All Souls Day Open Church and Remembrance Service

Our Chapel is open all day on Thursday 2 November to celebrate the lives of loved ones who have passed away. Please come to the chapel and light a candle, bring a photo or write a message to hang on our streamers. There will be refreshments and all donations will go to Fair Havens Hospice.

Then at 7pm we will be having a short and very beautiful, candlelit service to celebrate the lives of loved ones who have passed away. The wonderful Waterside Choir will be singing some award-winning arrangements of songs such as You Raise Me Up and Lean on Me. Everyone is welcome to join us: all faiths or no faith. Children are very welcome too. Refreshments will be available for the service as well, and once again all donations will go to Fair Havens Hospice.

We hope you can join us for this special day.

All Souls Day Open Church on Facebook

All Souls Day Remembrance Service on Facebook

[Image Credit: Andrew Rivett, Flickr]

Christmas Market

25 November, 11:00–17:00

This Christmas we’d like to help you to find some really lovely, unique gifts to help you spread the love to your friends and loved ones –
We are hosting a brand new Christmas Market on 25 November with lots of local, independent businesses selling their wares – from handmade crystal jewellery to contemporary artworks and dairy free chocolate to hippie threads, homewares and much, much more!

We’ll be bursting with festive fun, serving refreshments of non-alchoholic mulled wine and vegan mince pies so come down and pick up some wonderful gifts whilst supporting small businesses!

Looking forward to seeing you there!

You can find out more on the Christmas Market Facebook Event page.

A sample of the stalls that will be present:

  • The Roots Store – Earthy handmade crystal jewellery & homewares
  • Beauty by Nature – Handmade cosmetics from natural ingredients
  • Manda – Dairy free cakes and handmade chocolates
  • Sally-Anne Ashley Art – Contemporary abstract art
  • Green Elephant – Hippie threads & homewares
  • Threaderick – Upcycled & handcrafted bags & accessories
  • Eyeseethingsdifferently – Original artwork, cards & stationery
  • Courts of Rayleigh – Floristry
  • Outtenabout – Wildlife photography
  • Forever Living – Lifestyle & cosmetics
  • Kate’s in Stitches – Handmade & embroidered accessories
  • BozenaKorwatjewelry – Artistic jewellery
  • Scentsy – Decorative wax warmers & waxes
  • Dave Walker – Cartoon books and gifts
  • Charlotte Walker Silver – Handmade silver jewellery

**at the time of writing there are still stalls available – no fee as such but a suggested donation of £10 to The Fisherman’s Chapel would be gratefully appreciated**

Climate change talk

A climate change talk on 7.30pm, Thursday 9 November.
Speaker: Jon Fuller: South East Essex Friends of the Earth.
Chaired by Rev Peter Moorhouse

Is it really “game over” for humanity?
Has the runaway greenhouse effect begun?
Do we still have time to avoid climate change catastrophe?

As media outlets report on evidence that a series of ‘climate feedbacks’ have begun to emerge and scientists like Prof Stephen Hawking express grave concern for life on Earth, we invite you to a talk to hear what scientists mean when they warn of the runaway greenhouse effect. The talk runs for 30 minutes and will be followed by a discussion open to all.

The talk will explain what lies behind the headlines, such as the expression “game over” in the Independent, the threat of “extinction of our species” on the RT TV channel and Prof Stephen Hawking’s warning that the planet will soon be unable to support life.
The talk is delivered in an easily accessible way for those unfamiliar with the science relating to climate change. The main ‘climate feedbacks’ will be explained and why scientists are now so concerned. As some scientists call for a technology called ‘geoengineering’, to lower global temperatures, the talk will explain what is being proposed.

People under the age of 25 may ask whether they can survive what could be coming. So for young adults the talk will also set out what might be done to feed people if global agriculture suffers unprecedented disruption.

Christmas 2017 at the Fishermen’s Chapel

Some dates for your diary:

25 November – Christmas Market, 11am-5pm

9 December – Candle Making, 3pm, for carols on Strand Wharf at 5

10 December – Gospel Vespers, 7 for 7.30

17 December – Toy service at the Den

17 December – Carol service with guest folk musicians, 4pm

23 December – Christmas Daisy Bowlers and Gospel Choir, 2pm *Ticketed event*

25 December – Christmas Day service, 11am

Gospel Vespers

The Gospel Vespers service at the Fishermen’s Chapel is an informal service including traditional gospel music from the Fishermen’s Chapel Gospel Choir, along with readings and reflections. We often have the Monday Singers contributing too. Everyone is welcome.

Our next Gospel Vespers services are 12 November and 10 December, and every second Sunday of the month at 7.30pm. Refreshments are served from 7.

We’ve had some great services so far – guests have included Michael Glaysher in May, and The Monday Singers in July, both of whom were brilliant.

You can still join the choir too – come along on a Tuesday, 7-8pm in the community room.

