Tot Spot is restarting!

Greetings fellow Tot Spotters!

It has been over a year since we were last able to be together and we’ve really missed seeing our Tot Spot family every Wednesday. However, we have some exciting news to share – we’re re-starting next week (21 April)!

Under current Government guidelines we are now allowed to host up to 15 adults plus their children each week, as long as we all follow social distancing and mask requirements. It won’t be quite the same because we won’t be able to do story or songtime, but as a first step back to normality, we can’t wait.

In order to limit attendance, places at Tot Spot will have to be pre-booked each week. We’ve set up a really simple online booking system which you will need to visit and put in your details for Track and Trace purposes (these details will be retained for 21 days). The booking calendar can be accessed at https://outlook.office365.com/owa/calendar/TotSpot1@corringhamevangelical.co.uk/bookings/

Please note the following information to ensure that Tot Spot is safe for everyone:

Masks must be worn at all times when inside the church building unless exempt and you will be asked to sanitise your hands on entry to the building. Chairs will be spaced around the room and should not be moved. You may move around to play with or assist your child but we ask that you are mindful of social distancing guidelines. Children will not be expected to maintain social distance. If you or your child are feeling unwell, please do not attend. Places are strictly limited to 15 adults per week. Please be considerate of others when booking and book only for the week ahead. If you are unable to make your booked session, please cancel as soon as possible to allow another family to attend. The full risk assessment is available at the link below.

We are very much looking forward to welcoming many of you back to Tot Spot.

Thank you for your support and cooperation in making it as safe and enjoyable as possible for everyone.

Hollie and Becky

Covid-19 Risk Assessment – Tot Spot

Coronavirus COVID-19 – update 23 February 2021

Following the Prime Minister’s announcement last night, the Oversight have agreed that we will resume in-person services on Sunday 14 March 2021.

You may recall that churches were allowed to continue holding in-person services when the current lockdown was announced but we felt that it was right and proper, given the high prevalence of Covid-19 in the local area and restrictions placed on all areas of people’s lives, that we abstain from meeting in-person temporarily.  Now that rates of infection have fallen significantly in the local area, we felt that the date that schools were allowed to return was an appropriate point to resume meeting.

As has been the case for a number of months, capacity will be strictly limited to ensure social distancing, the wearing of masks will be required (unless you have a medical exemption), and singing will not be possible.  A booking system will therefore be in place – please contact us if you would like to attend.  Please note that the one-way system will no longer be in force because people generally arrive and leave at specific times so this is no longer felt to be necessary.

We will, of course, continue streaming services online and it is planned for that to continue even once ‘normality’ returns for those who are unable to get to a service.

We hope that you will welcome this cautious return to meeting together.  It has been a long and difficult period where we have not been able to meet as we would wish (and this will continue for some months) but we pray for a speedy full return to being able to meet together to sing, praise and worship our mighty God as a church family.

‘Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.’

Hebrews 10:23-25

Easter Services 2021

Over Easter we have a number of services and activities to celebrate this important season.

On Palm Sunday (28th March), our service will be led by Chris Mayers at 11.00am and will also be live-streamed on YouTube.

On Good Friday (2nd April), we will have a short service at 10.00am reflecting on the sacrifice made by Jesus Christ at the cross.  This gathering will take place on Zoom.

On Easter Sunday (4th April) we will celebrate the resurrection at 11.00am (in person and live-streamed on YouTube).  Following recent changes in Government guidelines, we shall also be holding an outdoors acoustic sung worship session after the morning service in the grounds of Dry Street Memorial Church – please join us from 12.15pm at Dry Street, if you are able, ensuring that you follow guidelines on social distancing etc.

We haven’t been able to hold our TJC Easter Egg Hunt this year due to the Coronavirus pandemic, but instead we have distributed over 100 gift bags to local children so that they can celebrate Easter in their own homes.

Colossians: Struggling People

Aim: To see that the Christian life is not meant to be an easy ride but a life of hard work as we strive to build one another up in Christ (Colossians 1:24-2:5)

YouTube live stream: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8F6NUwfW_Pk

Colossians: Kingdom People

Aim: To see that, as Christians, we have been brought into the Kingdom of God and that the King has called us to be kingdom makers who break into the darkness of the world with the light of the King (Colossians 1:13-24; Luke 17:20-21)

YouTube live stream: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=shvRbO1j__0

Kids’ Zone 2020

Normally at this time of year we would host Kids’ Zone, a chance for young people to prepare lots of fun crafts and treats just in time for Christmas. Because of Covid-19, we can’t hold this safely in person this year, so instead we’re bringing Kids’ Zone right into your house!

Listed below are loads of fun craft ideas which have been prepared by people from the church. They’re all designed to use things that you hopefully already have around the house or you can get hold of easily at the supermarket, and each one has a video showing you how to do it.

Give as many of these ideas a go as you like, and please do feel free to share them on our Facebook page or Tweet them to us – we would love to see them!

