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Big Brunch for Mind – Saturday 30th March

Please join us as we host a BIG BRUNCH event in aid of the charity Mind 

SATURDAY 30th March 

11am at St John's Church 

On the menu - Delicious pancakes, juice and hot drinks

Suggested donation of £5 per person ( children eat for free)  plus there will be a raffle on the day.

To book your place , please contact Sally Butler on 07860 235966



Ash Wednesday service

All welcome to our Ash Wednesday service on 14th February, 8pm at St Mary’s Church.
Ash Wednesday marks the start of the season of Lent, a time for reflecting on our lives and seeking God. The service will include Holy Communion, and the opportunity to receive the ‘imposition of ashes’ - receiving the sign of the cross on your forehead with ashes, as a symbol of turning away from all that we know is wrong, and towards Jesus and the life of love and faith he calls us to live.

Lent Course – 40 Days of Prayer

During Lent this year we will be engaging in a whole-church programme called 40 Days of Prayer. This will include Sunday teaching through sermons, and also midweek sessions which we will be encouraging everyone in small groups to attend in place of normal small group meetings.

The course will run for 6 weeks at St John's Church ( Postcode SS16 6RX)

There are signup sheets at both Churches or you can contact our Parish Administrator Nikki -  Email or phone  07720 08926

Daytime sessions start Tuesday 13th Feb @ 12.15pm tea/coffee for 12.30pm start
Evening sessions start Thursday 15th Feb @ 7.15pm tea/coffee for 7.30 start

To get the most out of the programme we are encouraging everyone to purchase a 40 Days of Prayer workbook, which contains everything you will need for the programme, including the study guide for each small group session, daily prayer prompts, space for weekly sermon notes, and suggestions for further study. The workbook costs £12 and we will be placing a bulk order soon. If you would like to purchase a workbook, please let Nikki Hall or your small group leader know, including how you would prefer to pay. Payment can be made online direct to the church bank account, for which the details are as follows:

Account name: PCC of LANGDON HILLS
Sort code: 20-04-96
Account number: 40691690
Reference: LENT+your name

This is the preferred method, but you can pay by cash on Sundays if paying online is not possible for you. If you’d like a copy but the cost would be difficult for you, please speak to Jeremy in confidence.

We will also be creating a prayer room in the chapel at St John’s for anyone to spend time in during Lent.  40 Days of Prayer will be a great opportunity for all of us to deepen our prayer life during Lent, so we’d encourage everyone to engage in the programme in every way possible.



Hope Explored – 3 week course

Hope Explored is an informal and relaxed 3 week course, for anyone wanting to find hope, peace and purpose in life, but particularly for anyone exploring faith and perhaps not sure yet what they believe.
The course will run on Tuesday evenings from 7.30pm at St John’s Church, Forest Glade SS16 6RX , starting on 9th January.
Its completely free, and light refreshments will be provided. You don’t need to know anything about the Bible, and you won’t be asked to pray or sing. You can ask any question you like, or you can just sit and listen.
If you’d like to join us for Hope Explored, please contact Nikki Hall by email at or by phone at 07720 089260 to let us know you’ll be coming.

Christmas Services 2023


Please join us for our Christmas Services as we enter the Advent season and celebrate the Birth of Jesus

St Mary’s Church - High Rd, Nr Miller & Carter Restaurant - SS16 6HY

Sunday 3rd December -  9am Advent Carols and Communion

Sunday 17th December - 6:30pm Carols by Candlelight

St John’s Church , Forest Glade – SS16 6RX

Sunday 3rd December -  11am All Age Advent Service

Christmas Eve – St Mary’s Church - SS16 6HY

2:00pm Christingle *

4:00pm Christingle (most popular, doors closed when full!) *   This service will be streamed live

11:30pm Midnight Communion

Christmas Eve – St John’s Church - SS16 6RX

6:00pm Christingle *

Please note there will be no 11am morning service at St John's on Christmas Eve.

* Our Christingles services are always a family favourite, exploring the message of Christmas through the Christingle and raising money for the Children’s Society. 

Christmas Day – St John’s Church - SS16 6RX

10.30am Christmas Day Family Service  - Bring a present to show everyone plus best Christmas jumper competition - Wear yours with pride!

We look forward to welcoming you



Memorial Service – Sunday 5th November @ 3pm

Please join us for our Memorial Service

St Mary’s Church

High Road, Langdon Hills, SS16 6HY

Sunday 5th November

3.00 p.m.

A very special opportunity to remember loved ones who have passed away, and to light a candle in their memory.

Everyone is welcome.

All Age Service – Sunday 3rd March

Our next All Age Service is on

Sunday 3rd March 2024

11am at St John's Church

This month’s theme is:-

“Encounters with Jesus: Zacchaeus - A Big Day for the Small Guy"

- Interactive

- Fun!

- Suitable for all ages

- Finishing by 12 noon

- Every 1st Sunday of the month

- Refreshments after the service

We look forward to seeing you.


NexGen Kids Club

NexGen, a free kids club for 7 to 11 year olds has now started at St John’s!

The club will run from 6pm - 8pm on the last Saturday of each month, next club is on Saturday 27th April.

Club evenings will involve structured activities, games, crafts and more for the kids to enjoy, have fun and make new friends.

There will be a tuck shop for the children, and tea and coffee for parents if they choose to stay while the club is running.

If you would like more information or would like to register your child, please feel free to talk to Kate or Keith on Sundays or contact Church Administrator Nikki.

Registration forms and a sign up list are also available at both churches on Sundays.

You can also email Kate and Keith directly –

St Mary’s Live

Please join us as we resume our series of Music & Entertainment at St Mary & All Saints Church, Langdon Hills, SS16 6HY

Saturday April 20th

From 7pm - 9pm  (doors open at 6.30pm)

Debbie Spice accompanied by Gareth Marsh on guitar present - Olde Tyme Music Hall to Musicals”

A Journey from Music Hall [including singalong] to Musicals with the captivating & versatile soprano voice of Debbie Spice & accomplished musician Gareth Marsh on guitar.

Dress for the occasion ?

Interval Refreshments including wine & soft drinks available. Donations welcome.  

Bring some friends to experience this wonderful performance.

For further information please contact Martyn Harrison  - Email

** There will be lighting provided on the path from the Car Park to the Church **

Further dates for your diary 

June 15th - Midsummer Madness - The Katy and Steve Show - a moreish mix of opera fun, toe-tapping fiddle and guitar with a taste of Johnny Cash.

NB. All Artists listed are professional performers so donations towards professional fees are greatly appreciated.



The Fun Walk – Saturday 23rd September 2023 @ 10am

About the Fun Walk Trust

The Fun Walk Trust, a registered charity, organises the annual Essex Fun Walk, leaving charities and local good causes free to focus on raising sponsorship money. A bonus pot donated by local businesses tops up any money raised…for more details go to

The Parish of Langdon Hills Fun Walk 

We have 12 sponsored volunteers who will be completing a 5K Fun Walk around Great Berry and the Langdon Hills area.They will be wearing PURPLE high vis jackets so you won't miss them!

The walk will start from St John's Church, Forest Glade on Saturday 23rd September at 10am

Why not join in and support our walkers as they complete the 5K circuit around the lovely green spaces in the area. Maybe you could walk all or part way round alongside them to give encouragement and show your support.

Everyone is welcome - Refreshments will be served at St John's Church , Forest Glade between 10am and 2pm.

Our sponsored walkers are raising funds for our Parish Churches , St Mary's and St John's . If you would like to sponsor any of our walkers (including our Rector Jeremy), please contact our Church administrator Nikki -  email