Message to Schools from Rt Revd Stephen Cottrell

Dear friends,

We are living through extraordinary days, and we are all learning how to be the church without the usual trappings of church life which we look to for sustenance. Now, in order to save lives and help our health service manage this crisis, schools are closing as well.

Could I thank you for the work you do for our children and our local communities, providing resources and support for children to learn at home, and continuing to teach in school and care for those children whose parents are in the front line of fighting the coronavirus and helping those who are suffering.

Please be assured of my prayers.


Also see message from the Archbishop of Canterbury to school leaders and teachers.

Bishop Stephen

Diocese of Chelmsford
Schools, Children and Young People

The Diocese of Chelmsford supports

  • 139 Church Schools & Vine Schools Academy Trust
  • Mission with children and youth in 460 parishes;
  • Sparrows network of pre-school settings
  • Chaplaincies in colleges and universities across East London and Essex.

Our work directly impacts the lives of over 100,000 young people; our commitment is to excellence that all may flourish and have a life-enhancing encounter with the Christian faith and the person of Jesus Christ.

Read our Mission Statement >

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Latest Events and Training Courses

Our current events and training courses have been postponed.

View our 2019/20 Learning and Development Programme (PDF)

Easter edition - Schools Bulletin, 1 April 2020

A selection of resources to use while our schools are closed, and an opportunity to submit an Expression of Interest for our School Adviser role.

Read the E-bulletin

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