Temporary Closure of St Martin's & St Peter's Churches
Following the Prime Minister’s announcement of 23rd March, the Archbishops have written to clergy in support of the measures, requiring that churches must now close both for private worship and public services.
Our church buildings are therefore now closed for public worship, private prayer and all other meetings and activities except for vital community services until further notice.
But we are still alive and active! We have a number of tools for worship, bible study and devotion at home and you can find these on our website. Click on "Resources for Home Worship" and this will take you to further pages including Sunday Readings, Reflections from the Rector, Prayers and Prayer & Worship Resources. All of these will assist you in worship and prayer at home and we hope to develop the pages further in the near future.
Should you need to speak to someone, please don't hesitate to telephone 01277362173
29th March 2020
A message from our Rector - Reverend Noelle Taylor
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. 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.
At St Martin's, there is usually a communion service every Sunday either at 8 am or 10.30 am. Morning Worship (non-communion) normally takes place once a month at 10.30 am. In addition there is a Communion Service at 10 am on Wednesdays. Morning Prayer takes place most weekday mornings at 9 am (Please contact our Rector Noelle Taylor for details of this).
At St Peter's, there is usually an afternoon service on the 2nd Sunday monthly at either 3 pm in Winter or 4 pm in Summer and a Communion Service at 8.45 am on the 5th Sunday of the month.You can find details of services and events in the current week on our Events Page
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 362173 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 Safeguarding Children, Young People, Victims/perpetrators of Domestic Abuse and Vulnerable Adults. 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.
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, Noelle Taylor on 01277 362173