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Welcome to the website for the Churches of Great Waltham, Ford End and The Chignals with Mashbury.

At the beginning of lockdown our churches had to close their doors due to safety restrictions. Following a vast amount of work by a team of people Great Waltham Church will be opening for a service on Sunday 12th July at 11am. It will be a short version Eucharist with the Revd Neil taking communion on behalf of the congregation.  There will then be a short service in the Churchyard at St Nicholas, Chignal Smealy on Sunday 19 July at 11 am.

The Churches continue to be opened regularly for personal prayers.  Please respect the guidelines in place during the opening hours:

St Mary & St Lawrence Gt Waltham on Sundays 11.30am-1pm AND St John the Evangelist Ford End 2-5pm on Sundays and 10-midday on Thursdays

During this difficult time it is especially hard as we cannot be together at Church if you need practical support, prayer or conversation you can call or text Revd Sandra on 07795 373832 or email Alison Bates admin@littleandgreat.org.uk

The next best thing to being together is to share worship over the internet.  There are now so many resources including recordings of Sandra's live services that we have a new Church at Homepage please have a look at the new things we are adding.

If you can't join the online services why not try the Daily Hope Phone Line – which is available 24 hours a day on 0800 804 8044 – it has been set up particularly for those unable to join online church services and offers hymns, prayers, reflections as well as full services.

Our Ministry team works with the 3 Churches at Great and Little Leighs and Little Waltham. Services and events are held in all 6 of the Churches; services vary in style and form across the Churches and we try to offer something for everyone, so you can worship in the way that suits you.  Please explore these pages and contact us if you need us in any way or come and worship with us at one of our services or events.

The process of appointing a new Priest in Charge for our group of six parishes is well under way, under the guidance of the Archdeacon Elizabeth Snowden.  The impact of the Pandemic has changed this process somewhat as the Church has come under huge financial strain.  Please read the attached from Roger Bearman Chair of the PCC.

If you would like some help to understand Christianity you might find this website of interest:   Click to go to Christianity UK 

'We are committed to safeguarding children, young people, victims / perpetrators of domestic abuse, and vulnerable adults. The PCC has adopted the Church of England's policies and best practice on safeguarding. Please click here for the Church of England's Safeguarding policies.   Our safeguarding officer is Alison Bates who can be contacted at 07957 228467 or by email on admin@littleandgreat.org.uk

The Chelmsford Diocese Safeguarding Team can be contacted at 01245 294444 or safeguarding@chelmsford.anglican.org.  Out of hours, please contact Social Services on 0345 606 1212 for adults 0345 603 7627 for children.  In a safeguarding emergency dial 999'

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