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As church families, our vision is:-
"To draw closer to God and to each other so that we may more ably bring his love to the world."
We want to make a difference in these communities for God.
St Andrew’s, Alresford
St Anne & St Laurence, Elmstead
St Mary Magdalen, Thorrington
Supporting Mental Health during the COVID-
Click on the picture to go to our support page from the Church of England
During the suspension of services in our churches, our new style noticesheet will be available weekly on our website.
You can download a copy on our noticesheet page or by clicking on the picture on the left
The benefice includes three churches and covers four villages on the outskirts of Colchester in Essex.
St Andrew’s, in Alresford, is a recently extended modern building, busy with activities for all ages all week.
St Anne & St Laurence is a grade 1 listed building dating from the 17th century and is situated just north of Elmstead Market.
St Mary Magdalen serves the villages of Frating and Thorrington in a beautiful 14th century building set on a farm on the outskirts of Thorrington.
The three churches are of the open evangelical tradition and welcome everyone. Styles of worship vary from contemporary worship at St Andrew’s with our two bands, through more traditional worship with choir and organ at St Mary Magdalen and St Anne and St Laurence.
Church life is far from being only on a Sunday. There is an extensive programme of activities for all ages through the week – all are welcome whether church members or not. Please visit “News and Events” and “Young People” for further details.
To stream our latest Sunday sermon or to download podcasts of recent sermons and talks please click on the icon on the left.
Thoughts on Life and Faith
For a copy of a monthly article from our leadership team, please click on the logo on the right.
A copy of the data privacy notice for each church can be found by clicking on the name of the church at the top of this page.
We are committed to safeguarding children, young people, victims/survivors of domestic abuse and vulnerable adults.
The PCCs have adopted the Church of England’s policies and best practice on safeguarding which may be found on the Church of England’s website.
Details of Parish Safeguarding Representatives can be found on the noticeboards in each church. Our Parish Safeguarding Representatives can be contacted via email@example.com
Following the Government's announcement of a partial reopening of Churches for public worship we find ourselves awaiting further clarifications from the Government and Church of England.
In the mean-
We want people to feel safe and are exploring this opportunity only after carefully considering the risks and putting appropriate measures in place to ensure social distancing and facilities to clean hands and surfaces etc.
This week’s timetable is as follows:
These arrangements will be subject to review. There will be church members in attendance at each session. This is an opportunity for you to drop in, rather than to stay for the duration. There are no planned services, this is simply a chance for private prayer.
Please note that toilets will only be available at St Andrew’s
You can also go to our mental health support page, with resources from the Church of England.
Rev Andrew Fordyce and Rev Pauline Hart
Rev Andrew Fordyce will live stream from the Rectory every Sunday at 10.30 am
Click on the right to go to our video page for a link to the live stream and an order of service
Morning Prayer 9.00 am
St Mary Magdalen
St Anne & St Laurence
St Anne & St Laurence