Church of England Diocese of Chelmsford St. James and St. Paul Colchester

Colchester: St James the Great

The Church is open for private prayer at the advertised times. ! Welcome to the Parish of St James and St Paul, East Hill, Colchester.

The church is always open for private prayer an hour before each Mass. 

Tuesday- private prayer 11-1p.m 

Wednesday- Mass 7 p.m (closed)

Thursday- Mass12:30p.m (closed)

Friday- private prayer 11-Noon  (followed by Rosary Prayers at Noon CLOSED) 

Sunday- Mass at 8 Said Mass  & 10 a.m Parish Mass (Livebroadcasting only)

The parish of Colchester: St James & St Paul is committed to the safeguarding of children, young people and adults. We follow the House of Bishop's guidance and policies and have our own Parish Safeguarding Officer(s), PSOs. The Diocese of Chelmsford’s safeguarding pages contains vital links and information including contacts for the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser (DSA) who advise our PSOs. If you are concerned that a child or adult has been harmed or may be at risk of harm please contact the DSA. If you have immediate concerns about the safety of someone, please contact the police and your local authority Children or Adults Services."

<span style="font-size: 1rem;">We are an Anglo-Catholic (Church of England) parish in the diocese of Chelmsford, located in the historic Roman town of Colchester in the County of Essex in England.  The Parish is served by the Church of St James the Great and we offer you a very warm welcome.</span>

Opening the St. James the Great Church, East Hill, Colchester to the public from 4th July 2020- COVID-19

St. James the Great Church is normally open on Sunday to the Public.

8.00 Mass

10.00 am Parish Mass.

At the moment  To reduce social contact, the Government has ordered certain businesses and venues to close or restrict how they provide goods and services. These include:

Places of worship, apart from for the purposes of independent prayer, and service broadcasting and funerals

<span style="font-size: 1rem;">The following notes provide general guidance that helps PCC ensure that building/church is ready to be opened safely and in line with government guidance.</span>

The following documents shape the measures that are in place at St.James the Great.

Opening cathedral and church buildings advice v.1_0

Coronavirus Advice on the Administration of Holy Communion v3.0 (1)

VERSION 4 July 2nd Parish Risk Assessment Template 3rd July 2020

FACE MASK to be worn. Some exemptions apply. 

Follow the yellow coloured ‘Pilgrim’ signs’.

Keep two-meter social distancing if/when queuing to get into Church.

Wait for the sidesperson/welcomer to invite you in at the South Door.

Apply anti-bac to your hands at the cleaning station in Church.

Adhere to the one-way system.

Keep to the 2 Meter Social distancing in Church.

Single-family groups may sit together.

Sit in the unrestricted areas.

No congregational hymn singing or congregational singing of the Mass setting.

Do not congregate for group conversation in Church.

Respect the Church as a place of prayer and people that are praying.

Livestreaming will continue (where possible).

The priest will use gold plated tong for distribution of the Eucharist host to the faithful during mass.

Communion should be administered in one kind only with no sharing of the common cup.

The Priest Celebrant can speak the words of the Eucharistic Prayer over

bread and wine that he alone will consume.

The Eucharist Host that will be consumed by other communicants must remain covered until being distributed (e.g. wafers in a ciborium with the lid on)

Please do keep in touch by using our Facebook Site

Fr James McCluskey

Contact [email protected]

phone 01206 860419 – 07739404082

Or contact ChurchWarden, Lucy Mason – email [email protected]

phone  01206 386766

Or contact ChurchWarden. Stephen Pawlak – 01206 728 443

email [email protected]

May Our Lady pray for us and our Patron Saint defend us, may St Michael fight the principalities and dark forces of this world for us.  Ephesians 6:12

In the Cross of Christ

Fr. James McCluskey

Church of St. James the Great

50B Priory Street,



Our church has a rich history, committed to worshipping God in the beauty of holiness and serving the people in the local community with prayer, care and commitment.

Fr James McCluskey is the parish priest.

<span style="font-size: 1rem;">Father Richard Costin is a retired associate priest with 'Permission to Officiate'.</span>

Please see Contact and More for more detail

Get in touch

Fr James McCluskey SSC

The Rectory 50B Priory Street Colchester

Our website

CHURCHES TO REMAIN CLOSED FOR PUBLIC WORSHIP BUT OPEN FOR PRIVATE PRAYER From Thursday 5 November until 2 December Churches are to remain closed except for Private Prayer.

16 Aug 2020, 10 a.m.