Welcome to All Saints' and St. John's Churches, Great Horkesley
  All Saints'       St John's

Our Priest-in-Charge = Rev Dr Amanda (Mandy) Elmes
Tel: 01206 240906, mob: 07872 649967

Our Church Administrator = Mrs Liz Dixon
Based in the Parish Office at St Mary's Church, West Bergholt
Tel: 01206 243683
Usual Office Opening Times:
9am - 1pm on Mon, Tues, Thurs & Fri

For enquiries regarding Baptisms & Weddings please contact Rev Mandy Elmes or the Church Administrator.
For enquiries regarding funerals, please contact Rev Mandy Elmes.

Sunday Services for October & Nov 2018

21 Oct - 10am Morning Praise at St John's
28 October - 8am BCP Communion & 11.15am Service 4 All at All Saints'
4 Nov - 10am Morning Praise at St John's
11 Nov - 10.45am Remembrance Service at All Saints' & 6pm Storytime Club at the New Village Hall
18 Nov - 10am Morning Praise at St John's
25 Nov - 8am BCP Communion & 11.15am Service 4 All at All Saints'

Please note new time of 10am for services at St John's!
Please see the What's On Page for full details of services up to the end of December 2018.


Churchyard Autumn Clear-up at All Saints' - Saturday 20th October from 9.30am onwards
Volunteer help is always needed to keep the churchyard tidy. If you value and appreciate the churchyard, why not come and help with the clear up? Please bring own tools; refreshments provided. Details from john.mehen@gmail.com 01206 271653.

Service 4 All - Sunday 28 October @ 11.15am at All Saints' Church
A family-friendly service for all ages which includes a short talk or activity and uplifting worship songs and prayers. All are welcome, especially visitors and anyone trying church for the first time.

Storytime Club - Sunday 11 November @ 6pm in the New Village Hall

 next Storytime Club will be on Sunday 11 November @ 6pm in the new village hall, Great Horkesley - a song, a story and a prayer for 0-7 year olds and their families,followed by hot 
chocolate & marshmallows. 

Quiz Night at the New Village Hall - Friday 9th November @ 7pm
Following the success of last year's Quiz night, we are doing it all again this year! Teams of up to 6, bring your own drinks, fish & chip supper optional. This is a fund raiser to support our families' worker. To enter a team contact Lesley on 01206 271576 or John Mehen on 01206 271653 john.mehen@gmail.com

Remembrance Service - Sun 11 Nov @ 10.45am at All Saints' Church
A service to remember those who gave their lives in two world wars and in modern day conflicts.

Updates on recent events:

An Evening with Bats on 21st September at All Saints'
Lots of people came along to our evening with bats. Although the windy conditions were not good for the bats, we are grateful to members of the Essex Bat Group who showed us 2 captive bats and gave us some information on the bats' habitat. Thank you to all the scouts who supported the event.

Harvest Weekend Events - Sat 22 & Sun 23 September
The Harvest Supper on 22 September was well supported and after a lovely meal of chilli and jacket potatoes followed by a selection of home-made pies and crumbles we rounded off the evening with some traditional poems and readings. A raffle helped with the fund raising and the proceeds were divided between the Village Hall and the Church Harvest Appeal 
in aid of St Andrew's Theological College in Kenya (which our church has had a connection with since 1974).

The Harvest Parade on 23 September was a lively service which helped us to focus on the wonderful world God has created for us and how we must look after it.
As a result of the weekend a car load of groceries was donated to Colchester Foodbank and £278 was donated to St Andrew's College in Kenya.

Fun 4 Families - craft, worship & food at Bishop William Ward School

Tuesdays, twice each term, 5pm-6.30pm. Details from Gwen (01206 271673) or Lesley (01206 271576)

ram & Chat - Tuesdays @ 10am at St John's
For parents and pre-school children.
Details from Susan Harrison (01206 271712) or Tracy Embleton (01206 273585).

Great Horkesley Youth Club - at the new village hall
The Church in Great Horkesley is pleased to support and sponsor the Youth Club, which is run by Christian leaders for the benefit of young people in the village. It meets Fridays every 2 weeks, 7pm-9pm in the new village hall.
Dates for the autumn 2018 term: 7 & 21 September, 5 & 19 October.

For more information, contact Liz Dixon in the church office.

Rector's Report for 2018 Annual Meeting
A copy of Rev. Mandy Elmes' annual report can be viewed at the bottom of this page, together with a copy of the church annual report from the meeting held on 19 April 2018.

Sunday Services at West Bergholt & Langham with Boxted Churches
Rev Mandy Elmes is also the Priest-in-Charge for the parishes of West Bergholt and Langham with Boxted, and is therefore not able to be at all her churches every Sunday. If you are interested in going along to any of the services at her other churches, please see the schedule of services attached at the bottom of this page.

Pattern of Sunday services
In response to comments from church members we have standardised the times of the main morning service to 11.15am on the 2nd & 4th Sundays at All Saints' and 10am on the 1st & 3rd Sundays at St John's. To accommodate this, the monthly 8.30am Book of Common Prayer Holy Communion Service changes to 8.00am on the 4th Sunday of the month.
The normal pattern will still be:
1st & 3rd Sundays - St John's - 10am
2nd & 4th Sundays - All Saints - 11.15am
Please note, however, that there are several exceptions to this pattern, particularly at Easter, Remembrance Sunday and Christmas time. Please see the What's On page for full details.

Thinking of a wedding soon?In the last few years it has become much easier to marry in church. The regulations about which church you can be married in have been relaxed and it can be much cheaper than many of the commercial venues that are licensed for weddings. 

Visit www.yourchurchwedding.org for more details, or call us to find out

 About All Saints' and St. John's Churches

We are the two Church of England places of worship in the Essex village of Great Horkesley.

Our buildings provide the venues for Sunday services and the christenings, marriages and funerals associated with the Christian faith of the people who live in the village.

All Saints'

(Picture by Robert Edwards)

 The Parish Church of All Saints’ is at the extreme north end of the village.

All Saints' Church is a fine grade 1 listed building dating from the 12th Century with 14th and 15th century additions. Much restoration work has been done over the years to maintain it in good condition so that it can continue to play a part in the ongoing life of the community.

Apart from being regularly used for Christian worship, it is also the venue for Baptisms (Christenings), weddings and of course funerals. It is also where the Parish burial ground is situated.

For more information/images relating to All Saints':  http://www.essexchurches.org.uk/ghorkesley.htm
Access permission kindly given by the author, Simon Knott., 

St. John's

(Picture by John Mehen)

The small St. John’s Church is within the main residential part of the village and is normally used alternatively with the Parish church for Sunday services.

The original building is about 200 years old, and was acquired for the Church in Gt. Horkesley by Capt. Kelso at the beginning of the 19th Century. The original building consisted of the Nave only, the Chancel & Vestry being later additions. A separate meeting room known as St. John’s Room was added in the 1970‘s, and a toilet and a kitchen added; the whole building is now grade 2 listed.

St. John’s Room is used during the week for  the Pram 'n' Chat baby and toddler group. 


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