St. James’ Church, Brightlingsea

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We are the parish Church on the High Street, welcoming all, with a friendly congregation of all ages and stages and lots of opportunities to get involved. We believe God loves everyone and we try to live that out in as many ways as possible, from our welcome on a Sunday to our work for various charities and from hosting big town events to caring for individuals in times of celebration or crisis.


Q When is the Church open?

Service times are....

1st, 2nd, 4th (and 5th) Sunday of the month:
8:00 am Communion
10:00 am Communion

3rd Sunday of the month:
10:00 Sparklers Sunday School
(8:00 and 10:00 services are at All Saints' on the hill)

10:00 Communion every Wednesday

The Church is open daily for private prayer from 9:30 till around 5:00 in the summer. Many people just pop in to light a candle or have a few quiet moments.

We open as a community cafe on Saturday mornings from 9:00 till 12:30. Cards and books also sold then. Once a month, there is the option of cooked breakfast!

Many community groups use the Church as a venue!

Church Lads & Church Girls Brigade meet on Friday evenings, different times for different ages.

Q What kind of Church is this?

We are part of the Church Of England and are two Churches in one parish (St. James' and All Saints') and we welcome anyone who wants to come and join us!

There are other lovely churches in the town too, all equally welcoming:
Oasis Christian Fellowship
The United Church
St. Sabina's Catholic Church
We work together as 'Churches Together In Brightlingsea'

Q What is there for children?

The 1st Sunday of each month at 10:00 is an All-Age service. Every 5th Sunday at 10:00 is an All-Age service also.

On the 2nd and 4th Sundays at 10:00 the children do their own activities with your youth team during the middle part of the service.
There is a mat and toys at the back of Church also, plus a sensory blackout den, noise cancelling headphones and sensory toys for our children with additional sensory needs.
On the 3rd Sunday of each month at 10:00, Sparklers Sunday School use the whole church building for story, craft, games, songs and teaching.
We have a preschool gathering and mini service - 'Bears' - for our youngest children and their carers.
Church Lads and Church Girls Brigade meets on Friday evenings and caters for a wide range of ages.
There are many seasonal activities local children are involved in. This Church year, for example, the local primary school helped us create a giant cascade of poppies with every child making one to mark Remembrance; years 3, 4 and 5 visited an interactive Easter Prayerspace over 4 days; our Christmas Nativity performance was a big success too and our young people have been involved in short performances in other services too. We have welcomed the school choir at Christmas and our children and families have enjoyed special services for Christingle, Easter Saturday (with marshmallow toasting and lots of water sprinkling) and Mothering Sunday.

Q What do you do about safeguarding?

We are committed to safeguarding children, young people, victims/perpetrators of domestic abuse and vulnerable adults. The PCC has adopted ‘Promoting a Safer Church; safeguarding policy statement’ which can be seen if you click here:

This is issued by the Bishops of the Church of England which sets out policies and best practice on safeguarding, and which may be found on the Church of England website:-

Our Parish Safeguarding Officer is currently Rev. Caroline Beckett who may be contacted via the church email address:

[email protected]

Or you can contact the Chelmsford Diocese Safeguarding Team:Tel: 0345 603 7627 (Children & Families Hub)
Tel: 0345 606 1212 (Urgent and 24-hour contact)
Email: [email protected]
Email: [email protected]

Alternatively you may contact either of our churchwardens whose names and contact details are given above.

If you need to report abuse to someone in authority or to talk about an incident of abuse the following telephone numbers may be helpful:

Childline: 0800 1111

National Domestic Violence Freephone : For women: 0808 2000 247 For men: 0808 801 0327

Essex County Council Social Services: 0345 603 7630 (vulnerable adults) and 0345 693 7627 (children)

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