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NexGen Kids Club

NexGen, a free kids club for 7 to 11 year olds is starting soon at St John’s!

The club will run from 6pm - 8pm on the last Saturday of each month, starting on Saturday 30th September.

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 begin a monthly series of Music & Entertainment at St Mary & All Saints Church, Langdon Hills, SS16 6HY

Starting on Saturday September 30th

From 7pm - 9pm 

Chelmsford based Dee Mardi -  Vocalist, Writer, Actress. Versatile “Crossover Entertainer” [= Classical + Contemporary style combined]  & Performance Poet presents:  “On The Line”


Dee sings, reads, and airs a selection of her philosophical, witty, and comical musings and writings about life, laundry, and lines. Includes some songs from musicals and other writers, with content taken from her show "The Laundry Of Life Pegged On The Line" seen previously at the Edinburgh Festival


Interval Refreshments including Wine available. Donations welcome.  

Bring some friends to this innovative first presentation.

For further information please contact Martyn Harrison  - Email

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

Further dates for your diary 

Saturday October 28th  Lady and the Scamp - Lady & the Scamp are a talented music duo, specialising in Jazz and their own arrangements of popular ballads
Saturday November 25th “Musical Fireworks” - Anne & Andrew Liddell with friends – instrumental extravaganza - Xmas early!
Saturday December 9th “Christmas Waits” - A light hearted look at Christmas traditions and music from around the world plus seasonal favourites. Martyn Harrison and Contemporary vocalist Anne Sherwood.


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




Our new Alpha course will be starting in September 2023

Launch Event:

Sunday 10th September, 1pm with BBQ lunch at St John's Church. Theme ‘Is there more to life than this?

Alpha Course:
Saturdays 30th September to
9th December, 9-11am.
Breakfast included!

Everyone is welcome

Contact our Church Administrator Nikki for more details & to book your or 07720 089260




St Mary’s will be open on Saturdays from 2pm-4pm during July & August

Why not pop in to St Mary's , our beautiful historic Church at the top of Langdon Hills during July and August.

Refreshments will be available between 2pm-4pm on Saturdays.

We look forward to seeing you.



St John’s Summer Fair – Saturday 8th July – 10am-3pm

Join us for a fun day out at our Summer Fair

Date : Saturday 8th July

From  : 10am -3pm

Lots of stalls , activities , food and more...

Help us to raise funds for the Parish and our Pre-school

We look forward to seeing you


Please join us for our first Quiz Night of 2023 

Date  - Saturday 13th May

Time  - Arrive at 7pm for a 7.30pm start

Place  - St Johns Church , Forest Glade , SS16 6RX

Entry is £5 per person ( Max 8 per table)

Bring your own drinks and nibbles

Games & Raffle on the night

Please book your place in advance by contacting  Nikki  - email - 



Please join us for a gentle walk through the woods at Westley Heights to see the beautiful bluebells on


We will meet at St Mary's Church , High Road , Langdon Hills , SS16 6HY

at 10AM

And return to St Marys  for tea , coffee and cakes!

Everyone is welcome






APCM – Annual Parochial Church Meeting 2023

The Parish Annual Meetings (AMP and APCM), will take place on Sunday 23rd April at 12.30pm at St John's Church, following the 11am service.
These are important meetings where churchwardens and other PCC (church council) members are elected. Jeremy will also be sharing more of the vision for the parish going forward. We will be aiming to elect:

Four churchwardens (two per church) for 1 year terms 
Though in the past we have had one churchwarden per church, we have now been advised that we should ideally have two churchwardens per church. Churchwardens are automatically PCC members. There is no formal election for deputy churchwardens, but if you are willing to support the churchwardens in this more informal way that is very helpful. Please let Nikki or Jeremy know.

Five PCC members
The PCC is our Church Council, which works with our Rector and churchwardens in making decisions about various aspects of church life.
The commitment involved is usually 6 meetings per year (every other month on a Monday evening), as well as any responsibilities you offer to take on.
We have the following PCC vacancies.

  • For the period 2023-2024, one vacancy
  • For the period 2023-2025, one vacancy
  • For the period 2023-2026, three vacancies

Three Deanery Synod Representatives
Deanery Synod is a regular meeting of representatives of C of E churches in the Basildon area (the deanery). Issues concerning the Church of England both in Basildon and more widely are discussed and decisions are made. In addition to the PCC meetings (see above) you would also be expected (when possible) to attend Deanery Synod meetings (3 per year) so that we, as a parish have a voice in what happens in our deanery.
The nomination forms for churchwardens, PCC members and Deanery Synod representatives are on the welcome desks at both churches. The deadline for the nominations is 15th April. Once the forms have been completed, please give them to Nikki or Jeremy. You must be on the Church Electoral Roll to be nominated.

Church Electoral Roll
The Church Electoral Roll (our official ‘membership list’) is also being revised between the 26th March and the 8th April. If you are not on the Electoral Roll but would like to be, please let Nikki know and she will send you the form to be completed. The Electoral Roll will then be displayed in both churches from 9th April until the meetings on 23rd April.

Notices have been posted at both churches on all of the above, and nomination forms are available on the welcome desks, or can be emailed to you by Nikki (upon request)

Nikki  Hall - Parish Administrator
Email -
Phone - 07720 089260


Easter Services at St Mary’s & St John’s

Palm Sunday (2nd April)

9am St Mary’s – Holy Communion with palm crosses

11am St John’s – ALL AGE Service with palm crosses

Maundy Thursday ( 6th April)

8pm Maundy Thursday Holy Communion at St. Mary’s

Good Friday (7th April)

Churches together in Basildon

Good Friday Walk of Witness begins 11am from The Most Holy Trinity RC Church, Wickhay, Basildon.  Ends approx 12.15pm.

Good Friday (7th April)


2pm - 4pm at St Mary’s

An opportunity to spend time reflecting on the first Good Friday, with music, readings, prayers and a dramatic recounting of the events from the perspectives of six key witnesses to the crucifixion.

Come for the whole event or just drop in when you can.

Easter Sunday (9th April)

9am Easter Communion at St Mary’s

11am All Age Easter Celebration & Communion at St John’s