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

Fr Stephen has announced that he has been offered the job of Team Rector of Bexhill-on-Sea in East Sussex in the Diocese of Chichester and has accepted. He and Jill will therefore be leaving Stock and West Hanningfield later this year.


They offer their deepest gratitude to everyone in the two parishes for all the support they have received over the last ten years and wish everyone all the very best for the future.


Everyone at All Saints' thanks Jill and Fr Stephen for the dedicated service they have given during the last 10 years and wishes them well as they prepare for their move and future life in Bexhill-on-Sea.

Weekly services at All Saints'

A service is held every Sunday at All Saints' Church in Stock at 11am, with hymns.  The 10am service on Wednesdays has also resumed (but NOT 22 September) - please check by emailing Pauline Collier (pauline39collier@gmail.com).

There is no need to book places but email Pauline Collier (pauline39collier@gmail.com) if you have any queries.  Feel free to wear a mask if you prefer. 

For all pastoral matters, email Fr Stephen Need at swneed@gmail.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.


A prayer in times of a pandemic


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.

Flower Festival & Fete update

The 2021 Flower Festival and Fete had originally been postponed to the last weekend of this September. Sadly it has been decided to cancel the 2021 event altogether due to the ongoing Coronavirus situation.

The preparation required by several events meant they could not go ahead this September but the committee are hoping for a ‘Bumper Event’ next year. To allow for wedding and other planning, we pray that we can go ahead with the 2022 dates of 17 to 19 June.

* The loss of the 2020 and 2021 events will be 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 towards the cost of keeping the parish church running. Or contact Pauline if you wish to play a part in planning for the 2022 celebrations.

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.

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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