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  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Bishop’s Christmas Day sermon: Are we listening to the angels?

    Bishop’s Christmas Day sermon: Are we listening to the angels?

    In his Christmas sermon for 2014 Stephen Cottrell, the Bishop of Chelmsford, reflects on the football match and truce at Christmas 1914, during the First World War, when British and German soldiers

  • Angels sang the first protest song, says Bishop

    Angels sang the first protest song, says Bishop

    The Bishop of Chelmsford, Stephen Cottrell (@CottrellStephen) has joined other church leaders in spreading the message about the real meaning of Christmas as part of a new Twitter campaign using

  • Don’t close churches or merge parishes says the Bishop

    Don’t close churches or merge parishes says the Bishop

    Stephen Cottrell, the Bishop of Chelmsford, says there will be no need to close churches or merge parishes if ministry is done differently. Declining clergy numbers is a continuing challenge.

  • Bishop of Chelmsford: “Help end men’s violence against women”

    Bishop of Chelmsford: “Help end men’s violence against women”

    Stephen Cottrell, the Bishop of Chelmsford, is urging men to support White Ribbon Day and help end violence against women. Anglican churches around the world are joining together in a

  • Roman Catholic Bishop presented with Anglican Order of St Cedd

    Roman Catholic Bishop presented with Anglican Order of St Cedd

    Bishop Thomas McMahon, until recently the Roman Catholic Bishop of Brentwood, has been awarded the Anglican Order of St Cedd by Stephen Cottrell, the Bishop of Chelmsford. The award honours

  • Evangelism is top priority says church

    Evangelism is top priority says church

    Sharing the life-giving good news of Christ has been affirmed as a top priority for the Church of England in east London and Essex. The Synod, or church regional assembly,

  • Fifteen youth ministers commissioned

    Fifteen youth ministers commissioned

    Fifteen youth ministers have been commissioned at a celebration attended by 400 people at Chelmsford Cathedral. 17 parish evangelists in Newham have also been commissioned, together with 11 pastoral assistants and four evangelism

  • Couple spring surprise wedding at christening

    Couple spring surprise wedding at christening

    The first baptism and the first wedding have been celebrated from the new London E20 postcode, the former Olympic athletes’ village, at St Paul’s Church in Stratford.

  • Leytonstone church is the first place Desmond Tutu images will be seen outside South Africa

    Leytonstone church is the first place Desmond Tutu images will be seen outside South Africa

    A photographic exhibition capturing moments from the life of Desmond Tutu will open at St Margaret's church in Leytonstone. Revd Neil-Allan Walsh, Priest-in-Charge of Leytonstone St Margaret with St

  • New Chair for Board of Education

    New Chair for Board of Education

    Elwin Cockett, the Archdeacon of West Ham, has been appointed as the new Chair of the Chelmsford Diocesan Board of Education (DBE). The Venerable Elwin Cockett, who has been Vice-Chair

  • Bishops of Barking and Stepney lead congregations to the Olympic Park

    Bishops of Barking and Stepney lead congregations to the Olympic Park

    The Bishop of Barking, Peter Hill, and the Bishop of Stepney, Adrian Newman, have brought their congregations onto the Olympic Park to pray for the work of the surrounding churches.

  • ‘Holding on’ course will help Christ’s people live distinctively

    ‘Holding on’ course will help Christ’s people live distinctively

    A new course in Christian discipleship will be launched at Chelmsford Cathedral on Sunday, September 14, which is Holy Cross Day in the Church’s calendar. The course is designed

  • Church lifts veil on church weddings

    Church lifts veil on church weddings

    Couples thinking of tying the knot will have a chance to discuss their wishes informally with a vicar at the Heart Essex Wedding Show on Saturday and Sunday, September 13-14, 2014.

  • Emergency prayers for Iraq

    Emergency prayers for Iraq

    Stephen Cottrell, the Bishop of Chelmsford, will lead prayers for the Iraq emergency at Chelmsford Cathedral on Wednesday, September 3. The prayers will focus on the need for peace and stability

  • Colchester choir will take part in Ride+Stride steeplechase on September 13

    Colchester choir will take part in Ride+Stride steeplechase on September 13

    Shoppers in Colchester town centre can look forward to a choral treat on Saturday September 13 when the Mayor and Mayoress of Colchester, Cllr John and Mrs Janet Elliott, launch the

  • Chelmsford Diocese awarded strategic development grant

    Percy Lomax, the Chairman of the Chelmsford Diocesan Board of Finance has commented: “I am delighted that the Diocese has been awarded this grant towards our strategic development. &ldquo

  • Bishop of Chelmsford leads WW1 Commemoration Service in Southend

    Bishop of Chelmsford leads WW1 Commemoration Service in Southend

    The Bishop of Chelmsford, Stephen Cottrell led a Commemoration Service at St John’s Church, Southend on Sunday 3 August to mark the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the

  • New Bishops of Barking and Colchester consecrated at St Paul’s

    New Bishops of Barking and Colchester consecrated at St Paul’s

    The new Bishops of Barking and Colchester have been consecrated by the Archbishop of Canterbury at St Paul's Cathedral. The Bishop of Barking Peter Hill and the Bishop of

  • Olympic Park gets pioneer minister

    Olympic Park gets pioneer minister

    The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park - site of London 2012 Olympic Stadium, Aquatics Centre and former Athletes' Village - has seen the appointment of its first Pioneer Minister. The new minister,

  • New Bishops will be consecrated next Friday

    New Bishops will be consecrated next Friday

    The new Bishop of Barking, Peter Hill, and the new Bishop of Colchester, Roger Morris, will be ordained and consecrated at St Paul’s Cathedral next Friday, 25 July by

  • Bishop Stephen welcomes women bishops approval

    Bishop Stephen welcomes women bishops approval

    Stephen Cottrell, the Bishop of Chelmsford, has warmly welcomed the final approval of the General Synod of the Church of England for women to become bishops in the Church. &ldquo

  • Five centenarians take tea with the Bishop

    Five centenarians take tea with the Bishop

    Five centenarians came to tea with Stephen Cottrell, the Bishop of Chelmsford. The tea party marked a double birthday celebration, because the Diocese of Chelmsford is also 100 years old this

  • Missing students - letter writing campaign under way

    Missing students - letter writing campaign under way

    A letter-writing campaign is under way after UK Visas and Immigration have refused to let five students from Kenya study with Chelmsford Diocese because they do not have money. The

  • Record numbers ordained at Chelmsford Cathedral

    Record numbers ordained at Chelmsford Cathedral

    A record number of men and women from across East London and Essex were ordained as Deacons by the Bishop of Chelmsford, Stephen Cottrell on June 28 at Chelmsford Cathedral. Some19

  • East London church welcomes Bulgarians to “foretaste of heaven”

    East London church welcomes Bulgarians to “foretaste of heaven”

    The Bulgarian language church at St Paul's in Stratford has been welcomed and received into the fellowship of the Church of England. Some 14 Bulgarians were baptised, 16 confirmed and 28 received