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  • 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

  • Bishop Peter: ‘Support #LondonUnited and celebrate the welcome offered to strangers in our midst’

    Peter Hill, the Bishop of Barking, has joined a social media campaign to celebrate welcoming refugees, asylum seekers and destitute migrants to London. Churches are sharing stories of community cohesion

  • Vernon Ross is the next Archdeacon of Westmorland and Furness

    Vernon Ross is the next Archdeacon of Westmorland and Furness

    Revd Vernon Ross, our Barking Area Mission and Ministry Advisor, has been appointed as the next Archdeacon of Westmorland and Furness in south Cumbria. Vernon, who is also an associate

  • Meet our new Bishops Emily and Matt

    Meet our new Bishops Emily and Matt

    Two Chelmsford Sixth Formers will hold talks with the Children’s Commissioner of England on ‘Take Over Challenge’ day tomorrow, Friday 18 November when they will take over

  • Bishop’s Chaplain, Leslie Rogers, will be leaving in January

    Bishop’s Chaplain, Leslie Rogers, will be leaving in January

    Revd Leslie Rogers is moving to the Isle of Wight where his partner, John, has been offered a new job. Leslie will be leaving his posts as the Bishop of

  • Bishop Stephen: ‘All are pilgrims’

    Bishop Stephen: ‘All are pilgrims’

    Reflecting on his recent pilgrimage Stephen Cottrell, the Bishop of Chelmsford, has shared with Chelmsford Diocesan Synod his thoughts on thanksgiving, trust, joy and being pilgrims together. “I want

  • Follow Bishop Stephen’s pilgrimage!

    Follow Bishop Stephen’s pilgrimage!

    Stephen Cottrell, the Bishop of Chelmsford, is on pilgrimage across Northern Spain to Santiago de Compostella. As he follows the pilgrimage route, the Camino del Norte, you can track his

  • Bishop Stephen pays tribute to the late Bishop John Ball

    Bishop Stephen pays tribute to the late Bishop John Ball

    We are saddened to learn of the death of the Right Reverend John Ball, an Honorary Assistant Bishop in the Diocese of Chelmsford. Stephen Cottrell, the Bishop of Chelmsford, has

  • Black, Asian and Ethnic Minority Christians are asked: “Is God calling you to ordination?”

    Black, Asian and Ethnic Minority Christians are asked: “Is God calling you to ordination?”

    Revd Calvert Prentis, the Assistant Director of Ordinands for Chelmsford Diocese, has issued an invitation to Christians from a Black, Asian or Ethnic Minority background to learn more about a

  • Everyone invited to find a Common Voice at Chelmsford Cathedral on July 23

    Everyone invited to find a Common Voice at Chelmsford Cathedral on July 23

    In response to the instability and anxieties following the referendum vote and the publication of the report on the Iraq War, Chelmsford Cathedral has issued an open invitation to a

  • Bishop: Rebuilding trust in public institutions is a spiritual and moral issue

    Bishop: Rebuilding trust in public institutions is a spiritual and moral issue

    Stephen Cottrell, the Bishop of Chelmsford, has called for the value of seeking the common good, loving and valuing our neighbour as ourselves, to shape our national institutions. “Rebuilding

  • What sort of a nation shall we be? asks Bishop

    What sort of a nation shall we be? asks Bishop

    The Bishop of Chelmsford, Stephen Cottrell, has asked: “Whatever the outcome of Thursday’s referendum, what sort of a nation are we waking up to on Friday? And

  • “Madly generous” parishes thanked by Archdeacon

    “Madly generous” parishes thanked by Archdeacon

    Robin King, the Archdeacon of Stansted, has thanked the parishes of Chelmsford Diocese for their “madly generous” responses to God’s love. The Archdeacon was giving thanks

  • New Schools Adviser announced

    New Schools Adviser announced

    Heather Tetchner has been appointed as Schools Adviser for the Diocesan Board of Education from 1 Sept 2016. Heather joins the team with 27 years experience as a headteacher in Essex schools and

  • Bishop challenges new London Mayor to deliver on affordable housing promises

    Bishop challenges new London Mayor to deliver on affordable housing promises

    Peter Hill, the Bishop of Barking, has challenged Sadiq Khan, the new London Mayor, to keep his promise to build 1,000 'community land trust' homes by 2020 - affordable homes built

  • Rev Edd runs the London Marathon to love every neighbour with Christian Aid

    Rev Edd runs the London Marathon to love every neighbour with Christian Aid

    Edd Stock, a curate at St Lawrence and All Saints in Eastwood, completed the London Marathon on Sunday April 24, to raise over £3,300 for Christian Aid. "I wanted to

  • Bishop: Jesus came to raise the dead

    Bishop: Jesus came to raise the dead

    “God sends his Son not so much to save us from death,” preached Bishop Stephen Cottrell in his Easter Day sermon, “but to save us through death.

  • Bishop: The Church is not the Jesus Christ Appreciation Society

    Bishop: The Church is not the Jesus Christ Appreciation Society

    Stephen Cottrell, the Bishop of Chelmsford has said: “There are two things about Easter that I think are really important, and if we don't get them right

  • EU Referendum – Don’t forget the poor, says Bishop

    EU Referendum – Don’t forget the poor, says Bishop

    Don’t forget the poor at the EU Referendum ballot box, the Bishop of Chelmsford, Stephen Cottrell has said. “As a Christian you should vote not for what

  • Bishop: Church groups can help resettle vulnerable Syrian refugees

    Bishop: Church groups can help resettle vulnerable Syrian refugees

    Writing in a blog, Stephen Cottrell, the Bishop of Chelmsford, says church groups can provide the "welcoming flesh on the bones" to efforts by local authorities and other agencies

  • Bishop: ‘Raise the age of criminal responsibility’

    Bishop: ‘Raise the age of criminal responsibility’

    Stephen Cottrell, the Bishop of Chelmsford has told the House of Lords that he supports Lord Dholakia’s Bill to raise the age of criminal responsibility from 10 to 12 years.

  • No surprises in attendance figures as plans for discipleship are firmed up

    No surprises in attendance figures as plans for discipleship are firmed up

    Responding to the reported decline in weekly church attendance Stephen Cottrell, the Bishop of Chelmsford has commented: “We are still as resolute as ever in our commitment to live