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  • Bishop Stephen: Let’s not be abashed to talk about the reality of sin

    In his Address to the November 2017 Chelmsford Diocesan Synod Stephen Cottrell, the Bishop of Chelmsford, reviewed the progress made during a year of discipleship in the diocese, noting more

  • Announcement concerning Revd Canon Simon Pothen

    The death of Revd Canon Simon Pothen, Canon Precentor of Chelmsford Cathedral, has been announced by Nicholas Henshall, the Dean of Chelmsford. Stephen Cottrell, the Bishop of Chelmsford, has said:

  • Self-regulation of the internet does not work, says Bishop

    Stephen Cottrell, the Bishop of Chelmsford, has called on the government to protect children growing up with the internet. Read the Bishop's speech to the House of Lords on 7

  • Bishop Stephen’s Ordination Charge to Deacons 2017

    Bishop Stephen’s Ordination Charge to Deacons 2017

    Stephen Cottrell, the Bishop of Chelmsford, has ordained 31 Deacons at Chelmsford Cathedral. Delivering his “Deacons’ Ordination Charge” Bishop Stephen discussed the five definitions of the word &ldquo

  • A Tribute to the Life of Bishop John Wraw

    A Tribute to the Life of Bishop John Wraw

    The Bishop of Bradwell, Right Reverend John Wraw, died peacefully in his sleep at home in the early hours of 25 July 2017. He was diagnosed with multiple myeloma in 2014. Bishop John

  • Bishop of Barking assures Muslim leaders of prayers and support  

    Bishop of Barking assures Muslim leaders of prayers and support  

    Peter Hill, the Bishop of Barking, has sent the following letter to all the Muslim leaders in his Episcopal Area: "An attack on any one faith is an

  • Bishop Stephen’s Latest Address to Synod

    Stephen Cottrell, the Bishop of Chelmsford, gave a Presidential Address to the Chelmsford Diocesan Synod on 17 June 2017. The Address can be downloaded here.

  • Bishop Stephen: Build a society on love not on the fear and threat of terror

    Bishop Stephen: Build a society on love not on the fear and threat of terror

    There is only one thing that you can't take away from a human being: that is our freedom to choose how we respond. You can beat someone, starve them,

  • Bishop of Chelmsford: Please vote in the General Election

    Don’t be cynical. Don’t be weary. Make your voice count.  When I say things people agree with, they tell me how good it is that

  • Manchester: Bishop Stephen’s response

    Manchester: Bishop Stephen’s response

    What can be done in the face of horrific terrorist violence?  How are we to respond to senseless brutality?  When defenceless children and young people who had gathered

  • New Bishop’s Chaplain Appointed

    Revd Matt Simpkins (pictured) has been appointed as Chaplain to the Bishop of Chelmsford from 1 September 2017.   Stephen Cottrell, the Bishop of Chelmsford, has said:   "I am delighted

  • New Archdeacon of Harlow appointed

    New Archdeacon of Harlow appointed

    Revd Canon Vanessa Herrick brings huge experience of mission and ministry The Revd Canon Vanessa Herrick, currently Rector of Wimborne Minster & the Northern Villages in the Diocese of Salisbury,

  • Read Bishop Stephen’s Good Friday Homily and Easter Morning Sermon

    Read Bishop Stephen’s Good Friday Homily and Easter Morning Sermon

    Stephen Cottrell, the Bishop of Chelmsford preached a Homily on Good Friday and a Sermon on Easter Morning. The Homily and Sermon can be read in full by clicking

  • Bishop unpacks Archbishops’ invitation

    The Archbishops’ invitation for a “radical new Christian inclusion in the Church… that is founded in scripture, in reason, in tradition, in theology and the Christian faith

  • Create chances for us to serve and get involved, say young people

    The voices of young people will be heard in Synod this month as members focus on a new strategy for youth. For Mark Tiddy it is a chance for everyone

  • Bishop John writes moving letter to clergy

    John Wraw took up his role as Bishop of Bradwell in the Diocese of Chelmsford five years ago. He was diagnosed with cancer two years later. The type of cancer

  • Bishop: Give your loved one a cup of tea on Valentine’s Day

    Writing for the Essex Chronicle, Stephen Cottrell, the Bishop of Chelmsford, has said that the reality of love is worked out in daily acts of loving kindness: "Valentine's Day

  • 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