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

Weekly services at All Saints'

A service is held most Sundays at All Saints' Church in Stock at 11am, with hymns.  We shall update here with any variation.

The 10am Communion on Wednesdays is held most weeks - again we shall update with news on any change. 

Please email Pauline Collier if you have any queries.  

Please note:  Food bank donations will be accepted at the porch on the first Sunday every month from 2 to 3pm.


A prayer in times of a pandemic


Stand by for the 2022 Flower AND Harvest Festival

The Flower Festival committee has decided to move its 2022 event from June to September at All Saints’ Church, Stock.

The Flower Festival will combine with Harvest thanksgiving to become the Flower and Harvest Festival 2022.  The dates are Friday 23rd, Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th September.

The dates change avoids clashes between our preparations and Platinum Jubilee events. It also allows extra time to move on (hopefully) from Covid issues and to rally fresh volunteers after two years of cancellations.

Please keep the date free. Email pauline39collier@gmail.com if you wish to play a part.

The Revd Miranda Seaman is photographed after becoming the first female priest to celebrate Communion at All Saints’ Church in Stock.  Miranda, who has been an Associate Priest of the parish for nearly a year, has lived in Stock for most of her life.

Miranda provided cover for the Communion on 2 January 2022 and will hopefully do so as often as possible following Fr Stephen Need’s departure.  This is pending the lengthy procedures to put a replacement priest in charge for All Saints’ Church as well as St Mary & St Edward at West Hanningfield and probably other churches in the area.

Female priests are eligible to serve at the altar in All Saints’ Church since a recent decision by the Parochial Church Council (see minutes of the meeting HERE).

Miranda, who is married with three children, is a non-stipendiary priest (one who receives no payment) and works locally as a solicitor.

*Click HERE for the text of her sermon on 2 January - a historic day for the parish.

* Please contact one of the churchwardens Pauline Collier and Judith Sabine for any queries during the interregnum. 

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 about our worship. And click here to find us.

Introduction to All Saints' Church

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.

Modern repairs needed to roof damaged by WW2 landmine

NearlyEighty-one 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.

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

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

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