Welcome to the Church of St Botolph

Welcome to the website for the church of St Botolph in Hadstock.

 

COVID19 UPDATE

‘Preparing to reopen’

Following the gradual easing of lockdown restrictions, churches will be permitted to open again for public worship after 4 July, provided that they can do so safely in accordance with the requirements of the Government and the Church of England.
 
St Botolph’s is currently assessing all the steps needed to enable services to resume safely, including the timing of outstanding building works. We greatly look forward to reopening for worship as soon as it is possible and practicable to do so.
 
Meanwhile, the Saffron Walden and Villages Team Ministry is continuing to provide a range of ways to enable worship at home. These include a weekly service sheet and Grapevine (giving Bible readings).
 

You can find these on the Church at Home page of the website of St Mary’s Saffron Walden   www.stmaryssaffronwalden.org, or by emailing paula.greatford@btinternet.com  

You can use them:

  • for your own prayers at home or with your family
  • to follow the online service being produced every week on the St Mary’s website 
  • to take part live in a service every Sunday morning hosted by Zoom led by Paula or other members of the Team Ministry – the Zoom link will be sent round every Friday. Please email Paula paula.greatford@btinternet.com if you would like to be added to the distribution list.

 If you would like to talk to someone from the church, please ring: The Reverend Paula Griffiths, Priest at Hadstock, 01799 599141

Hadstock PCC, March 2020

 

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

 

Services

‘All public services are suspended until further notice’.

In normal circumstances our standard pattern is as below:

 

You are very welcome at any of our services. Sunday Services normally take place at 9.30 a.m. The standard pattern is:

 

1st Sunday                           Family Service

 

2nd Sunday                         Holy Communion (said) using the 1662 Book of Common Prayer

 

3rd and 4th Sundays         Holy Communion (Common Worship) with hymns

 

There are no services on 5th Sundays.

 

We hold a Café Church quarterly and meet in the adjacent Village Hall.

 

Morning Prayer

 

Morning Prayer is a service held at 8.30 a.m. on Tuesdays.

 

The service lasts about 20 minutes and is followed by refreshments and time to chat.

 

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