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Bishop of Chelmsford outlines plan for 101 new church communities by 2025

The Bishop of Chelmsford has unveiled a plan to establish more than 100 new church communities in Essex within the next five years, reports the Saffron Walden Reporter.

The plan was revealed recently to churchwardens at St Mary's Parish Church, in Saffron Walden, with Right Reverned Stephen Cottrell sharing details of the plan being launched by the Diocese of Chelmsford.

In it, Bishop Stephen said: "It is a big challenge, but there is also a big need. We see new housing estates growing up all around us. The Church of England has an historic vocation to be the Church for everyone, so we need to develop a Christian presence in and for every community.

"To achieve this, we will have to work together. We must build teams. But hasn't this always been the case? The gospel of Jesus Christ is too important and too precious for any of us to think we can go it alone.

"Churchwardens will be a vital part of this strategic development. I look forward to thanking you for your commitment to the life and witness of the local church, and to share with you how we might grow some new ones."

The diocese hopes to have launched 101 new communities by 2025 and Rev Canon Dave Wade, head of development for growing Christian communities, said he would be visiting each deanery in Uttlesford to help with developing a plan.

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