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 each weekday for Private Prayer from 9am to 3pm - please follow the Social distancing and Covid guidelines - thank you.

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.

First & Third Sundays - Holy Communion or Morning Worship Services

Our Holy Communion or Morning Worship Services are now on the first and third Sundays and are Gathered Services as well as online via Zoom. For July the services will be:

10am on 4 July (Holy Communion) and

11.15am on 18 July (Morning Worship)

All are welcome to join us. Please contact the church office - lwb.gb.gh.parishes@gmail.com to attend or 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.

The next service is on 8 August and this will be a Gathered Outdoors Service

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 - please contact the church office - lwb.gb.gh.parishes@gmail.com to attend

All are welcome to join us.

Each Tuesday - Morning Prayer - 9am

All are welcome to join in this service of Morning Prayer via Zoom.

Please contact the church office - lwb.gb.gh.parishes@gmail.com for the zoom joining details.

Wired Youth Group

Aged 11-18? Wired meets once a month on a Friday @ 7.45pm in the church hall - this has been on hold but more details will be updated shortly as to 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.

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: 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

Church Diary

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.

How to find us