Music Adventures for 2-4 year olds

Music Adventures for 2-4 year olds.

Music Adventures kicks off with our tried and tested DINOSAUR theme!

We will be learning about volume, the saxophone, playing at the right time and relating sounds to broader feelings. There will be confidence building, singing, dancing, and plenty of time to jam with the instrument box as we explore the prehistoric land and make a whole lot of noise. And yes parents, this is an especially loud one.

Please book in advance, £6 per child. PayPal to with your name, child’s name and age.

Music Adventures is a new fun and inclusive music group for 2-4 year olds. The children will learn about creating and appreciating music through pretend play and movement, and every session will include an introduction to a new instrument (whereever possible the children will be allowed to handle and play the main instrument however safety and hygiene do place limits on this). There will be dancing, plenty of time to play a wide range of real instruments (NOT JUST SHAKERS), and a trip on the magic carpet to a new theme each session.

Early musical education helps with all areas of life, in particular listening, turn taking, counting, sharing, body awareness, co-ordination, concentration, confidence and self expression. However this is not a classroom situation! We will be being very silly and loud. There will be no wrong answers and the sessions will evolve to suit the character and experience of the children present. Music is a social and joyous thing and this is the main message I wish to pass on.

Payment will be on a session by session basis, not by term, so if your child finds they do not enjoy it or if you would just like to explore their favourite themes there is no pressure or extra cost. I do request advance booking, to control class size.

Children with extra needs are welcomed and the age range is a recommendation, not a rule. This venue is downstairs and we can open the fire doors for wheelchair access. This session will involve loud and sudden noises. Please let me know when paying if there is anything special which will make it easier for your child to take part.

Facebook event links:

Monday 25th September

Monday 30th October

We’re open for coffee on Wednesdays

Chapel coffee

The Fishermen’s Chapel is open for coffee every Wednesday from 10 until 12.

We serve fresh coffee, all kinds of interesting teas, and cakes, all for a donation. Everyone is welcome. We particularly enjoy meeting local artists and independents, so do come along and bring some work to show us, and / or a card, and we’ll post a link to you on our Facebook page (which is a good place to find coffee morning and Chapel updates).

The Chapel also wants to encourage people who may need company or some one to talk to to feel welcome here. Perhaps some of you could bring a neighbour or someone you know who would like to come out for coffee? We look forward to seeing you!

The Fishermen’s Chapel Gospel Choir

Looking for something different to do this year? Why not join our new Fishermen’s Chapel Gospel Choir, singing traditional gospel music at the Chapel? Rehearsals will be every Tuesday evening in the downstairs room, 7-8pm. Contact Heather for more details, 07879 232231. There is a new Facebook page for the Gospel Choir here: Fishermen’s Chapel Gospel Choir – Facebook.

We have plans for a new monthly ‘Gospel Vespers’ service from Easter – details to be announced when the choir is up and running.

Come and join in – activities for 2017

Happy New Year from the Fishermen’s Chapel. Here is a list of regular activities for 2017:

Daisy Bowlers fund raising concerts, on the first Friday of each month, 2pm – 4pm, free to attend, collection for a nominated charity.

Wednesday mornings coffee and cakes, 10.00am – 12.00pm, networking opportunity for local entrepreneurs, meeting point for the art and music community, socialising for mum’s, kids and the grey community, re-starting 4th January 2017

Cockleshell Chorus, every Tuesday evening, 8.00pm – 9.30pm. Currently only space for additional male voices, re-starting 10th January 2017, see;

Gospel Choir – new venture, rehearsing every Tuesday evening 7pm – 8pm, starting 10th January 2017, contact Heather 07879 232231

The Craft Club Yarnbombers – meet 3rd Thursday of each month, 7.30pm – 9.30pm, contact thecraftclubyarnbombers [at]

Paul’s Studio photography training sessions, Sundays 26th February, 21st May & 3rd September for ‘Introduction to Photography’ + 11th June & 3rd September for ‘Childrens Portrait Photography’, see charges & full details at

Musical Improvisers Workshops – from 8.00pm on the last Thursday of each month, next session 26th January 2017, contact j9hannon [at] + various concerts through the year

Ellie Petal’s ‘Yoga for Beginners’ – every Wednesday 7.00pm – 8.30pm, contact Ellie 07817 992217

Musical Stories live 10.30-12, Thursday 16 February 2017, £10 per child for families with children aged 2-5 years. To book contact Katharine – 07941 374587, katharine [at]

Sunday morning communion services – first Sunday in the month at 9.30am

Sunday morning worship/Parades with the 3rd Chalkwell Bay Scouts, 11.00am on 3rd Sunday each month – check our web site for details

Sunday evening ‘Gospel Vespers’ – details to be announced when choir tuned up – ‘like’ us on Facebook @thefishermenschapel to keep informed