Also don’t forget to check our our Christmas service which will take place at 11.00am on Sunday 20 December 2020 – it will be live on our YouTube channel. You can also book to attend physically on our Christmas page.

Welcome and How to Make Christmas Crackers

How to make Christmas crackers from items you have around the home.

How to Make a Christmas Wreath

How to make a Christmas Wreath from foliage around your garden and the local area.

How to Make Christmas Peppermint Bark

How to make Christmas Peppermint Bark from ingredients you either have at home or from the supermarket.

How to Make a Toilet Roll Christmas Tree

How to make a Christmas Tree from toilet roll!

How to Make Origami Santas

How to make Origami Santas using just A4 paper, pens and scissors.

How to Make Edible Christmas Trees

How to make Edible Christmas Trees from either rice crispie cakes or chocolate brownies.

How to Make Hot Chocolate Stirrers

How to Make Hot Chocolate Stirrers

How to Make a Stained Glass Window

How to Make a Stained Glass Window

How to Make an Origami Star

How to Make an Origami Star

Christmas 2020

**IMPORTANT – Sunday 20 December’s physical services have been cancelled (but will be available on YouTube)**

Following this afternoon’s announcement that Essex is moving into a Tier 4 lockdown, the Oversight have made the exceptionally difficult decision to cancel our physical Christmas services that were due to take place tomorrow.

While churches are allowed to meet under Tier 4, it is quite clear that the incidence of Covid-19 is exceptionally high in the local area at the moment, and we are personally aware of a significant number of people who are suffering or self-isolating.  We also have to consider that families have been told that they are unable to meet together over Christmas and therefore it does not necessarily send the right message to bring a large group together in the building, even though we have worked very hard to make it as safe as possible.

We don’t yet really know how easily the new variant of the virus is transmitting and we would all be devastated if there was an outbreak emanating from the church or if someone became seriously ill after attending church.

We shall be considering future physical meetings over the next couple of weeks (we weren’t due to meet until the new year anyway) and will update you as further information becomes available.

In the meantime, our Christmas service will be live on YouTube at 11.00am tomorrow – please follow this link to take part: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KYe-0QcHCQk

Please pray that a combination of the vaccine and government measures will have an effect sooner rather than later, and please continue to pray for the Oversight as we seek to navigate our way through this very challenging time.


We just wanted to take this opportunity to wish you a very Happy Christmas!

This year has been challenging, hasn’t it? (In fact, you might say it’s been a bit rubbish!) We’re all a bit fed up with lockdowns, facemasks, and all things Covid-related. It can get on top of us and leave us feeling a bit hope-less.

Whilst this Christmas might not be “normal”, and we might miss the parties, work-do’s, shopping, and festivities, perhaps it’s an opportunity to take a minute to remember what’s important about this season.

The Christmas story might just be something you remember from when you were little but it is no fairy tale! Over 2,000 years ago, something happened that not only changed history, it changed everything! It’s the story that we need right now. It’s a story of joy, a story of peace, a story of love, and it’s a story of HOPE!

We’ll be sharing more of this story of hope over the coming weeks at our Christmas services and we would love for you to join us!

Wishing you a very blessed Christmas,

All at Corringham Evangelical Church

“…His name will be the hope of the world.”

Matthew 12:21

Planned Services

Our planned Christmas services are as follows:

Sunday 20 December 2020 – 11.00am on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KYe-0QcHCQk

Friday 25 December 2020 – 10.00am – Christmas Day gathering on Zoom

Sunday 27 December 2020 – 11.00am – Open Service on Zoom

Please note that unfortunately we are not able to walk around Old Corringham carol singing this year due to Government restrictions.

Kids’ Zone

Normally at this time of year we would host Kids’ Zone, a chance for young people to prepare lots of fun crafts and treats just in time for Christmas. Because of Covid-19, we can’t hold this safely in person this year, so instead we’re bringing Kids’ Zone right into your house!

Over on the Kids’ Zone page are lots of craft videos for you to have a go at. Please take a look!

Coronavirus COVID-19 – update 1 November 2020

Following the announcement from the Government last night, the Oversight are writing to confirm that for the next few weeks there will be no physical meetings taking place at church after today (Sunday 1 November 2020).

During this period we will continue to ‘live stream’ a service from church on YouTube which you will be able to watch live or catch-up on at a later stage.  We will also seek to involve members of the congregatio by asking people to video themselves leading congregational prayers or reading a Bible passage – your assistance with this, if approached, will be greatly appreciated.

The other meetings taking place on Zoom (e.g. Prayer Meeting, Bible Book Club etc.) will continue as before.

This situation will be reviewed as and when Government guidance is updated.

We recognise that this is a difficult time for all and as a church body we must continue to pray strenuously for our Government, our country, and the world as we face this challenge.  There are many in our community who are hurting or lonely and we must pray that God will use this terrible situation for good at this time.