Category Archive New Events

Christmas Services – 2018

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

Sunday 16th December – 4:00pm Carol Parade Service

Sunday 16th December – 6:30pm 9 Lessons & Carols

Christmas Eve – St Mary’s Church

11.30am Christingle (recommended for younger children)

2:00pm Christingle

4:00pm Christingle (most popular, doors closed when full!)

6:00pm Christingle (recommended for older children)

11:30pm Midnight Communion

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

11:00am All Age Worship with Communion

Contact Rev Colin Hopkinson on 01268 542156 – Web:

Free Movie Nights

Saturday 19 January 2019 at 5pm at St John’s Church – No need to book

Valiant – Animated family comedy that tells a story of a little wood pigeon with big dreams, who joins the elite Royal Homing Pigeon Service. Its is set during WW11 where the little pigeon becomes a hero.

Saturday 9 February 2019 at 5pm at St John’s Church – No need to book

Paddington 2 – The life of Paddington carries on.

Saturday 2 March 2016 at 5pm at St John’s Church – No need to book

Lion – Set in India, a 5 year boy gets separated from his family during a train journey. The story is about looking for his family when he is an adult.

Talk to Liz Burton

Tel: 01268 546266
Mob: 07595 587723

Donations would be welcome on the night

Advent Box for the BasildonCRC

Would you participate in activity we have done at St Johns for last two years.  Here are the simple steps we need you to take:

  • Find a cardboard box
  • decorate in whatever way you like or don’t decorate
  • Add to your box an item of grocery or toiletry for each day of Advent – nice treats are encouraged
  • It is not contravening rules of the activity if you put in more than one item for each day
  • Bring filled box to St Johns or St Mary’s before Christmas.

Julie will transport them to Community Resource Centre.

If you would like to find out more about what the Centre does see their website about the Charity

Rendezvous Xmas Events


20th Dec – We will enjoy a little Christmas service during our usual morning gathering

BENS – Needs Help

Basildon Emergency Night Shelter (BENS)

We need male support to cover the Evening shift from 9.15-11pm

Also assistance still required on any dates below (all Saturdays):

  • 22nd December
  • 29th December
  • 19th January
  • 9th February
  • 23rd February
  • 2nd March

The URC address where it takes place is below:

6 Honeypot Lane
SS14 2JZ

Please contact Muriel’s
Mobiles 07375 622117

Or you can talk to Jon Turner (St John’s Pianist) for more information

How can I become a Generous Giver?

I have recently taken up the position of Treasurer for our Parish of Langdon Hills and would like to share some of my thoughts with you on giving, but firstly I would like to say a BIG thankyou to those who already give so generously in so many ways. It makes a huge difference to our Parish.

I always find that I need to reflect and remind myself that everything I have belongs to God; I am just a steward of God’s gifts. The Bible encourages us all to be generous givers.
We can be called to do this in several ways from tithing, which means giving a percentage of our income, to giving our time and talents to serve the Church and Gods people.

In Giving, I believe the most important thing to God is our attitude of heart. Is it to Glorify God? Is it out of Love and Adoration for our Father? Is it to become more like Jesus and allow the Holy Spirit to work in our lives? Are we loving our neighbours as ourselves by showing generosity, kindness and love? Are we giving to grow Gods kingdom locally and around the world?

If I give my money and time, but my heart is heavy because I feel that I don’t really want to give, then I am not giving Freely, ”willingly and readily” to God.

I should give because I want to have faith and learn to trust that my wonderful Heavenly Father will provide for my EVERY need. I choose to serve because I love others and want to show this love through acts of generosity and service. None of us is perfect but God wants us to persevere with serving and giving of ourselves so that we can grow in our faith and receive many blessings along the way.

Jesus said, “When you give (Matthew 6)“, not “If you give“ which implies that we are called to give in whatever way we can. ”Lord what can I do to honour and serve you today?“ could be our daily prayer.

If we want to be more like Jesus and love others like he loved us, then in Freely giving our money, time, talents we are showing our Father how much we truly love him and our deep desire to honour him in every way we can. Giving of ourselves (all that I am, all that I have) is an act of love and devotion which God sees and truly rejoices in.

You do not have to be rich to give, just give what you can with a joyful spirit and a thankful heart. Please take some time to pray about generosity and ask God to fill you with his grace, allowing you to trust, serve and be moulded to become a generous giver in every aspect of your life.

If you would like to find out more about how you can give your time, money and talents to help our Church serve the local and wider community, please feel free to contact myself, Colin, Emma, Julian or Anna.

Kind regards

Jill Hurley -Treasurer - PCC of Langdon Hills

Resourcing Pastoral Carers

A Foundation Course in Pastoral Care

St John’s Church, Langdon Hills, Basildon, SS16 6RX

  • Sat 6th, 13thand 27th Oct -10am-4pm
  • Sat 10thand 17Nov -10am-4pm

Develop your understanding of pastoral care from a Christian perspective, and be more effective in caring for others.

For more information and an application form contact Diane Hardy, Course administrator at

or phone Diane on 01245 294449

St John’s Childcare

Places available now!  Call or email for more details

We run:

  • Breakfast Club
  • Preschool
  • After school club
  • Holiday club with a range of activities

We offer funded places to 2,3 and 4 years old

We offer up to 30 hours funded childcare subject to meeting criteria

St John’s Church, Forest Glade, Langdon Hills, SS16 6RX


Opening times 7:30am to


Afternoon Tea and Magic

Entertainment from magician Paul Clancy

Saturday 30 March 2019 at 2pm at St Johns Church

Open to anyone over the age of 11 years old

Price per ticket is £8.00

Tickets available from Liz Burton in the New year.

  • Tel: 01268 546266
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