The Benefice of Bentley Common, Kelvedon Hatch and Navestock

Three different churches worshipping one God

Welcome to the website of the Benefice of St Paul's Bentley Common, St Nicholas' Kelvedon Hatch and St Thomas' Navestock. The three churches are located in a pleasant semi-rural area of Essex between Brentwood and Chipping Ongar. The website contains a lot of information about the three churches and will give you a flavour of the spiritual life here. We hope you will find the information you are looking for and maybe even visit us. You will be very welcome. All three churches are open to the general public every day from about 9.30am until 5.00pm for quiet prayer and reflection. You can leave prayer requests and sign the visitors' book.

We are committed to Safeguarding Children, Young People, Victims/perpetrators of domestic abuse and vulnerable adults.
The PCC's have adopted the Church of England's policies and best practice on safeguarding which may be found on the Church of England's website

Parish Officers: 
St Paul's             Pam Biddulph          01277 364927 
St Nicholas'        Rosemary Gorton    01277 374537
St Thomas'        Jan Savill                  01708 688649

 We are currently without a vicar - we are in Interregnum  and we       await a new appointment to the Benefice.

Please contact a churchwarden of the particular church you have an enquiry about.   For enquiries about weddings, please contact:

 Karen Webb after 6pm on 07568 084575 

Administration for the Benefice is still being undertaken at the  Rectory.  All correspondence should be sent to the address below:     

The Rectory

2 Church Road

Kelvedon Hatch


Essex. CM14 5TJ

01277 373486

To contact the Benefice Administrator,

Mrs Carol Tomsett:

On Thursdays only between 9.00 a.m. and 1.00 p.m.

01277 373486

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Verse of the Week

"Abide in me as I abide in you. Just as the branch cannot bear fruit by itself unless it abides in the vine, neither can you unless you abide in me. I am the vine. You are the branches." 

John 15.4

Prayer of the Week

O God our protector, by whose mercy the world turns safely into darkness and returns again to light; we give into your hands our unfinished tasks, our unsolved problems and our unfulfilled hopes; for you alone are our sure defence and bring us lasting peace in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


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To book a wedding or a christening at any of the three churches or to mark another important occasion in your life, please contact the Rector (contact details opposite.)