephen has explained why: “It is a

  • Ring in the new! - Bishop Stephen’s New Year message 2017

    “Ring out the old, ring in the new!” goes the saying – as though the old year was something to be chucked into the nearest rubbish bin. Of

  • Bishop of Chelmsford: ‘Christ shows the love in us is of God’

    In his Christmas Sermon at Chelmsford Cathedral Stephen Cottrell, the Bishop of Chelmsford, has said that to know love is to know God. Christ shows that the love in us

  • Wish it could be Christmas every day? - Bishop Stephen’s Christmas message 2016

    "Oh I wish it could be Christmas every day” goes the song. To which many may respond: “Be careful what you wish for!”  But what might