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.

Verse of the Year 2021


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.


We would love you to join us in our midweek activities. Please ask any of the team if you are interested in joining a life group.


Meeting in people’s homes, life 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.

We will begin life groups on 5th & 6th October 2021 at 7:30pm.

(1st and 3rd Tuesday or Wednesday of the month)


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

Our gatherings would alternate between online and in-person meets at 7:30pm.

(2nd and 4th Tuesday 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.

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 incomparable opening to the greatest sermon ever preached – Jesus’s Sermon on the Mount.

With Pastor Peter Shirtcliffe


What does it mean to live as God’s people in a hostile land? That was the question for the Israelites in exile in Daniel’s day, and it is the very same question for Christian believers today. We are merely strangers and sojourners in this land; our true home is in eternity with God. So how do we live faithfully as Christians today?

with Pastor Matthew Brabbs

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. His wife, 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.

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.

Jenny Dorward

Pastoral team

Jenny heads the pastoral team which seeks to provide support to those in the church. Jenny is married to John.

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, […]
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 […]
From Thurs 5th March we will be restarting our preaching course, with module 2 of the Proclamation Trust’s ‘Equipped to Preach’ series. Last time it was a brilliant time of fellowship and growing together in our knowledge of the Lord and our passion to reach people […]

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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.