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.


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.


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.

Introducing our new
home groups.

Five short courses to help you grow in your Christian faith.

New courses start beginning of February and will run for a few weeks. If you’ve never engaged with our midweek groups before then this is a fantastic chance to start. 


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.


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.


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)


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)


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


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.


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


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.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

Sharon Clayton


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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01206 560310


25-27 Prettygate Road




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Our church is entirely financed by the generous giving of our members. Many already give regularly through standing order of direct debit, but we also provide the option to make one-off payments online.

Home Groups 2021

A choice of five short courses to help you grow in your Christian faith.

Living Christianity

Living Christianity consists of 5 studies, each lasting just over an hour. It’s aimed at groups and individuals who want to be equipped to engage our contemporary world. Led by Peter Shirtcliffe.


Bible Toolkit

Don’t know where to start when studying the Bible? Perhaps you just need the right set of tools! Starting from absolute basics, this course aims to give you some really helpful tools to aid in your personal bible study. Based on the book “Dig Deeper” by Nick Beynon and Andrew Sach

Led by Matthew Brabbs

The Generosity project

Learn, pray and work together to become the big-hearted people God calls us to be. Led by Hannah Wood

Generosity project website

The Chosen

If you’d rather not get involved in another Zoom meeting then we have an option for you too. Each week we will be hosting a watch party of the tv phenomenon The Chosen.

That means you can watch on your own at home at the same time as each other and discuss the show via text.

The Power to change

Do you believe you can actually change? Life change happens at the moment you begin a relationship with Jesus. You have been rescued. But what happens when daily temptations and distractions from following Jesus leave you feeling overwhelmed and stuck in the same discouraging patterns? There is no checklist to follow, but there is a daily act of surrender to a God who will continue to mold and shape you. The more you know God, the more you can live like him.