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We are a diverse and lively bunch of people, learning to follow Jesus, love people and transform the world around us.  We are part of the New Wine network of churches and are an Anglican Church, in the Diocese of Chelmsford.

Being part of an SJC Community

Our Communities are the place to ‘feel like we belong’ at SJC. They’re where we’re ‘known and grown’ as followers of Jesus- meeting regularly to do life, worship, pray together and serve the world around us in different ways. Each Community serves a local area, or a particular group of people. These Communities are all sorts of shapes and sizes, for all ages and stages, and we’re sure there will be one for you to feel a part of and feel at home in. Ask a friend which one they belong and join theirs, visit our SJC Communities page or click here to tell us which one you’re interested in visiting and becoming a part of and you’ll be sent an invite.

Gathering on Sundays

Do visit our services guide to find out which Sunday gathering would suit your needs. During our gatherings, we worship and receive life-giving teaching and encouragement for the week ahead, so as to envision us and equip us to live life to the full. There are always opportunities to receive prayer during our gatherings and to be filled with the Holy Spirit.

Each Sunday one of our gatherings is live-streamed and made available on the St John’s Church Colchester YouTube channel and are available 24/7 so you can watch at a time convenient to you.

Prayer at SJC

Prayer is central to the life of SJC, with gatherings throughout the week, in our Communities, and at our Prayer Gatherings. Click here to get see how you can get involved…

Our Team


 Rev’d Chris Willis

(Assisting during vacancy)

Rev Viv Whitfield

Rev Viv Whitfield

Associate Vicar


Jo Roberts

Bookkeeper/Venue Bookings

Clare Luxton

Clare Luxton

Director of ministry with children, youth & families


Sarah Barlow

Church Administrator

Ruth Ellam

Worship Director

Mary Anthony

Mary Anthony

Pastoral Care Coordinator

Celia Simcox

Celia Simcox

Lay Preacher


Alex Quayle


Jeremaine Johnson



Ewan Darby

Church Manager


Rick Nice


Resource Church

SJC is a resource church with a vision to use its buildings and facilities to serve the community and beyond. As well as working with other churches in Colchester we work in partnership with the churches of Greenstead with St Anne’s and St Mary’s, Wivenhoe.

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