Welcome to the Church of St Botolph


Our church is now open again daily between (9:00am – 4:00pm) for private prayer. With a proud history going back a thousand years, we are pleased to be able to welcome visitors once again. 

Sunday services take place on the first and third Sundays of the month at 9.00am and Morning Prayer Tuesdays at 8.30am most weeks. See details of forthcoming services on the right of this page and below. 

St. Botolph’s has assessed all the steps needed to enable services to take place in a COVID-secure way. A risk assessment and guidance document on attendance are available by following the links.     The Saffron Walden and Villages Team Ministry is continuing to ensure that there is a wide range of ways in which people can access worship across the 12 churches of the Team. These include services in church; on-line Zoom or YouTube services, a weekly service sheet and Grapevine (giving Bible readings).   

 You can find these on the Church and Online Services page of the website of St Mary’s Saffron Walden   www.stmaryssaffronwalden.org 

SERVICES AT ST BOTOLPH’S:Following the lifting of legal restrictions, we are following church guidance and retaining some social distancing, but prior booking is not required. Face coverings are also not required.

Morning Prayer takes place in the church each Tuesday at 8.30 am.

To receive the weekly email Worship Bulletin with details of service sheets please contact the Parish Office in the first instance –  01799 506024


Sunday 5th May                           Christening Service (10:30), led by Paula Griffiths

Sunday 12th May                         No service at St. Botolph’s

Sunday 19th May                         Home Team Service. Cancelled

Sunday 26th May                         No service at St. Botolph’s.


Sunday 2nd June                          Holy Communion (9:00am), led by Andy Colebrooke

.Sunday 9th June                          No service at St. Botolph’s

Sunday 16th June                        Home Team Service (9:00) Led by Charli and Martin.

Sunday 23rd June                        No service at St. Botolph’s

Sunday 30th June                        No service at St. Botolph’s

Hadstock PCC, 2021    

St Botolph’s is the parish church in the village of Hadstock in north west Essex. We seek to be a living church at the heart of this village community, sharing God’s love and gaining closer to Christ in worship and providing a place where all may find space and solace. See PCC Millennium vision here.    

Ours is a historic church where the Christian faith has been celebrated for over 1000 years. Indeed in 2020 we are celebrating 1000 years since the Danish King Cnut [Canute] founded a church on the site of the Battle of Assandun, where he defeated the Saxon forces in 1016, in memory of the souls who had died in the conflict  – which many scholars consider is Hadstock Church. See details of our programme on the Millennium page.    

We are one of the 12 churches within the Saffron Walden and Villages Team Ministry, within the Diocese of Chelmsford.   https://www.stmaryssaffronwalden.org/Groups/313043/About_Us.aspx    

We hope that on this website you will find something of interest to encourage you to visit us in person. In normal circumstances the church is open most days between 10 am and 4 pm, welcoming villagers and visitors to a quiet space for prayer and meditation or to enjoy its historic calm and beauty.    

 May God be with you on your journey.    

Volunteers help the PCC to run the church, keep it clean, provide and arrange flowers, take part in services, play the organ, bell ringing, look after the grounds, and much more. The  Friends of St Botolph’s also support the Church building.   

The PCC has adopted the Church of England’s policies and best practice on safeguarding. For more information and for details of our Parish Safeguarding Representative, please see the Safeguarding page   


Usual Service Pattern    

You are very welcome at any of our services. Sunday Services normally take place at 9.00 a.m. The standard pattern is: 

1st Sunday                           Family Service   

3rd Sunday                          Holy Communion (Common Worship) with hymns   

There are no services on 2nd, 4th and 5th Sundays but services are available at Asdon.   


Morning Prayer    

Morning Prayer is a service held at 8.30 a.m. on Tuesdays. The service lasts about 20 minutes.  


Find Us

Our page on the National Churches Trust website has visitor information. Please click here.