St Edmund, Abbess Roding

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St Edmund Abbess Roding is one of four Churches in the South Rodings Parish in the Deanery of Dunmow & Stansted and in the Diocese of Chelmsford. The Church is located in the north of the village and is situated in a small church yard, which is grassed and contains a number of trees. The church building is listed Grade II*.

It consists of a nave, chancel, north vestry, south porch and tower. The nave dates back to the fourteenth century and may have possibly been the rebuilding of an earlier nave, as there are indications that the Church is of twelfth century origin. The Church has a fine array of stained glass windows and three bells which are rung regularly. The Church is always kept open and is popular with visitors.

Despite having one of the largest nonconformist congregations in Essex in the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries St Edmund’s Church is now the only place of Worship in Abbess Roding. Two services are held in the Church during an average month. The Church enjoys a mixture of Common Worship and traditional Book of Common Prayer services but has a preference for the Prayer Book.

The Church plays a key role in the life of the village.The Local Church Committee organizes an annual Flower Festival weekend every September to raise money for Church funds. Each Christmas for over forty years the Church has organized Carol singing around Abbess & Beauchamp Roding to raise money for the Children’s Society.

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Holy Communion
A service of Holy Communion from the Book of Common Prayer.
Every third Sunday at 9:30 AM for ¾ hour
Book of Common Prayer
All Age Worship
Informal Worship for all ages followed by coffee. All are welcome.
Every fourth Sunday at 11:00 AM for ¾ hour
Family Friendly Refreshments


South Rodings Home Group
A weekly Bible Study group, very informal and lighthearted. A chance to share, learn and ask questions. Different topics covered over the year.
No Home Group during August.
Every Monday at 8:00 PM for 1 hour



Assistance dogs (eg guide dogs, hearing dogs, dogs for the disabled) welcome
Stained Glass
Guided Tours Guidebooks
Church Open The Church is always open.

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A Church Near You ID (venue number): 6137
Built: Present structure 14th Century. Church present on this site in the 12th Century.
Our Patron: Rt Hon Viscount Gough, The Lord Chancellor & The Bishop of Chelmsford
Archdeaconry: STANSTED (587)
Deanery: Dunmow and Stanstead (58703)
Parish Legal Name: The South Rodings (580506 )
CofE Church Info: (608506 8/506)
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The current editor is: Andrew Parmenter

This page was last updated on Thursday 28th September 2017
St Edmund, Abbess Roding, Essex, CM5 0PA

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