Welcome to the Church of St Botolph

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


COVID19 UPDATE – We are planning a series of services over March and April. A calendar of events can be found here. Note these will be subject to Government and CofE guidance.

Hadstock PCC joins the nation in expressing its sorrow at the death of HRH the Duke of Edinburgh. His dedication to the country, the Queen, and his personal faith and achievements over his long life have been an inspiration to many.
Special prayers will be said at the services in Hadstock church on Sunday 11 and 18 April.
Given the COVID pandemic, and in accordance with general advice being issued, we request that any tributes should take the form of charity donations (not flowers).
An online book of condolence is available on the Church of England website www.churchofengland.org 


 ‘Worship Services Resume


As the lockdown restrictions are eased, we hope to be able to meet in the church in accordance with the requirements of the Government and the Church of England.


St Botolph’s has assessed all the steps needed to enable services to resume safely and began services at the beginning of August. A risk assessment and guidance document on attendance are available by following the links. The Saffron Walden and Villages Team Ministry is continuing to provide a range of ways to enable worship at home. These include an on-line Zoom service, 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 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 




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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