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

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.

YouTube Live Stream

We are delighted that we will be able to recommence church services on Sunday 6 September 2020. Those who are signed up to attend physically will receive an e-mail each week with specific guidance/instructions,

In order to watch our live stream, please go to our YouTube Channel at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCgJif7aGsE0LHbbW5SLBG5g/videos?view=2&flow=grid shortly before 11.00am each Sunday and the live stream will commence when it is ready. You should be able to watch the YouTube stream on your computer/laptop, tablet, smartphone, or smart TV, if all goes to plan. You don’t need to sign up for anything.

You will also find this link published on our Facebook and Twitter pages on Sunday morning. If you are not available to join us at 11.00am on Sunday then you should be able to catch up at any time in the future by following the above link. We will also be publishing the podcast on the church website as usual by around Sunday lunchtime.

Restarting Sunday Church Services

The Oversight are pleased to be able to provide details of our Sunday services during Covid-19 and how to access them.

We have made a number of changes and you are asked to read the guidance notes linked to below before you book a place.  The instructions are a couple of pages long but should provide all of the information that you need. Along with the instructions, the church’s risk assessment and a floorplan are attached for your reference. Please note that not all seats will be utilised within the floorplan – appropriate seats will be blocked off depending on who books to attend each week.

You will be required to book attendance for yourself (and your family group, if required) as space is limited.  While it will not be possible for all of the church congregation to attend each week, we would encourage you to book places for when you are able to attend bearing in mind the needs of others.  We estimate that everyone should be able to attend once or twice during September.

In order to book, please send a message to Dave Partridge on his mobile number or through the Contact Form. Bookings must be made by 7.00pm on the day before the service at the latest.  When contacting Dave, please let him know how many people are attending and the date(s) you are booking for and he will confirm your booking.

We look forward to meeting together again!

Coronavirus COVID-19 – updated 11 August 2020

Having met by Zoom recently, the Oversight have now come to the decision that for the four Sundays in September we will hold a short morning service on the church premises.

There will be restricted numbers able to attend the service (which will be bookable in advance), and we will live stream it for those not able to be there in person.

Full details will be issued nearer the time, once we have worked out all the practicalities.

All other meetings will remain on Zoom for the time being and we will also look at reintroducing some form of children’s work as soon as we can.

Please contact us if you require further information on these or assistance with how to access them, either by Zoom or by telephone. We would encourage to you to join these meetings if you are able.

If you would like one of the Oversight to come and pray with you in your own home, please contact us and we will be pleased to arrange this.

We sincerely hope that you and your families remain well and we look forward to being able to welcome you back as soon as it is safe to do so.

Easter Services 2020 – cancelled

**These services and events are cancelled due to the ongoing Coronavirus situation.**

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

On Palm Sunday (4th April) our services will be led by Richard Partridge at 11.00am and someone else at 6.30pm.

On Good Friday (10th April) we will have a short service at 10.00am reflecting on the sacrifice made by Jesus Christ at the cross.

On Easter Saturday (11th April) we have our annual TJC Easter Egg Hunt taking place at Dry Street Memorial Church.  This year there will be two hunts – one at 9.30am and one at 11.00am.  Free tickets must be booked in advance at https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/corringhamevan/easter-egg-hunt-2020/e-exqdqo

On Easter Sunday (12th April) we will celebrate the resurrection at 11.00am followed by an evening service at 6.30pm.