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Congratulations to our CCS graduates

9th Jul 2021

On Wednesday evening, 7 July, we celebrated our Course in Christian Studies (CCS) students who had completed the course at a special graduation evening at Chelmsford Cathedral.

The celebration service was led by the Right Reverend Roger Morris, the Bishop of Colchester. The service was also live streamed so that friends and family of the CCS students could join in the celebrations online.

During the service, local course leaders presented their students with certificates.

Michelle Cottis, a member of Church of Our Saviour, East Springfield, enrolled in the CCS course in 2019 and attended sessions at the diocesan office in Chelmsford.

Speaking about her experience on the CCS course Michelle said: “I joined the course in September 2019, little did I know the challenges that were around the corner as we entered lockdown in 2020. But with the help of Zoom, we did not let the pandemic deter us!

“We met each week for two hours during term-time with our course tutors who led us supportively through the course content and assignments. Each week provided a great mix of worship, bible study, discussion and prayer to challenge us and expand our knowledge and understanding, discipleship and vocation.

I have been enriched by the diversity of my fellow CCS students, who came from different walks of life with varied church traditions and experiences. This created lively and thought-provoking discussions each week. I’m now blessed with a wonderful circle of friends, who have travelled on the CCS journey with me.

“The course has enabled me to explore the gifts that God has given me, and as a result, I am now approved as an Authorised Lay Preacher at Church of Our Saviour, East Springfield. I’m excited explore where God will lead me next!”


Watch the service

The celebration service is available to watch on the Chelmsford Cathedral YouTube channel

Watch the service here



Photos from the Celebration Service can be viewed here.


Join CCS

CCS is a two-year foundation course exploring the Christian faith with other learners, delivered weekly in local centres around the diocese or the course can be accessed online. Graduates from the course are presented with a Bishop’s Certificate.

The course starts each September. If you are interested in joining the 2021 intake please email Diane Hardy –

Find out more about CCS at


Pictured above: The Chelmsford CCS groups with Bishop Roger Morris, the Bishop of Colchester