In pictures: Two Essex parishes
All Saints' Church in Chafford Hundred opened in 2008 and is a new church establishing itself at the heart of the community in the town near Grays
The church in St Osyth has many beautiful stained glass windows including one that shows the death of St Osyth. She had her head cut-off by Viking invaders and helped to establish the near by Priory
Revd Alex Gowing-Cumber is encouraging new people to join his congregation. The Sunday School at All Saints' is looking for new members during September
The church of St Peter and St Paul in St Osyth, the tower had a new bell installed in 2004. The annual flower show is coming up at the end of August, keeping the seaside parish busy
Revd Alex has 'blinged' the windows of All Saints' with a set of sticky tint sheets. The new additions stop the congregation from being blinded by the summer sun!
The churchyard at St Osyth is home to a flock of sheep, who help with keeping the grass down. The church in the village aims to be at the heart of the community and does this by having regular church services, the sheep get awaken at 8am on a Sunday!
The garden is starting to take shape at the back of All Saints' church in Chafford Hundred. Young people from, different local groups are helping to put the garden together - a little different from the sheep at St Osyth!
During the interregnum, retired vicars Revd Tony Pugsley and Revd Heather Connell are taking the services until a new person can be found for the role of vicar at St Peter and St Paul in St Osyth
Katia Cumber is Revd Alex's wife and helps out in the cafe at All Saints'. She also sings in a choir that is recording a CD of choral music
Mark Roberts (R) a local historian talks about the history of the Church of St Peter and St Paul in St Osyth. The church is over 900-years-old