Church Services


We hope you will come and join with us in worship. Our services take place every Sunday as detailed below.

Christ Church URC

Service at 10:30 with tea/coffee served after the service. We celebrate Holy Communion on the 1st Sunday of each month

Our Worship Leaders for November & December 2019 are:

03 Nov      Including Holy Communion led by Rev Paul Stein

10 Nov      Rev Paul Stein

17 Nov      Gift Service

                   led by Rev Paul Stein and Christine Hodds

24 Nov      Christine Macleod

01 Dec     Including Holy Communion led by Rev Paul Stein

08 Dec     Rev Paul Stein

15 Dec     Rev Dr Paul Beasley-Murray

22 Dec     Rev Paul Stein

25 Dec     Christmas Day led by Rev Paul Stein

29 Dec     Graham Handscomb

Great Baddow URC

Coffee from 10:15, Service at 10:45

Our Worship Leaders for November & December 2019 are:

03 Nov      Penny Bloom

10 Nov      Eddie Morley

17 Nov      Peter & Margaret Watchorn

24 Nov      Rev Paul Stein

01 Dec     Graham Marriott

08 Dec     Patrick Smith

15 Dec     Rev Paul Stein

22 Dec     To be confirmed

29 Dec     To be confirmed

Howe Green URC

Our activities for November & December 2019 are:

Sat 02 Nov     from 10:30     Coffee Morning at Howe Green

Sat 16 Nov     12:00-14:30    Christmas Fayre

                                                 at Sandon Village Hall

Sun 17 Nov    15:00               Traditional Church Service at                                                       Howe Green

December     To be announced

We also have many fellowship activities for you can join. You can find out more about these on our All About Christ Church page.


A warm welcome will be found whatever age you are and whether you come on your own, or with others.


We extend a warm welcome to all, whatever your ethnicity, sexual orientation or disability.


We really enjoy encouraging young people to come closer to Jesus and so offer Young Church for all children every Sunday. To find out more about these activities visit our All About Christ Church page

What happens at Sunday Services at Christ Church?

How long?                                    The service usually lasts for one hour, starting at 10:30am

What to wear?                             It really doesn’t  matter - just be comfortable


On arrival                                     You will be given a hymn book and an order of service giving the details of the service and

                                                       other information about what is happening in church that week


Where to sit?                                Anywhere. It can be guaranteed that the front two or three rows will usually be vacant.

When to stand up?                     We stand for the entry of the Bible at the beginning of the service and stand for all the all

                                                       the hymns.  If standing is difficult for you, please feel free to remain seated. After the last                                                               hymn we remain standing for the blessing and the exit of the Bible.

Hymns                                          We usually sing five hymns. The number of the hymns are on the order of service as well as

                                                       on the boards on the wall at the front of the church. A large print version of the hymn book

                                                       is available on request


Prayers                                         We remain seated for prayers. The Minister, or the person leading prayers, lets us know

                                                       when we are about to pray as well as if there are any responses expected from us.

Bible readings                             There are usually two Bible readings, from the Old Testament and/or the New Testament.

                                                      The readings are read by members of the congregation who have volunteered in advance. If

                                                      you wish to follow the readings, feel free to read the Bibles which can be found on the

                                                      shelves under many of the chairs


Children and Young People     Children and young people aged 3-18 are welcome to attend our services. They can start the

                                                      worship together with their parents/guardians and, after the welcome and first hymn, there

                                                      is usually a brief Children’s section led by the Minister.

                                                      Shortly after that, children are invited to go downstairs where they will hear the gospel in a                                                            way that is tailored for them. They also have the opportunity to participate in a variety of                                                                of arts, craft and musical activities. The leaders of our Young Church are all DBS checked and 

                                                      experienced in working with children. At the end of the service parents/guardians collect

                                                      their child downstairs.

                                                      Young Church. Do you like having fun with others of your own age? Then why not come along                                                       on Sunday mornings? You can learn about God through craft activities, stories and games                                                             and each week is different. 


Offering                                       We take up a collection during the service to pay for the costs of running the church.

                                                      On occasions, additional collections may be taken up for a particular charity. Taxpayers

                                                      can add 25p for every £1 given (at no personal cost) by using the Gift Aid envelopes which are

                                                      available at the back of the church.

Communion Service                  Everyone is welcome to our communion services irrespective of Christian denomination.

                                                      These are normally held on the first Sunday morning of each month. The congregation are

                                                      offered individually  a small piece of bread and a small glass of wine (non-alcoholic grape

                                                      juice) where they sit. When everyone has been served, we are then invited by the Minister to

                                                      eat and then drink together. There is no obligation to take the bread and wine.

Parade Service                           Once every few months, our uniformed organisations attend service in uniform and the

                                                     colours are paraded at the beginning and close of the service. This service is similar to other

                                                     services, but the content may be more child-interactive and/or child-friendly!

Blessing                                      The Minister says a blessing for the congregation, usually at the end of the service

At the end of the service          We all remain standing after the last hymn whilst the Minister says the benediction. Once the

                                                      Bible has left the church, you can take a seat and enjoy the organist play a piece of music.

                                                      You can then gather your belongings and leave at your convenience – the Minister will be at

                                                      the exit to give a handshake and short chat if you wish.

                                                      Tea, Coffee, soft drinks and biscuits are served downstairs, where we can chat together.

                                                      There is no charge and everyone is welcome.

Minister: Paul Stein                                       phone 01245 493377

Christ Church Secretary: Sue Fleming        phone via Church Office or email

Christ Church Room Bookings                    phone 01245 354529 or email

Christ Church General Enquiries                phone 01245 354529 or email

Great Baddow URC: Ann Ketley                  phone 01245 472282

Howe Green URC: Pam Knott                      phone 01245 471691 or email

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