We hope you will find all the information you need on our website, whether you are thinking of visiting us, or are already a member of our church community. We strive to create places of Christian faith and worship in our two beautiful church buildings; St Martin's in Ongar Town Centre which was built nearly 1000 years ago and St Peter's which was built in Victorian times in the fields beyond Shelley.

An important element in our reaching out to our local community is making the church building available each day for those who wish to visit for whatever reason. St Martin's in Chipping Ongar High Street is open every day from morning to dusk (please click on the poster in the column to the right of this page for Service Times and Private Prayers). With our brothers and sisters in the Roman Catholic and United Reformed Churches and other Anglican churches in the area, we form Churches Together in Ongar and we work closely with other churches in the Epping & Ongar Deanery.    

Our Pattern of Worship 

Part of the Church of England and the diocese of Chelmsford, our worship is mainstream Anglican.

St Martin’s church is now open for public worship every Sunday at 10.30am. Unfortunately, for the time being, numbers will still need to be restricted so please email Sue King at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephone her on 01277 362723 in the week before the service if you know you would like to attend.

Please continue to wear a face covering unless you have a legitimate reason for not doing so.

Something new on the first Sunday of each month starting with the 10.30 worship on 2nd May is an all-age service which will be geared especially for children as well as adults. Please also let Sue King know in advance if you would like to come to that. In addition, St Martin’s remains open for private prayer on Sundays (from 12noon) and Wednesdays (from 10am) until 3pm. 

Please click here for further updates and church news.

Should you need to speak to someone in these difficult times do please contact our Rector, Reverend Noelle Taylor (01277 362173). God bless x

Visitors, Tourists & Pilgrims

We love to welcome visitors, tourists and those seeking something more spiritual and if, when you have browsed the website, you would like to find out more, please telephone us on 01277 366315 or come along to one of our services and ask the sidesperson to introduce you to our Rector or the churchwardens.


Children are welcomed to all our services. We believe that they are not only the church of the future, but an important part of the church today. For younger children we can provide 'pew bags' and a separate space with toys and books for 'time out' if this should prove necessary. In addition, in our Children & Families section you will find details of our regular services and events especially devised with children and families in mind.




We are committed to ensuring that St Martin's Chipping Ongar and St Peter's Shelley is a safe place for all.  For further information, please go to our Safeguarding page. 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 Lisa Wickstead, who may be contacted at church or by email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Life's Great Events

We are here for you at all times of life. For details about weddings, christenings, adult baptisms, being confirmed and funerals click on  I want to or speak to our Rector, Reverend Noelle Taylor (01277 362173).



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