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 March/April 2019

17 Mar - 10am Morning Praise at St John's
24 Mar - 8am BCP Communion & 11.15am Service 4 All at All Saints'
31 Mar - 11.15am Mothering Sunday Parade Service
7 April - 10am Morning Praise at St John's
14 April - 11.15am Communion at All Saints'
For Easter Services - see below
Please see the What's On Page for full details of services up to 14 April 2019.

We are committed to safeguarding children, young people, vulnerable adults and victims/perpetrators of domestic abuse.The PCC has adopted the Church of England's policies and best practice on safeguarding which can be found on the Church of England's website: https://www.churchofengland.org/more/safeguarding.

Our Parish Safeguarding Officer is Lesley Richardson who can be contacted via the church office on 01206 243683.


Mothering Sunday Parade Service - Sun 31 March, 11.15am at All Saints'
Come and celebrate Mother's Day with the help of the Cubs, Scouts, Guides & Brownies at our special parade service. All mums will receive a posy of flowers.

Storytime Club - Sunday 14 April @ 6pm in the New Village Hall
Our next Storytime Club will be on Sunday 10 March @ 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. 

Maundy Thursday Fellowship Meal & Communion - Thursday 18 April @
8pm at St Mary's Church, West Bergholt
A light meal based on the Jewish Passover tradition, followed by informal communion.

Good Friday Reflective Service - Fri 19 April @ 10am at St John's
A moving and contemplative service thinking about the events of Good Friday when Jesus gave His life for us on the cross.

Easter Day Communion Service - Sun 21 April @ 11.15am at All Saints'

Celebrate Easter with us at our Easter Day Communion Service.

Annual Church Meeting - Tues 30 April @ 7.30pm at St John's
Don't forget our Annual Church Meeting when we review the past year and look ahead to what we would like to achieve in the coming year.

A New & Easier Way of Donating to Support the Work of our Churches!
You can now support the work of St John's and All Saints' Churches by donating online through a new fundraising website called www.give.net.
Great Horkesley Churches has its own page on this website and you can connect to it via this link. It's so easy - why not give it a go!

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 Christmas and the new year are: 7 Dec (Christmas Party); 11 & 25 Jan; 8 Feb; 1, 15 & 29 March.
For more information, contact 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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