St Nicholas' Kelvedon Hatch

Welcome to St Nicholas' Kelvedon Hatch

Vision Statement:

'God calls us to be followers of Jesus Christ and by the power of the Holy Spirit to reflect God's healing and hope'

Although the church is located on the edge of the village, St Nicholas' aims to be at the heart of the village community.  Sunday services attract on average a congregation of between 30 and 40 people and use the Church of England's service book 'Common Worship' on most Sundays. So the services have a clear structure but are warm and friendly in style. The worship is led by a robed choir and embraces both traditional and contemporary hymns. Once a month (on the second Sunday of the month, usually) there is a Family Service. There is tea and coffee served after every service and most people stay for this and enjoy meeting and talking to each other. Families within the community regularly bring their children to be baptised in church. For special services at various times of the year like Christmas, Mothering Sunday, Easter and Harvest the church is packed with people of all ages.

 

There is a midweek Holy Communion Service every Thursday at 10.00 am in the church, followed by tea and coffee in the Fane Hall. The attendance at this service is increasing.


On the first Tuesday evening of every month members of the church meet for bible study and on the third Tuesday evening of the month there is a prayer meeting.


The St Nicholas Centenary Fund was set up in 1996 to help people living in Kelvedon Hatch.

One aim is to relieve hardship for those who find themselves in financial difficulties.

It also aims to promote the education and training of children and adults.

To get an application form please contact the Secretary on 01277 374537 rose.gorton@btinternet.com or click on this text


The church was built in 1895 and is listed as being of special historical interest. Its architecture is recognized to be a fine example of the Arts and Crafts movement. Until the 20th century the church was located about two miles to the north of the present village in the grounds of Kelvedon Hall. By the late 19th century the centre of gravity of the village had shifted southwards and it was agreed to build a new church within the village. Work commenced in 1894 and the building was consecrated in 1895. To find out more about the history of Kelvedon Hatch Church and Village go to: www.historyhouse.co.uk
  
Members of the Church are actively involved in the local community taking communion to the residential homes at Dudbrook House and Howard Lodge and running a weekly lunch club for the elderly.
  
We have good links with Kelvedon Hatch County Primary School. Since September 2007 teams of church members take one assembly each week following the scheme set up by 'Open the Book'. Bible stories are dramatised using the Lion Storyteller Bible as a basis. The Rector also takes assemblies in the school and sometimes visits individual classes at the teacher's request. The whole school comes to St Nicholas' for a service once per term.
  
St Nicholas' has a thriving Mother's Union branch which amongst other things organises 'Travelling Cribs' which visit many village homes during Advent, helping to explain the true meaning of Christmas.
  
St Nicholas' is fortunate in having the Fane Hall (a church hall adjacent to the church) which is used for church functions and can be hired out by groups or organisations (tel 01277 374189
for bookings).
 
Every two years St Nicholas' organizes a flower festival to raise funds for the upkeep of the church. The 2015 festival was so successful that we were able to give 50% of the money raised to two local charities. Associated with the flower festival is an event held on the weekend before Christmas when the church is decorated for Christmas. In 2016 this took the form of 'Christmas Stories'. 
 

 

Pattern of Services

1st Sunday in the month

11.00 am

Holy Communion

2nd Sunday

11.00 am

Family Service

3rd Sunday

11.00 am

Holy Communion

4th Sunday

11.00 am

Morning Prayer

5th Sunday

11.00 am

Theme Service

 

Thursdays

 

10.00 am

 

Holy Communion


Churchwardens:

Mrs Val Fulcher (01277 260617)

Mr Christopher Jardine (01277 373816) 





 

Lay Readers:

Mr David Grant 

Mrs Yvonne Jones