Some of you will have come to this very special service in the past and appreciated the opportunity to remember loved ones who have died. There may be many more who would like to mark the death of someone this year. We are unable to run our usual service because of the infection risk but so long as we have not gone into a local lock down this is what we will be doing this year:

St Martin’s will be open 1pm until 5pm on Sunday 1st November. There will be opportunity to:

  • Write the name of your loved ones on a card and pin it on a special board (which will stay in church until the end of November)
  • Sit quietly and just be
  • Light a memorial candle

There will be a priest present all afternoon who will happily pray for you if you wish and leave you alone if you don’t. I do hope this will in a small way enable those who grieve, whether their loss is of long duration or a more recent one, to access some of the comfort God offers to all who mourn.

Ongar Primary School are creating this special Remembrance Day memorial to be sited at St Peter’s Church, Shelley, but need your help with ‘poppy’ donations please.
Below is the link on how to make one. And Nicky needs to have them at the school by OCTOBER 22nd. Many thanks 

St Martin's Church is open for Sunday Services and also Private Prayer!

We are now holding Sunday services at 10.30am. Numbers will be slightly restricted so please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephone 01277 366315 in the week before the service if you know you would like to attend. In accordance with the Government’s regulations please wear a face covering unless you have a legitimate reason for not doing so.
And the church will now be open for Private Prayer at the following times:
Sunday 12pm-5pm
Thursday 9am - 2pm
At all times, please ensure that you adhere to the notices displayed, including directions for entry/exit, need to sanitize hands with gel provided, and social distancing.
We look forward to welcoming you! God bless x

We also 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 01277 366315

16th July 2020

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 (but please see the top of this page for the current situation during Covid 19). 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 (please read the top of this page for the temporary arrangements during Covid 19)

 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 (please read the top of this page for temporary arrangements durinng Covid 19)

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 Curate 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.


Our Parish Safeguarding Officer is Jenny Moss, 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 Curate, Jane Quinton on 01277 366315