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

Weekly service times

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. 

A Said Communion Service is held whenever possible at 10am on Wednesdays.

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

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.


From Trustees of the Tweedy Charity

Re: Stock Almshouses, Essex CM4 9BT

March 2024




A vacancy is expected to arise at the Stock Almshouses from early May, for which we are keen to find a deserving resident.

By the terms of Mr Tweedy’s will of the 16th Century, the Almshouses were originally founded to provide accommodation for “deserving knights of the parishes of Stock or Boreham”. Over the centuries this requirement has been modified and residents can be single men or women who currently live in, or have close connections with, Stock or Boreham and are retired from regular work. In case there is no-one who meets these criteria when a vacancy arises, candidates from adjacent parishes can also be considered by the trustees.

Each almshouse consists of a living room, bedroom, bathroom and kitchen; they are very small (approximately 330 square feet total floor area) and basic by modern standards. Each resident is considered to be a beneficiary of the charity and makes a monthly contribution to its running costs.

Applicants will be interviewed by the Trustees to ensure their suitability, and their decision is final. If you know of anyone who could benefit from a future in one of these quaint homes, please contact a trustee.


David Massey 07484 147100

Phil Cottee 07860 729129



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.


Scaffolding has gone from the south face of the Nave and Chancel roofs, with reclaimed tiles and new guttering revealed. Work is almost complete on the north face.

Roof work almost complete

The south face of the nave and chancel roofs have been completed, including new powder-coated guttering (paid for by our Friends).

Final work will soon be complete on the north face and it is hoped that all work will soon be completed.

We have managed to retain some of the old tiles but most are comparatively newer reclaimed hand-made tiles from another site. 

After some major timber repairs (with some more to go on the northern side of the nave), new felt has been added to both sides of both roofs. And new treated battens were added to hold the tiles.

Repairs also included some gutters and hoppers, plus some stonework. 

All this followed 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.

Last year 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 you can now admire how it has mostly appeared for centuries - and can 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.



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

Our Parish Safeguarding Officer is Judith Sabine, who may be contacted at church or by email at


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