St Mary's Church

West Bergholt

A warm welcome to St Mary's, West Bergholt.

St Mary's is a small but lively Church of England community in the Essex village of West Bergholt. We seek to share the heart of God with the heart of the community, through joining with people in their spiritual journey. We do this through accessible worship, opportunities to learn together and to serve in God's strength and with His guidance.

The church is open Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays for Private Prayer from 9am to 3pm - please follow the Social distancing and Covid guidelines - thank you.

January Services at St Mary's

Sunday 23 January @ 10.00am - Praise on 4 Service at St Mary's, coffee and snacks served from 9.45am

Sunday 30 January @ 10.00am - Leaving Service for Jo Jeffery at St Mary's Church in Langham CO4 5PS

We would be grateful if you could please wear a face covering if possible. For zoom details, please contact the church office on

Home Groups restart on Tuesday 18 January, with a mixture of gathered and zoom options. For more details please visit the Home Groups page.

Our new Priest in Charge

We are pleased to be able to formally announce the good news that, the Revd Heather Wilcox has been appointed as Priest in Charge of West Bergholt with Great Horkesley, Langham with Boxted, and Wormingford & Mount Bures with Little Horkesley.

Heather was previously the Team Rector for the Long Stratton and Pilgrim Team Ministry and Rural Dean of the Depwade Deanery in the Diocese of Norwich. She worked in nursing for 15 years prior to her ordination in 2008. Married to Geraint and with two grown up children, Megan and Luke, and a dog, Benji, Heather enjoys spending time with the family, taking walks and being creative.

Heather was licensed to the six parishes by Bishop Roger in a special service at St Andrew's, Wormingford on 11 November.

First & Third Sundays - Holy Communion or Morning Worship Services

Our Holy Communion or Morning Praise Services are now on the first and third Sundays and are Gathered Services as well as online via Zoom.

For December the services will be:

10am on 5 December (Holy Communion) - Gathered and Zoom

11.15am on 19 December (Holy Communion) - Gathered and Zoom

Please contact the church office - for the zoom joining details.

Second Sunday - Messy Church - 10am

Messy Church is our all age service with fun, family-friendly activities and informal worship and songs.

Please note that there will be no Messy Church in November - we look forward to welcoming everyone back for a Messy Church Christmas on 12 December

Fourth Sunday - Cafe Church - 10am*

On the 4th Sunday of the month @ 10am we meet for informal worship & a short talk with separate activities for children.

This is now a Gathered Service and all are welcome

Coffee and biscuits will be served before the service from 9.45am.

Each Tuesday - Morning Prayer - 9am

All are welcome to join in this service of Morning Prayer

Please contact the church office - for details.

Wired Youth Group

Aged 11-18? Wired meets once a month on a Friday @ 7.45pm in the church hall.

Thursday Open House Coffee Mornings

Starting again from 9 September - meeting 9am-11am (term time) - all are welcome.

Thursday 5T's Club

(5Ts stands for Together on Thursdays for Tea at Two-Thirty!)

This will be restarting on 9 September - all are welcome!

Caring for our Churchyard at St Mary's

Please click here to view leaflet for St Mary's Churchyard guidelines.

Please click here to view the General Churchyard Regulations Handbook.

Safeguarding Policy

We are committed to safeguarding children, young people, vulnerable adults and victims/perpetrators of domestic abuse. The PCC has adopted the Church of England's policies and best practice on safeguarding which may be found on the Church of England's website: Our Parish Safeguarding Officer is Gill Partridge who can be contacted via the church office on 01206 243683.

Events and News

Church Diary

Pattern of Sunday Morning Services

1st Sunday @ 10am - Communion Service

2nd Sunday @ 10am - Messy Church

3rd Sunday @ 11.15am - Communion Service

4th Sunday @ 10am - Praise on 4 Cafe Church

5th Sunday - Joint 3 Parishes Service at either West Bergholt, Great Horkesley, Langham or Boxted Churches

This pattern varies at Easter & Christmas time & on Remembrance Sunday - please check on the separate Christmas and Easter Services page for more details.

How to find us