Transforming the communities of Essex & East London through Christ’s presence

The Communications team covers all audiences including the media and individuals and groups, both inside and outside the Church. We offer advice and assistance in strategy and delivery over the full range of media relations, internal communications, public affairs and publications.

You are welcome to contact us at any time if we can help you in any way. Where to get help and who to contact are listed below.

Who to contact | Communications Planning | Communications Guidance Notes | Copyright Crest | Database | Directory | Electronic Bulletins | Events | Filming and Photography | Media Relations | Noticeboards | Parish Magazines | Parliamentary Relations | Press Releases | Promotions | Social Media | Training | Video Clip ProductionWebsites

If you cannot find what you are looking for here or would prefer to talk to someone, you are welcome to contact the Communications Director.

Ralph Meloy
Communications Director 

Email Ralph Meloy

Tel: 01245 294424

Pager: 07654 382674

Where to get help and who to contact

Barking Episcopal Area

Contact the Bishop of Barking's office tel  020 8509 7377.

Bradwell Episcopal Area

Contact the Bishop of Bradwell's office tel 01375 673806.

Chelmsford Diocese

Contact Sarah Newman tel 01245 294443.

Colchester Episcopal Area

Contact the Bishop of Colchester's Office tel 01206 576648. 

Communications Planning

Have you considered drafting a communications plan? 

A communications plan will help you to communicate with a purpose in a clear, consistent, concise and credible way while making efficient use of use of scarce resources.

For advice contact Ralph Meloy, Communications Director on 01245 294424.

Communications Guidance Notes for Parishes

Chelmsford Diocese has produced guidance notes for parishes to give an overview of the key skills and knowledge needed to start developing communications work in their churches.


For information and advice about complying with copyright requirements for playing and performing music, showing films, and publishing work online please refer to our briefing note and contact Christian Copyright Licensing International (CCLI). 


Download the Visual Identity document for design advice and download our logo in a selection of formats. 


Add or edit your record on the diocesan database - contact the Directory team tel 01245 294437.


Add or edit your record in our printed and online directories - contact the Directory team tel  01245 294437.

Electronic bulletins

We email a monthly e-bulletin to everyone on the diocesan database. We send a separate e-bulletin to parish magazine editors. Send information and feedback to the Communications team on 01245 294443.


Advertise your event in our printed and online calendars.

Share your event.

Filming and photography

A Beginner’s Guide to Making Video Clips

Get advice on applications for commercial filming, photography and sound recording

Media relations

Advice on giving an interview to the media.

How to write a media release.

Publicise events, comings and goings etc in your church by containing your local newspaper, radio or tv station. Find your local media at

Find out about a journalist who has contacted you

Get advice and assistance on handling the media in an emergency - call 24 hour pager 07654 382674 and leave your name, telephone number and a brief message. You will be called back.


How to revamp your church noticeboard.

DAC Guidelines.

Parish magazines

How to develop your parish publications.

Get external advice on editing a parish magazine:

Parliamentary relations

Monitor MPs and Peers. Sign up for free Alerts about Parliamentarians or topics you are interested in

Press releases

  • See Communications Guidance Notes for Parishes (above).
  • A template for a parish press release to announce your new vicar can be downloaded here.


Get advice on how to get your church noticed

Social Media

Read our advice on social media  - Find out about different social media platforms and how to get started.


Like us and Follow us:

• Facebook:

• Facebook:

• Twitter: @chelmsdio

• Twitter: @cottrellstephen

• Twitter: @peterhill92

• Twitter: @bishcolchester

• Twitter: @adstansted

• Twitter: @Annetteacooper

• Twitter: @ChelmsDiocEd

• Pinterest: @chelmsdio

• YouTube:

• Flickr:

• AudioBoom:

• SoundCloud:

• Periscope: get the free app from the App Store and follow us @chelmsdio


Find out about Church of England communications training course and book a course.

Recommended reading from our Bookshop tel 01245 294405:

  • "How to be Heard in a Noisy World - Church publicity made easy" by Phil Creighton published  by Authentic Media.
  • "100 Ways to Get Your Church Noticed" by Neil Pugmire published by Kingsway Publications.

Email Ralph Meloy, Communications Director or call 01245 294424 for specific requests.

Video Clip Production

A Beginner’s Guide to Making Video Clips


Get advice on parish websites from our web designer James Cottis.

A guidance note on creating a church website can be found here

Find suggestions on the National Church website:

How to use your church's free page on Church Near You and get support:

Make a suggestion about our website:  

If you cannot find what you are looking for here or would prefer to talk to someone, you are welcome to contact our Communications Director, Ralph Meloy.

For more information please contact Ralph Meloy
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