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 see Church News in the column to the right 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
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 Church 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 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.
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