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

Growing new Christian communities -  The story so far


£3.8 Million funding will help grow new Christian communities 

Picture: Southend Sea front. St John’s Church in the town centre of Southend-on-Sea will have a trained church-planting curate.

Church is committed to turning estates into communities and houses into homes>

Picture: Bishop of Chelmsford Stephen Cottrell speaking at the official opening of the Beaulieu Community Centre in Chelmsford.

Diocese is on a mission to plant 101 new Christian communities>

Picture by Mark Cleveland:Taking receipt of the keys on behalf of the Beaulieu Community Trust from developers of Beaulieu, Countryside and L&Q were Councillor Susan Sullivan, Chair of the Trust, and Revd Dan Pierce, Church of England Pioneer Minister. 

New church for Beaulieu and Channels>

Picture by Robin Stevens: Pioneer Minister Revd Dan Pierce with Bishop of Chelmsford Stephen Cottrell with the crowned stag sculpture by artist Matthew Lane Sanderson in the background

New housing areas will gain new churches

- Barking, Havering, Chelmsford and Colchester will benefit from church expansion plans> 

Picture courtesy of Barking Riverside Limited: Artist's impression of the new Barking Riverside development.