About Us

The ministry team and church members seek to serve the people of the Parish of Greenstead St Anne in numerous ways.

The Ministry TeamAmazing WomenBreakfast ChurchChild Contact Centre St Matthew’s Church, Harwich RoadColchester FoodbankResidential HomesSchools WorkHiring our Centres

The Ministry Team

Name Role Telephone / Mobile Email
Revd Sue Howlett Team Vicar (Pioneer) 01206 510732 07305 759679 [email protected]
Revd Dr Philip Howlett Associate Priest 01206 510732 [email protected]
Terry Gray Lay Minister 01206 851374
Ros Banham Pastoral Assistant 01206 851374 [email protected]
Steve Ball Pastoral Assistant 07763 489575

Amazing Women

A social group that meet on the first Wednesday of the month at St Matthews Church Harwich Road from 8:00 until 9:30pm.

The events programme includes country dance, crafts, speakers, games evenings and an annual meal out.

Telephone Jennie on 01206 866442 for more information.


There are no upcoming events.

Charitable Giving

This year we are supporting the Contact Centre set up here at St. Matthews in 1996. The centre offers a safe, neutral place where children can have contact with a parent or a relative they no longer see, due to a relationship breakdown.

Since 2001 we have raised £4,637.10 for 34 different charities.


We pay just £1.50 each per evening. You will receive a raffle ticket, tea or coffee and a biscuit. The subs paid are used for the hire of St Matthews and for our occasional expenses.

Please come and join us and why not bring a friend?

Breakfast Church

When? On the SECOND Saturday of every month

What time? From 8.30am until around 9.30am

Where? St Matthew’s Church, Harwich Road

What’s on the menu? Well bacon butties for one thing or you can enjoy the healthier option of cereal! Tea and coffee, and Orange Juice served too.

What do you do there? About 14 of us eat together and share what we’ve been up to in the week. We then have a short prayer before having a look at a Bible passage together (we’ve gone back to the beginning and we have been working our way through parts of Genesis). We then chat in small groups about what this might mean to us now and how we can allow God’s image to grow in us. Often there are more questions than answers but we have enjoyed learning from one another. We then finish with a prayer.

Everyone is welcome-all ages and all stages. Come and listen, come and eat, come and learn more about the Christian journey with those who are walking that path too. This is a great chance to explore God’s Word in a relaxed, friendly and open way.

Child Contact Centre St Matthew’s Church, Harwich Road

We are the only contact centre covering North Essex and we offer a safe neutral meeting place where children can have contact with the parent or relative they no longer see due to a relationship breakdown.  We also offer an impartial service within a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.

The most important people at the Centre are the children and their needs are paramount.  Our Contact Centre aims to make the contact session an enjoyable time for the child by providing age appropriate toys and equipment and encouraging interactive play with the non-resident parent or relative.  The Contact Centre is run by trained volunteers and staff who facilitate the contact by organising the sessions and ensuring that parents who do not wish to meet can remain separate while children are taken to see the visiting parent or relative.

Our Contact Centre provides families with a space to begin re-building relationships with their children.  We take referrals, organise pre-visits, set up the contact and facilitate separate arrival and departure times where necessary.   We support parents and relatives to enjoy quality time with their children without taking sides or becoming involved in legal battles.  We encourage families to begin communicating so that they can eventually move on and make their own arrangements when things have settled down.

We are able to provide a stepping stone until the relationship between children and parents or relatives has been restored sufficiently to be able to sort out contact more amicably.  We can ensure that children maintain the relationship with their non-resident parent while legal issues are sorted out.  We also provide a free service for people who would otherwise not be able to afford to go through a solicitor or court.

To find out more or to speak to the Contact Centre Team please use the details below:

Carrie Potts:  Tel: 07941 821688 or email:   [email protected]

Colchester Foodbank


What’s the history?

During 2008 a number of folk started to think through and discussa way to respond to the gresh challenges presented by the Credit Crunch here in Colchester. A ‘Foodbank’ for Colchester has now been formed  that specifically supports families and indviduals that have suddenly found themselves in need.

What is the food bank?


The foodbank provides parcels of food in times of financial or emotional crisis. Each parcel is sufficient to tide people over for 2/3 days (often the duraion before grants kick in). This may be linked to support such as deby counselling and advice on seeking long term advice.

Who is helped?

Vouchers are given to registered care professionals (Social services, Health Visitors, Pastoral workers, etc) and then be given toclients to be exchanged for food at our distribution point at the Colchester Borough Council Customer Services Center at angel Court, High Street Colchester.

How is it be organised?

The method  of organisation is linked with the Trussell Trust, an organisation whose network supports Food Banks in over 30 towns and cities across the UK. the trust has an established management model and offers consultancy, marketing and network support. Look at www.colchester.foodbank.org

Residential Homes

We work with these residential homes.

The Haven

The Haven 84
Harwich Road

The Haven Website

Five Fields Court

The Centre,
Greenstead Estate,

Enoch House

Hawthorn Avenue,

Schools Work

We serve as school governors, take school assemblies, welcome schools to our churches and encourage school participation at festival times.

Roach Vale Primary

Roach Vale,


Hazelmere Infant School And Nursery

Hawthorne Avenue,
C04 3JP


Hazelmere Junior School

Hawthorne Avenue,
C04 3JP


Willow Brook Primary School and Nursery

Barnardiston Road


Colchester Academy

Hawthorn Avenue


Parsons Heath Church Of England VC Primary School

Parsons Heath C of E (VC) Primary School
Templewood Road


Unity Primary Academy

Hickory Avenue,


Hiring our Centres

Should you be interested in hiring one of our centres then please phone 01206 862693 for more details.