Welcome to the Church of St Botolph

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


 ‘Worship Services Resume 

  As the lockdown restrictions are eased, regular services at St Botolph’s are now taking place again, following the requirements and guidance of the Government and the Church of England.  

 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.   

 Sunday services are usually at 9.30 am, and Morning Prayer on Tuesdays takes place at 8.30 am. See details of forthcoming services on the right of this page and below.

 Access for private prayer can be arranged by appointment by contacting Janice Snell (01233 892338). We regret that the church is not currently open for general visiting.  

 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, or by emailing paula.greatford@btinternet.com    

Please also contact Paula if you would like to be added to the distribution list of the weekly Bulletin giving further details  of the week’s services and Zoom/Youtube links where appropriate.  


 All our Sunday services this month are at 9.30 pm. Please note that we are still having to operate under COVID restrictions on social distancing, so prior booking is required for some services. Please remember your mask!

 Sunday 6 June                         FAMILY SERVICE: what stops us doing the things we know we should do?

 Sunday 13 June                       HOLY COMMUNION – Book of Common Prayer

 Sunday 20 June                       HOLY COMMUNION – Common Worship. This service will include prayers of blessing and thanksgiving for the marriage of Charli Batley and Rob Howes. Prior booking required please to make the best use of our limited seating

 Sunday 27 June                       HOLY COMMUNION – Common Worship – Paula’s last service at Hadstock. Prior booking required please to make the best use of our limited seating

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

 To book where needed, or to receive the weekly email Worship Bulletin with details of service sheets, please contact Paula on 01799 599141

For the time being services are still held under COVID restrictions on social distancing. Booking may therefore be required for some services. Please remember your face mask.  

To book where needed, or to receive the weekly email Worship Bulletin with details of  services , Zoom links,  and service sheets, please contact Paula.

Hadstock PCC, May 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   


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  


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. 

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