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.

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 National Spiritual Director. I find great joy in encouraging people to develop their own spirituality on their journey of faith.

If you would like to learn more about Cursillo click here to be directed to Chelmsford Diocese Cursillo, or here for the National Cursillo website.

I'm also a tutor on the Course in Christian Studies, if you would like to learn more about this course please click here 

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 minister in.

In my wider role I'm the Deanery Vocations advisor, Wellbeing Advocate for Clergy, and Chaplain to the Chairman of Rochford District Council. I'm also a tutor on the Course in Christian Studies, if you would like to lean more about this course please click here 

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.

I'm also on the leadership team for Chelmsford Cursillo, if you would like more information on Cursillo please click here and a tutor on the Course in Christian Studies, if you would like to learn more about this course please click here

I'm also a member of the  Diocesan Synod.

Reverend Ernie and Reverend Sharon Guest will both be taking a Sabbatical from the 1st of September to the 30th of November 2023.

We pray with them and for them that our Lord will inspire them, encourage them and speak to them as they take time for rest, study and pilgrimage.

Ps 119:105. Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path

Micah 6:8. He has shown you O mortal what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God

While Ernie and Sharon are away on Sabbatical for all enquiries the first point of contact is Reverend Kim Lepley on 01702 216725 or Email:

Come and join Sue for a 'Wool and Wonder' group

Bring along your skills or come along to learn a new one and be part of an ongoing project.

For further information contact Reverend Sue Mills.

Some pictures from the recent Midsummer Fayre in St Nicholas Meadow Great Wakering

Some pictures from the Allegro Choir Concert recently held in St Andrews Rochford

Some pictures from the Gaudeamus Choir recently held at 

All Saints Barling

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.