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The Pearl Cluster of Churches covers a large geographical area, encompassing seven Churches and thirteen worshipping congregations.

It comprises of St Andrews Ashingdon, All Saints South Fambridge, St Nicholas Canewdon, St Peters Paglesham, St Andrews Rochford, St Nicholas Great Wakering and All Saints Barling Magna.

The primary purpose of the Cluster is to call, recognise, equip, and release God’s people into mission so as to build God’s Kingdom and not personal empires.

This understanding confirms in us that God has already poured into his church the necessary gifts, not simply for sustainability but for growth, both numerically and spiritually.:

Our passion is Jesus.

Our aspiration is to be a transforming presence in every community

Our resources are faithful people

“We chose the name “Pearl Cluster of Churches” because each parish location has a historic connection with oyster fishing and of course remembering that our faith in Jesus and the kingdom of God are a pearl of great price. The main driving ambition and purpose of the Cluster is “Mission” in both our vocation and life.

For upcoming events and dates for your diary please check out each of the Parish Churches page using the links above in the Churches Tab.

All Saints Barling Magna

Harvest Weekend

we look forward to seeing you.



The CCS has started for this year but it is still not too late if you would like to join one of the groups.

Reverend Sharon will be leading a group in Pleshey at the House of Retreat, this will be held once a month on a Tuesday from 10am to 3pm, please email Sharon on if you would like to know more about the Pleshey group.

Reverend Kim and Reverend Hayley will be leading a course in Rochford, please contact either of them on or for further details

The Diocesan website has lots of information on the course and can be accessed here.

We are excited to say that we are hosting an Alpha Course starting on the 2nd October at 4pm, this will be for ten consecutive weeks. We will be meeting at St Nicholas Church Canewdon.

Alpha is an opportunity for you to discover more about the Christian Faith and engage in conversations about faith, life and God in a friendly and welcoming atmosphere, with the added bonus of coffee/tea and cake.

Please contact any Clergy member of our ministry team if you would like to find out more. Click here for contact details.

We look forward to seeing you.

We are the three Incumbents in the Pearl Cluster of Churches.

We rotate between all the church buildings, delighting as we bring ministry in the difference and diversity of tradition, and meeting along the way folks in different contexts.

We are glad you have found us, please do not hesitate to get in touch with any of us, or anyone on the Clergy team, or of course any of the wardens of the churches. If we don't have the answer straight away we can signpost you to the person who does. Our prayer is that as you discover a little bit about us you will feel free to come and join us, we look forward to meeting you.

Each church has its own page, click on the link on the church drop down menu to find out more.

Hello, my name is Sharon Guest. I was ordained in 2012 in Chelmsford Cathedral and came to these parishes in January 2019. I am also involved with Cursillo and am the spiritual director for the diocesan Chelmsford Cursillo and I find great joy in encouraging people to develop their own spirituality on their journey of faith.

Hi, my name is Kim Lepley, and I have been in these parishes since 2015.

I have been ordained since 2012 in Chelmsford Cathedral. Working within the Church of England is a huge joy and both myself and John have found a home within the parishes that we live and work in.

Hi, my name is Ernie Guest, I was ordained in 2002 in Chelmsford Cathedral and have served in a variety of parishes over the years.

I have a passion for evangelism and seeing people come to faith.

Alongside my parish responsibilities, I have been involved in vocations for over 15 years and work with the diocesan team as the area ordination advisor for Southend Archdeaconry.

We in the Pearl Cluster of Churches are committed to ensuring that all the Parish Churches are a safe place for all.

All PCC's have adopted the Church of England's policy on a Safer Church for Children and vulnerable adults.

Please visit our Safeguarding page by clicking here or using the tab above for further information and links to documents, helpful agencies and telephone numbers.