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  • New Archdeacon of Chelmsford appointed

    New Archdeacon of Chelmsford appointed

    Revd Elizabeth Snowden will bring grass roots experience and nurture church growth    The Revd Elizabeth Snowden, currently Vicar of Bestwood Emmanuel with St Mark and Area Dean of

  • Paris attacks - Bishop calls for common language of life and hope

    Paris attacks - Bishop calls for common language of life and hope

    Following the terrorist attacks in Paris, Stephen Cottrell, the Bishop of Chelmsford, is calling for a common language of life and hope, from which real and lasting peace can emerge.

  • Bishop: ‘Our agenda is to be transformed by God for the transformation of the world’

    Bishop: ‘Our agenda is to be transformed by God for the transformation of the world’

    Stephen Cottrell, the Bishop of Chelmsford has told the Chelmsford Diocesan Synod: “Our agenda is this – that we might be transformed for the transformation of the world.”

  • General Synod election results 2015

    General Synod election results 2015

    The following have been elected to represent Chelmsford Diocese on the next General Synod for 2015 -2020: Laity Mrs Isabel Adcock Mrs Elizabeth Colton Mrs Mary Durlacher Mr Robert Edwards Mr

  • Area Deans and Lay Chairs to be made Canons

    Area Deans and Lay Chairs to be made Canons

    The Area Deans and Lay Deanery Chairs of the Diocese of Chelmsford are to be appointed Non-Residentiary Canons of Chelmsford Cathedral. They will join the College of Canons, a

  • Bishop of Colchester preaches Harvest sermon

    Bishop of Colchester preaches Harvest sermon

    Preaching the sermon at the County Harvest Festival Service, the Bishop of Colchester, Roger Morris spoke of his family’s connections with agriculture and the need for people in

  • New lease of life for historic St Catherine’s

    New lease of life for historic St Catherine’s

    A major development and restoration project at St Catherine’s church in East Tilbury is nearing completion. The project will see this 12th century church transformed within seven

  • Bishop launches appeal as churches respond to Syria refugee crisis

    Bishop launches appeal as churches respond to Syria refugee crisis

    The Bishop of Chelmsford has launched a diocesan-wide appeal for a fund to help support Syrian refugee families. Stephen Cottrell, the Bishop of Chelmsford, has said: “We call upon

  • Churches pledge to welcome refugees in partnership with communities

    Churches pledge to welcome refugees in partnership with communities

    A message from the Bishops in the Diocese of Chelmsford The conflicts in Iraq and Syria have created an unprecedented refugee crisis in the Middle East. There are now more

  • Last chance to ask your question

    Last chance to ask your question

    For the 2015 elections to General Synod, the national church parliament, Chelmsford Diocese has introduced an easy way for the voters to engage with the candidates. Deanery Synod members, who

  • Helen is youngest ever to be elected

    Helen is youngest ever to be elected

    A 22 year old from Colchester, Helen Jones (pictured) has been elected to the Chelmsford Diocesan Synod.  The Pastoral Secretary to Chelmsford Diocese, Nathan Whitehead commented: "At the age

  • What is your ministry in the Church?

    What is your ministry in the Church?

    We are all leaders in one area or another of our Church life and the rest of our life, says Stephen Cottrell, the Bishop of Chelmsford. In his latest video

  • Excellence in design and craftsmanship recognised

    Excellence in design and craftsmanship recognised

    The Bishop of Chelmsford, Rt Revd Stephen Cottrell, presented nine Design Awards at a celebration luncheon at the Diocesan Office on 6 July 2015. These bi-annual awards recognise excellence in design and

  • Prayers for the victims of the Tunisia shootings

    Prayers for the victims of the Tunisia shootings

    Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone affected by the Tunisia shootings. The Church of England has released four prayers ahead of the time of remembrance tomorrow (Friday 3 July) at

  • New Deacons ordained

    New Deacons ordained

    Some 28 candidates have been ordained as Deacons by Stephen Cottrell, the Bishop of Chelmsford at three services on June 27 at Chelmsford Cathedral. Philip Need, the Diocesan Director of Ordinands, has

  • Church reform and renewal are needed but so is discipleship says Bishop

    Church reform and renewal are needed but so is discipleship says Bishop

    Don’t miss the point of the work going on to reform and renew the church, the Bishop of Chelmsford Stephen Cottrell has told Chelmsford Diocesan Synod: that the

  • Talk to Christians about life’s difficult questions at ‘Spirit of Life’

    Talk to Christians about life’s difficult questions at ‘Spirit of Life’

    Talk to Christians about life’s difficult questions at the Spirit of Life Festival at Chelmsford Cathedral. “If you would like to find out how Christians deal with

  • Website creators win Silver

    Website creators win Silver

    Chelmsford Diocese congratulates its website creators, Twist-id on winning a Silver Award at the Digital Essex Awards. Our new-look Transforming Presence website is one of their latest projects.

  • Join us for General Election prayers!

    Join us for General Election prayers!

    Church leaders in Essex and East London will be holding a public Prayer Vigil for the General Election at Chelmsford Cathedral this Thursday 30 April from 7.30 pm - 8.30 pm. Ahead of

  • Finance Director appointed

    Finance Director appointed

    Chelmsford Diocese is pleased to announce that Mark Spraggins will join as Director of Finance on July 3, 2015. Mr Spraggins, pictured, a chartered accountant with 35 years' experience is currently Director of

  • Bishop: ‘New world begins with bodily resurrection of Jesus’

    Bishop: ‘New world begins with bodily resurrection of Jesus’

    Stephen Cottrell, the Bishop of Chelmsford, has preached that, “Because the resurrection is physical, the power of Easter is about the power to transform the world.” “This

  • Cast your vote for the good of others says Bishop

    Cast your vote for the good of others says Bishop

    In the General Election next month Stephen Cottrell, the Bishop of Chelmsford, has urged Christians to vote for the good of the stranger and people living with poverty, hunger, conflict

  • In the New Testament all the really important things seem to happen in the dark.

    In the New Testament all the really important things seem to happen in the dark.

    Jesus is born in the night. When Judas betrays him and he is arrested, night has fallen. When he dies on the cross there is darkness over the land. And

  • General Election 2015 - “Think about the common good”

    General Election 2015 - “Think about the common good”

    The people and parishes of the Church of England have been urged in a Pastoral Letter from the House of Bishops to consider a vital question. This question is how

  • Be a FaN and love your neighbour says Bishop Roger

    Be a FaN and love your neighbour says Bishop Roger

    The people who live in care homes should remain our friends and neighbours, no less than when they were living in their own homes. This is the creed of a

  • Bishop Stephen pushes the boat out for #washday15

    Bishop Stephen pushes the boat out for #washday15

    A new Church of England campaign called #washday15 will encourage social action during Lent and Holy Week. The initiative is supported by the Bishop of Chelmsford, Stephen Cottrell, who said:

  • Save the date for The London ExCeL Wedding Show

    Save the date for The London ExCeL Wedding Show

    Brides-to-be, are you nervous of meeting your vicar? Well how about talking to a friendly bishop about all the things you always wanted to know about getting wed in church

  • Bishop Stephen’s New Year message

    Bishop Stephen’s New Year message

    Only the lonely How will the age we are living in be remembered? Many already refer to it as the digital age. But I read an article before Christmas which