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Christmas 2013 Candlelit Service
Monthly Holy Communion Service
Annual Pilgrimage 2014
To Arrange a Group visit to the Chapel
Summer Sunday Evening Services
Come at any time and enjoy the deep peace of the running wave, the flowing air and the gentle earth. Come and worship at the oldest church in England, founded by St Cedd in 654. Why not bring a picnic and enjoy the peace and beauty of this ancient holy place? Toilets, meeting and refreshment facilities are available at the Othona Community by prior arrangement, Tel 01621 776564.
Candlelit Service 2013This year's service of Nine Lessons and Carols will be at 4.30pm on Sunday December 22nd. All are welcome. Dress warmly!
Holy CommunionHoly Communion is held on the first Thursday of every month at 9.00am.
The 2014 pilgrimage is on Saturday 14th July and celebrates the centenary of the formation of the Diocese of Chelmsford. Please note the change to the second Saturday in July for this year only!
If you would like to arrange a group visit to the Chapel please telephone 01621 776438 or send an email request by clicking here.
Summer Sunday Evening ServicesSummer Sunday evening services at the oldest church in England are held every year during the months of July and August. Details of the 2014 services will be posted when they are available but in the meanwhile you can get a flavour of the services by reading the following report from the Chaplain about the 2013 season of Summer Services.
During July and August, the evening services at Bradwell-on-Sea are held in St Peter's Chapel, at the place where the land meets the sea and the sky comes close. A place where the distance between heaven and earth is tissue thin.
The theme this year was The Rhythm of Life - Seeking God, a series of reflections on the different rhythms of our lives and where we find God in his rhythm.
Our services started with the Canonesses of the Holy Sepulchre celebrating 370 of the founding of their order and we were given an insight into the rhythm of their way of living and praying. A rhythm of work and prayer that brings God into all aspects of their daily lives. This was followed with another rhythm, the rhythm of liturgy as we shared in Choral Evensong and Benediction with Fr. Louis Darrant and members of St Mary's Church, Maldon. Our experience was one of worship and a time of sitting quietly in God's presence. Bishop Stephen Cottrell then enthused us talking about God's presence with Peter and how, even though Peter seemed to get so much wrong about Jesus, people believed that his shadow passing over them could cure them. Peter was so much in tune with the rhythm of God, the rhythm of Jesus that he wasn't even aware of the effect that his shadow was having. A shadow that is often behind you and out of your sight. We do not always see God' rhythm but it is there.
The Archdeacon of Harlow, The Ven. Martin Webster, then led us through the rhythm of the science of the electron that leads to the mystery that God is everywhere and yet intimately with each one of us. A concept that even in scientific terms is difficult to comprehend. Then on to the rhythms of the seasons as the Churches of Bradwell and St Lawrence followed through God's rhythm of planting, nurturing, growing, harvesting and planting anew.
Susan Hill-Sayers changed the rhythm by challenging us to live the scriptures and, as the Celtic Church did, to take into our lives a base rhythm through learning the psalms and scriptures so that they become second nature to us and become a part of our lives - a treasure source which will always be with us. This Celtic theme was continued as Andy Raine of the Northumbrian Community spoke of the rhythm of prayer. We need to pray to live so that we may live our prayer. If we live in the shadow of God and live the prayer, then God's light shines out through us. If Peter's shadow healed then consider what our shadow could do.
And so the season finished with a service bringing together all these elements. A service where we praised God in song, in prayer and in silence.
Remember God's presence - let us always be grateful.
Chelmsford Cathedral Choir at Evensong on 15th July 2013
By the way, if you can't get to any of the planned events, you can still make your own personal pilgrimage, or simply enjoy the space, peace and spirituality of St Peter's. The Chapel is always open for you to visit at any time.
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