OFFERING church services throughout the week are just some of the ways the Bishop of Chelmsford wants to reconnect residents with the Christian faith.
The Rt Rev Stephen Cottrell’s vision for adapting the church to fit in
with the ongoing changes in society is to address the constant
challenge of reconnecting people to the church.
After eight months in his new position Bishop Stephen is determined to
raise people’s awareness of what the church does as well as to close
the expanding gap between society and the church.
Putting a fresh-face on a 2,000 year old set of principles and beliefs
Bishop Stephen, 52, has been inviting residents and shoppers to join
him for a chat on a sofa in Lakeside shopping centre.
Bishop Stephen said taking responsibility for the second largest diocese in the country was daunting but highly honourable.
He said: “I love the diversity of Essex, especially the fantastic
stretch of coast line and it is good to be back, especially to south
Essex because I have family who live here.
“I find people are interested and fascinated by what the church has to
say and what we represent but have had little or no contact with the
“The step between the church and people’s lives is getting bigger but
we are doing lots of things both large and small to bridge the step.” Read more