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

In April 2022, The Revd John Saxon was appointed Disabilities’ Adviser for Chelmsford Diocese.

John is a Team Vicar in Saffron Walden where he has served since 2020.

As Bishop’s Adviser, John provides advice, guidance and support to parishes and to Bishop Guli and the Bishop's Leadership Team.

The Revd John Saxon said:

I am pleased to take up the challenge of this new role.  Having previously worked in a school for children with special educational needs and disabilities, I know the importance of giving all people the best opportunities possible.  I hope to support all in ensuring the knowledge, resources and understanding is in place for clergy, licensed ministers and congregations in the Chelmsford Diocese.  I would love to hear from anyone who would wish to help with this task.”


Click here to email John


Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

The documents below have been put together to help churches welcome people on the Autism Spectrum. 

Welcoming those with autism

What happens in a church service

Deaf Church

The Chelmsford Diocese Deaf Church provides ministry to deaf and deafblind people in our diocese. Our Deaf Church Team provides regular services in sign language at churches across East London and Essex, including Chelmsford Cathedral and encourages and enables deaf and deafblind people to be fully involved in church life. 

Chelmsford Diocese Deaf Church

Dementia-friendly Churches

In March 2021, the Barking Area hosted a hosted a webinar on dementia. Resources from the event to help churches become dementia-friendly can be found on the link below. 

Barking Area Dementia Webinar Resources

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