Welcome to the Parish of St James and St Paul Colchester

We are an Anglo Catholic (Church of England) parish in the diocese of Chelmsford, located in the historic Roman town of Colchester in the County of Essex in England.  The Parish is served by the Church of St James the Great and we offer you a very warm welcome.

Fr James McCluskey is the parish priest.

Canon Alan Cross is a retired associate priest with ‘Permission to Officiate’.

Father Richard Costin is a retired associate priest with ‘Permission to Officiate’.

Please see Contact and More for more details

Our  church has a rich history, committed to worshiping God in the beauty of holiness and serving the people in the local community with prayer, care and commitment.


We are committed to Safeguarding Children and Young People, and Vulnerable Adults.

The PCC has adopted the Church of England’s policies and best practice on safeguarding which may be found on the Church of England’s website.


Our Parish Safeguarding Officer is Mrs Clare Moles whose details may be found on the church notice board or who can be contacted via email at clarereklaw@hotmail.com.