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  • 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

  • Archdeacon of Harlow is retiring in March 2017

    The Venerable Martin Webster, Archdeacon of Harlow in the Diocese of Chelmsford, has announced he will be retiring at the end of March 2017.  Stephen Cottrell, the Bishop of

  • Archdeacon of Southend to retire at the end of 2016

    The Venerable Mina Smallman, Archdeacon of Southend in the Diocese of Chelmsford, has announced she will be retiring at the end of the year.  Rt Revd Stephen Cottrell, Bishop