All Saints' Church, Stock, Essex (parish of Stock Harvard)
Back in church for Sunday services
Weekly services have resumed at All Saints' Church in Stock, at 11am every Sunday. They will continue to be broadcast live on Zoom for the time being.
There can be no singing and numbers must remain limited until regulations change.
For all pastoral matters, email Fr Stephen Need at email@example.com (or call on 01277 840422).
Please note: Food bank donations will be accepted at the porch on the first Sunday every month from 2 to 3pm.
September dates planned for 2021 Flower Festival & Fete
It has been decided to push back dates for the this year's Flower Festival, Dinner Dance and Fete. Instead of the usual midsummer dates, it is hoped that September 24 to 26, 2021 will be less affected by restrictions. This plan is obviously subject to being able to fit in with regulations at the time but we hope very much that we can enjoy cautious steps on the road towards normality.
To allow for wedding and other plans going even further forward, we have also selected the 2022 dates of 17 to 19 June - yes, 2022!
* The loss of the 2020 event was a financial blow to the church, which made about £7,000 from 2019’s festival - so please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you wish to make a donation towards the cost of keeping the parish church running. Or contact Pauline if you wish to play a part in the September celebrations.
Modern repairs needed to roof damaged by WW2 landmine
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 now facing repairs to the Chancel roof and are reviewing a full survey. More about that as details become clear.
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
* Please contact Fr Stephen for any information on weddings, funerals and baptisms.
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
Our Parish Safeguarding Officer is Judith Sabine, who may be contacted at church or by email at email@example.com
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