All Saints' Church, Stock, Essex (parish of Stock Harvard)

Zoom-only worship resumes 

UPDATE 05.01.21


Although national guidelines say that communal worship can continue, the Church of England advised we should move services online if possible.  So our weekly Sunday services have returned to Zoom only.  Please note the start is 10am.


Email Pauline Collier at pauline39collier@gmail.com for the link and other information.


The service again combines All Saints' Church with Fr Stephen's other church in West Hanningfield and is Zoomed from the rectory in Stock. 


During this lockdown, All Saints' Church will be open for food bank donations for one hour every Sunday - from 2pm to 3pm until further notice.  


This site will be updated when circumstances change again.


For all pastoral matters, email Fr Stephen Need at swneed@gmail.com (or call him on 01277 840422).


* A prayer in times of a pandemic


Eighty years ago (on 13 December 1940), a landmine fell close to All Saints' Church in Stock, causing this damage to its southern side. The roof and windows were wrecked, the tower badly damaged and a large crater left in the grayeyard.

It was 1965 before all the repairs were complete. The crater was filled to create a Garden of Remembrance, which was completed in 1953. In recent years the top stones became very badly weathered and needed replacement. Thanks to the Friends of All Saints and an anonymous donor, those stones have been replaced and will weather in over the coming months.

We are also facing roof repairs and are awaiting the outcome of a full survey. More about that as details become clear.

Churchyard rules

The graveyard at All Saints' Church and its Garden of Remembrance (in and around which ashes are interred) are subject to rules imposed by the Diocese of Chelmsford. Click HERE to download the diocesan Churchyard Handbook (in pdf format) that applies to all churchyards in the area. Similar rules are common across England.

On this site: Stock Churchyard and Garden of Remembrance

All Saints' Church is the parish church of Stock Harvard, in the village of Stock. This ancient building is Grade 1 listed and sits beside a large graveyard, a garden of remembrance and a glebe - which is a field used for the dinner dance, flower festival and fete that is one of the biggest events in the village calendar. Please see the following introduction from Fr Stephen Need concerning our worship. And click here to find us.

An introduction to All Saints' Church from Fr Stephen Need 

The first written evidence of the existence of a church in Stock is in 1232, and it is reasonable to suppose that a church, consisting of a nave and a chancel, was erected here in the early Norman period.

The building, and the generations of Christians that have worshipped here for hundreds of years, witness to the timeless truths of the Gospel. Christ is as present with us today as he was present when All Saints was first built and the villagers first worshipped within its hallowed walls.

Stock is a village about a mile north of Billericay and 6 miles south of Chelmsford. It used to be called Stock Harvard and the ecclesiastical parish is still known by that name.

All Saints is the village parish church where Christians of different backgrounds from the village and surrounding area come together in the company of all the saints to worship the living God.

We stand within the catholic tradition of the Church of England, and at the heart of our life is the celebration of the Mass. Sunday by Sunday, and during the week, we gather to do what our Lord commanded us, to receive the body and blood of Christ in Holy Communion and to hear God speak to us through the Scriptures.

As members of his Church we all seek to follow Jesus, through whom we can enjoy a living relationship with God.

If you would like to find out more about us or to discover more about the Christian faith then please get in touch, or come and visit us.

Fr Stephen Need
01277 840442

* Please contact Fr Stephen for any information on weddings, funerals and baptisms.

Flower Festival & Fete 2021

We had to abandon any hopes for even a postponed 2020 flower festival and fete on the church glebe.  The festival committee now plan to come back with even bigger plans for 25 to 27 June 2021.  The loss of the 2020 event has been a financial blow to the church, which made about £7,000 from 2019’s festival - so please contact pauline39collier@gmail.com if you wish to make a donation.

Safeguarding

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, which may be found on the Church of England’s website at 
https://www.churchofengland.org/more/safeguarding

Our Parish Safeguarding Officer is Judith Sabine, who may be contacted at church or by email at judithsabine@btinternet.com

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