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

  • Plough Sunday Celebrations bless the work of the farming community

    A vintage plough will be led into Thaxted Church as part of the celebrations for Plough Sunday. Plough Sunday Church Services traditionally mark the start of the agricultural year.

  • Step into 2019 with Jesus!

    Bishop Stephen's New Year message for 2019 One of the joys of 2018 was returning to Spain to walk part of the Camino de Santiago de Compostela. I first completed the

  • Bishop - ‘God will comfort us but also strengthen us’

    Preaching his Christmas 2018 sermon at Chelmsford Cathedral, Rt Revd Stephen Cottrell, Bishop of Chelmsford spoke about comfort in unsettling times.   Bishop Stephen said:   ""Comfort ye",

  • Bishop Stephen’s Christmas Message 2018

    Have a disruptive Christmas! During Advent, stress is etched onto our faces as we scurry around Lakeside, Westfield, Chelmsford or Colchester, queueing for cards and piling up presents, buying things

  • New Archdeacon of Barking appointed

    Reverend Canon Christopher Burke brings great missional and pastoral skills and experience of urban ministry. The Revd Canon Christopher Burke, currently Vice Dean and Canon Precentor of Sheffield Cathedral, has

  • Bishop: ‘we commit ourselves to two paradoxical truths – sticking at what we have already begun; asking God‘s spirit to make it in new! ’

    The Bishop of Chelmsford Stephen Cottrell has applauded the work of parishes in Essex and East London as he spoke about the progress the Diocese has made with Transforming Presence

  • Who is Jesus?

    Mini-cards about Jesus are prompting questions about who Jesus is among children and adults in Essex and East London schools and churches. The ‘Who is Jesus?’ cards, written

  • Real Living Wage offers a real life, says Bishop

    Bishop of Barking Peter Hill has welcomed the Real Living Wage rises announced today. Speaking at the launch of Living Wage Week in London, Bishop Peter said: I follow a