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Who to contact

Chelmsford Diocese


Tom Geldard, Director of Communications and Media, tel 01245 294424

Sarah Newman, Communications Executive, tel 01245 294443

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

Colchester Episcopal Area

Contact the Bishop of Colchester's Office tel 01206 576648

Communications Planning

A communications plan will help your church engage with its audiences in a clear, consistent, concise and credible way, and achieve your goals, while making efficient use of resources. For advice contact Sarah Newman, Communications Executive, tel 01245 294443


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 

Cycle of Prayer

Download our Cycle of Prayer

Contact the Editor of the Cycle of Prayer


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


Add or edit your record in our directory - contact the Directory team tel  01245 294437

Electronic bulletins

We email a monthly e-bulletin to everyone and e-bulletins on a variety of themes to everyone who signs up to them

Subscribe to our e-bulletins

Send information and feedback to the Communications team on 01245 294443


Advertise your event in our online calendar

Filming and photography

Diocesan consent form concerning the use of photographs and videos (see also the Social media guidance note below for Safeguarding advice)

A Beginner’s Guide to Making Video Clips

Commercial filming, photography and sound recording - please contact the Communications Team for advice on filming in churches. 

Taking church photos

Building your photography library

Using live video

Media relations

Advice on giving an interview to the media

How to write a media release

A template for a parish press release to announce your new vicar 

Get advice and assistance on handling the media in an emergency - call 24 hour mobile 07907910249 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


Download our weekly sermon podcast


Create posters to promote your events

Press releases

See Media relations above


Get advice on how to get your church noticed


Annual Briefing for Parishes

Cycle of Prayer

Social Media

Read our guidance on social media

Facebook: Pages vs Profiles vs Groups


Twitter - getting to grips with Twitter lists

Understanding your audiences on social media

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• 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 Communications or call 01245 294443 to discuss your communication training needs

Video Clip Production

A Beginner’s Guide to Making Video Clips


Get advice on parish websites from our web designer James Cottis

Guidance note on creating a church website  

Why your church should be using A Church Near You

Our websites -

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