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

Regular Services at All Saints'

The Sunday Communion Service at All Saints' Church in Stock is held at 11am, with Hymns and Communion. Any imminent exceptions will be listed here. 

Note there will also be a Book of Common Prayer (BCP) evening service at 6pm on Sunday March 3.

A Said Communion Service is held whenever possible at 10am on Wednesdays, including March 6, 13, 20 and 27.

Mail pauline39collier@gmail.com.

* Food bank donations will be accepted on the first Sunday every month following the Sunday service (about 12.05pm).

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The preparation work is almost complete on the south side of the Nave and tile stripping has begun on the north side

Roof repairs update

The southern side of the large Nave roof is nearing the final stage of preparation. The old tiles have been stripped (with the best saved for re-use), timbers have been repaired where necessary, the new waterproof felt has been applied, and the battens are almost complete there. The main remaining job on this face is to replace a rotten beam at the east end.

Work has also begun on stripping tiles over on the northern face of the nave.

Meanwhile both faces of the chancel (over the altar and choir stalls) have already been prepared.

Other than the eventual retiling, there will be repairs to some gutters and hoppers, plus some stonework.  It is hoped that the work can be completed by Easter, although we are hoping for fewer rain interruptions than there have been in recent weeks.

All this follows many months of consultations with our long-serving architect, roofers, the Diocesan Advisory Committee, and bat consultants (plus Historic England and Natural England) keeping an eye on us.

Step back nearly three years to the gusty day when a 2m row of tiles slipped on the Chancel roof.  Checks revealed that roof repairs after the nearby 1940 landmine explosion had been done while facing a post-war shortage of key materials.  See the image below for the wartime damage.

In short we discovered that the roofs over the Chancel and the Nave had little or no waterproof underfelt, the wooden battens were untreated and rotting, and even the nails were poor quality and rusting through.

That meant major areas of the roof were deemed to be liable to fail at any time, leaving wooden slats open to the elements.

We worked through the detailed process of obtaining a bat licence (after three separate surveys) to allow work to go ahead. Six new bat boxes have already been installed on churchyard trees to provide additional and any replacement accommodation.

One of the biggest – and most frustrating – challenges of maintaining a Grade 1 listed church is spending a six-figure sum for a repair designed to be as unobtrusive as possible when complete. But soon you can admire how it has mostly appeared for centuries - and will now be for many more years.

* If you wish to help to cover our costs – in conjunction with the Friends of All Saints’ Church, mail Martin King if you might be able to help.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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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Ringing the change at Stock

The Revd Jacqui Pearson was licensed and installed at Stock on 9 January 2023 as Priest-in-Charge of the Reservoir Group of Parishes.

In a ceremony at All Saints' Church attended by representatives of all the parishes, the Revd Jacqui was licensed by the Area Bishop, the Rt Revd Dr John Perumbalath, and installed by the Archdeacon of Southend, The Ven. Mike Power.

The Mayor of Chelmsford was among the guests. The clergy teams included the Revd Miranda Seaman, Associate Priest of Stock and West Hanningfield, and Fr Barry Hall, Honorary Assistant Priest at Stock.

As well as All Saints’ Church in Stock, the Reservoir Group also comprises; St Margaret, Downham, with St Peter, South Hanningfield; St Mary, Ramsden Bellhouse; and St Mary & St Edward, West Hanningfield.

The Revd Jacqui, who rang the church bell to make known that her new ministry had begun (pictured above), was previously Assistant Curate at St Andrew and St Francis’ Community Church, Boreham.

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