evangelical

As a Church we are passionate about promoting the good news about Jesus Christ. We believe that because Jesus came into the world, died on a cross and rose over death that all who believe in him are forgiven and will live forever with God. We believe and teach the Bible. It’s our authority for all of life and its teaching is central to our times of worship.

baptist

We believe that the Bible teaches that when a person hears, understands and believes the good news of Jesus Christ, they should respond by faith. This means turning from sin, trusting Christ for salvation and obeying Christ. One of the first steps is believers’ baptism. This involves immersing the whole person in water as a rich symbol of what has already taken place in their life.

INDEPENDENT

We are a local church, that governs itself under the guidance of the Bible. We have good relationships with many other Bible believing churches, but are entirely financed by the voluntary gifts of those involved in this church.

MISSION STATEMENT

PBC exists to glorify God by helping people to become Christians, and helping Christians to become more like Christ. 

A church isn’t a building. Church is a gathering of people who want to learn about and follow Jesus Christ. It’s a network of relationships based upon our relationship with Christ. That means that getting to know a church means getting to know the people who make up that church. It means getting to know the God who we worship and serve. That’s why we hope you’ll take time to get to know us at Prettygate.
We believe in every-member ministry; that every believer has a part to play in God’s church, by exercising the gifts and abilities that God has given them.

MIDWEEK ACTIVITIES

During lockdown, our weekly meetings have been streamlined into one meeting for the whole church: Church Family Together – every Tuesday at 7:30pm. You can find it under the ‘watch live’ menu at the top of your screen.

However under normal circumstances, our midweek meetings are more varied as you can see below.

Please ask any of the team if you are interested in joining a growth group.

CHURCH FAMILY TOGETHER

The whole church family is invited to join together in fellowship to praise God through singing, talking about God’s word and praying together.

(1st Tuesday of the month)

CONNECT 3

A chance to make your own plans to meet up with someone else, either someone from the church or perhaps a non-Christian friend, to build up friendships and to grow in God’s word.

(3rd Tuesday of the month)

GROWTH GROUPS

Meeting in people’s homes, growth groups often discuss the previous Sunday’s sermon, as we seek to learn how to live out the gospel. They are also a great way to get to know people and to provide pastoral support to one another.

(2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month

MEN’S AND LADIES PRAYER

If there is a 5th Tuesday in the month, we split into separate men’s and ladies’ prayer groups. We have found these to be incredibly uplifting evenings.

(5th Tuesday of the month)

Student Ministry

Over the past few years we have been very blessed to have a number of students join us. Even those only staying in Colchester for a short time can make a huge impact on the life of the church. We know that this year will look very different for all students at Essex Uni but we want you to know that we are here and ready to welcome you into our church family. Our church intern, Hannah, is particularly focussed on working with students. 

Watch our welcome video below.

Take part

Be part of a growing, gospel-believing church. Learn more about our great God and grow in your Christian faith.

Hospitality

As a church family, we love to offer food and hospitality, especially to students!

PREACHING SERIES

The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.” 1:1

Join with us in our morning services, as we explore the Gospel of Mark, examining the evidence for the life, death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. 

Who is Jesus?

“You are the Christ.” Mark 8:29

Prophet, Priest and King. Jesus is none other than God’s own beloved Son.

What does it mean to follow him?

“If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.” Mark 8:34

What did he come to do?

He came to suffer and to die on the cross, to forgive sins and reconcile the world to God.

PREACHING SERIES

We began 2020 by studying Paul’s epistle to the Colossians, in which we are told the secret to living full lives: “therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, 7 rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.” Colossians 2:7

Rooted

As Christian believers, our entire lives  must be rooted in the source of salvation: our Lord Jesus Christ.

Strengthened

As we grow in our faith we learn to lean on the Lord’s strength, not our own.

Built up

Our faith is built up by God’s word the bible, and dependence on the Holy Spirit

Overflowing

In response, we are overflowing with praise and thanksgiving to God for all that he has done for us.

Past Preaching Series

Catch up on some of our most recent preaching here

Selected Bible Verses

Parts of scripture that are very much on our hearts right now

Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.

Verse of the year 2020

Colossians 3:16 (NIV)

“Who do people say that I am?” 28 And they told him, “John the Baptist; and others say, Elijah; and others, one of the prophets.” 29 And he asked them, “But who do you say that I am?” Peter answered him, “You are the Christ.” 

Gospel of Mark 

Mark 8:28-29

For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory for ever. Amen.




God’s Sovereignty

Romans 12:36

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The Elders

The leadership team at PBC.

Peter Shirtcliffe

Lead Pastor

Peter trained as a graphic designer for the BBC, enjoys cycling and photography. Catherine works as an ultrasonographer.

Matthew Brabbs

Assistant Pastor

Matthew previously worked as a cabinet maker making bespoke furniture and kitchens. He is married to Joanna, who works as a singer and teacher.

Peter Tervet

Elder

Peter worked for BT and then as a Chief Executive of Christian charity, Pilgrim Homes. He’s now retired and he and his wife Jan sing in a local choir.

Justyn Calver

Elder

Justyn has a responsibility for the church buildings. He’s a bank manager. Justyn is married to Theresa.

Officers and Deacons

Supporting the Elders in the everyday running of the church

Simon Nobbs

Treasurer

Simon became treasurer of the church in 2020. Simon is married to Rosario.

Sharon Clayton

Administrator

Sharon is the Administrator of the church. Sharon is married to David.

Alan Roast

Practical Support

Alan provides support for many ministries of the church. He’s now retired and enjoys golf. Alan is married to Jean.

Les Clark

Finance team

Former treasurer of the church, Leslie continues to serve on the finance team. Having been a computer technician Leslie is now retired.

News and Events

What’s been happening recently at PBC

We’re about to run our first ever online Christianity Explored Courses on Zoom. Starting Wednesday 20th May, and running every Wednesday for 7 weeks. Adults course – Wednesdays – 3pm Children’s and Young People’s course – Wednesdays – 6pm If you can’t attend for whatever reason, […]
Thursday 19 March 2020 Dear Brothers and Sisters,   The Elders and have come to the decision that we should suspend all physical gatherings of the church.  We haven’t made this decision lightly, but by carefully considering the government/NHS advice and our responsibility to avoid spreading coronavirus. We […]
Week beginning Sunday 23 FebruaryConnect 3 Week (Meet up for fellowship, friendship, for prayer… Sunday 23 February10.30am Who Cares about Negative Emotions (Matthew Brabbs)6.00pm Col 2:11-12 Don’t be taken captive: Buried with Him, Raised with Him’ Tuesday 25 FebruaryGrowth Groups 1.30-3pm and 7.30pm Christianity Explored 7:30pm […]

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25-27 Prettygate Road

Colchester

Essex

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