St Mary's Church
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.
Gathered services are currently restricted due to Covid 19, but all services are streamed on zoom - more details below. The church is open each weekday for Private Prayer from 9am to 1pm - please follow the Social distancing and Covid guidelines - thank you.
Muddy Church Easter Trail
Join in with our QR Code Easter Trail in Hillhouse Woods from 29 March! Click here for more details and a link to a printable trail map and the QR codes. Paper copies of the map and trail activities are available from the church office weekdays 9am-12 noon (except bank holidays).
Easter Services at St Mary's
All are very welcome to join us for our services on Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Day. All services will be zoomed, but on Easter Day you can also attend in person. Click here for full details.
Finding a new Priest in Charge
Following the retirement of Rev. Dr. Mandy Elmes, the process has begun to find a new Priest in Charge. Please click here for more details.
At the current time, please contact the church administrator (details on the contact us page) with any enquiries.
Each Sunday - Holy Communion
This service is at 10am each week except on the fourth Sunday when the service is at 9.15am and for this service we will be using the Book of Common Prayer.
All services are currently via Zoom.
All are welcome to join us. Please contact the church office - firstname.lastname@example.org for the zoom joining details.
Second Sunday - Messy Church - 9.15 am
Messy Church is our all age service with fun, family-friendly activities and informal worship and songs.
This is currently also via zoom - please contact the church office for the details of the link to join us online.
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 also currently via zoom - please contact the church office for details of the link to join us online.
Wired Youth Group
Aged 11-18? Wired meets once a month on a Friday @ 7.45pm in the church hall - unfortunately this is currently on hold because of the current restrictions; details will be updated when the group can re-start.
Thursday Open House Coffee Mornings
Unfortunately our coffee mornings are currently on hold due to the current restrictions - details will be updated when we are able to meet again.
Thursday 5T's Club
(5Ts stands for Together on Thursdays for Tea at Two-Thirty!)
Unfortunately 5Ts is also on hold due to the current restrictions - details will be updated as soon as we are able to meet again.
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: https://www.churchofengland.org/more/safeguarding. Our Parish Safeguarding Officer is Gill Partridge who can be contacted via the church office on 01206 243683.
Events and News
Pattern of Sunday Morning Services
1st Sunday @ 9.30am - Communion Service
2nd Sunday @ 9.30am - Messy Church
3rd Sunday @ 11.15am - Communion Service
4th Sunday @ 9.30am - 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.
Services at Great Horkesley and Langham with Boxted
Mandy Elmes is also the Priest-in-Charge for the churches in Great Horkesley and Langham with Boxted. This means that she is not able to be with us in West Bergholt every Sunday.