Canonesses of the Holy Sepulchre

In a society of bustle, to be an oasis of stillness;

We seek to provide opportunities for quiet reflection
For those who are searching for meaning and purpose
For those who find themselves with heavy burdens to bear
For those who are looking for companionship on the journey of life
For those who find themselves on the margins of the formal structures of organised Religion
For those who cannot find their place
For those searching for quiet - just to"be"

The Scripture courses at present are:   

Scripture Courses:-

Wednesdays: 10:00 - 12:00 February - June 2019. Priory Street, in the Crypt.
Topic; Development of understanding of Jesus, the Christ, after New Testament times.
February 6, 13, 20, 27
March 6, 13, 20, 27
April 3, 10 (break for Easter)
May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
June 5, 12, 19, 26 

Thursdays (except for the first in each month) 10:00 - 12:00 in the Parish Hall. January - June 2019 
Topic: Christology of the New Testament and the early Christian centuries.
January 17, 24, 31
February 14, 21, 28
March 14, 21, 28
April 11 (break for Easter)
May 9, 16, 23, 30
June 13, 20, 27 

Please note, the sessions in Chelmsford have been discontinued.

Just bring your Bible and an open mind and heart!


Reflection on Scripture

Whenever we find ourselves with other people who are searching for a deeper meaning and purpose Scripture is used as a spring board for reflection.

A Community member regularly leads Scripture Study for Adults in Chelmsford and Colchester. These Ecumenical groups, meeting together as people of faith, sharing the same journey, are an opportunity to look more closely at particular themes and individual books of the Old and New Testament.

 Howe Close And Bish 004


Weeks of Guided Prayer

Retreats in daily life, otherwise known as Weeks of Guided Prayer, are led by members of the Community and others in a Parish, an area or for example, the University. They are an opportunity for a retreat without the need to put life on hold or stay somewhere residentially. Each person meets daily with a prayer guide and puts aside some time for prayer.

 Quiet Day 1


Quiet Days

The Community lead Quiet days when requested. Bi-monthly Quiet Days which are run in Colchester are advertised in the Community's Newsletter. These in-house days bring a profound silence in the house and garden until the final cup of tea!

 Quiet Day 4

Spiritual Direction

Members of the Community trained in this ministry act as personal guides. Generally this takes place in our own Community houses.

 Quiet Day 6


We belong to Chaplaincy teams in a variety of places:


University chaplaincy
: A university chaplaincy is a 'holy ground' - a place of searching, growth, fun, friendship and support, where faith can mature and be shared. Working in this situation calls for a listening ear, much community building, giving encouragement and support on many different levels in a faith context.

 University Students

Hospital chaplaincy
in a General Hospital and in a Specialist Psychiatric unit. It is a privileged ministry to be alongside people at these times when there is uncertainty, questioning and searching. Members of our Community working on these Chaplaincy Teams add to the overall level of Pastoral care: by 'being there', being in relation.

 Christina Chaplaincy

School Chaplaincy is a lively involvement as Schools are vibrant places with countless opportunities for a listening ear and a word of encouragement. Generally these ministries are ecumenical and give members of the Community opportunities to plan Liturgy and prayer appropriate to the situation.


All those needs are brought into our prayer´╗┐.  ´╗┐