Epping: St John the Baptist, Epping

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St John's Church is an active parish church with a congregation mostly drawn from the town of Epping and representing and including a wide cross-section of the community and different ways of expressing faith. We work with all the local schools, including the local church secondary school and have several different children's groups for different ages, including a mid-week pram service. We have good community links, acting as a concert venue and hosting an annual Art Exhibition and Christmas Tree and Crib Festival as well as a range of church services.

There are regular services on Sundays and midweek services on Wednesdays (Common Worship) and Fridays (BCP). Morning Prayer is said regularly.   St John's Church also serves the community with baptisms, weddings and funerals and is one of the three churches in the deanery large enough to host confirmation services.

The organ is one of the finest to be found in a parish church and the current director of music runs several other choirs as well as the church choir. Children are welcomed into the choir and follow the RSCM's Voice for Life scheme. Our monthly informal lay-led all-age worship services are accompanied by an instrumental group.

There has been a place of worship on the site of the church of St John the Baptist for hundreds of years. The present church was built between 1889 and 1909 to the design of architect G.F. Bodley and has three windows and an organ case designed by Charles Eamer Kempe. Kempe was also an architect and had done a lot of work for Ernest Wythes, the owner of nearby Copped Hall – who largely funded the building work for St John's.

The church is open from around 9am to 3pm most weekdays and 10am to 2pm most Saturdays for people to enjoy the tranquility, light candles, pray and add prayers to the board. We offer coffee in the church on Monday,  market day, alongside a very popular second-hand bookstall raising money for church funds.

St John's is part of the Epping District Team Ministry.

St John's Church only holds the most recent registers of baptisms and marriages. There are no records of burials as there is no graveyard. All others are held at the Essex Records Office in Chelmsford.

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Epping District Team Office
St John's House,
St John's Road,
CM16 5DN
(01992) 575570 (Parish Office) or (01992) 579935 (Team Administrator number)

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Holy Eucharist
Said service, usually from the 1662 Book of Common Prayer. For feasts Common Worship is used.
Every Sunday at 8:00 AM for ½ hour
Book of Common Prayer Common Worship
Holy Eucharist
Weekly main Sunday service of Holy Eucharist, sung, accompanied by robed choir and organ
Every first third fourth and fifth Sunday at 9:20 AM for 1 hour and 10 minutes.
Family Friendly Creche Sunday School Refreshments Common Worship
UpFront Service
Lay Led service of the word accompanied by instrumental group.
Every second Sunday at 9:20 AM for ¾ hour
Family Friendly Refreshments
Labyrinth Prayer
Contemplative prayer walking a labyrinth - an ancient form of prayer. Takes about 10-20 minutes to walk. Come along whenever you want.
Every third Sunday at 5:30 PM for 1½ hours
Family Friendly
Choral Evensong
Monthly Choral Evensong with sung settings and hymns.
Every second Sunday at 6:00 PM for 1 hour
Book of Common Prayer


Morning Prayer
Said in the Transfiguration Chapel regularly during the week using Common Worship : Daily Prayer
Every Monday at 8:30 AM for ½ hour
Common Worship
Market Day Coffee
Market Day coffee with time to sit and chat during the Monday market - There's a second hand book stall
Not Bank Holidays
Every Monday at 10:00 AM for 2 hours
Family Friendly Refreshments
Bible Study
Bible Study held once a month, following a book of the Bible
Term time only
Every second Monday at 8:00 PM


Morning Prayer
Said in the Transfiguration Chapel regularly during the week using Common Worship : Daily Prayer
Every Tuesday at 8:30 AM for ½ hour
Common Worship
Tuesday Fellowship
Group that meets once a month in the Lady Chapel on a Tuesday to pray together and support each other
Every second Tuesday at 10:00 AM for 1 hour


Morning Prayer
Said in the Transfiguration Chapel regularly during the week using Common Worship : Daily Prayer
Every Wednesday at 8:30 AM for ½ hour
Common Worship
Holy Eucharist
Midweek said Holy Eucharist, held in the Lady Chapel
Every Wednesday at 9:30 AM for ½ hour
Refreshments Common Worship
Evening Prayer
Evening service with time to chat to clergy
Every Wednesday at 5:00 PM for ½ hour
Family Friendly Common Worship


Morning Prayer
Said in the Transfiguration Chapel regularly during the week using Common Worship : Daily Prayer
Every Thursday at 8:30 AM for ½ hour
Common Worship
Church Mice
Short act of worship, 20 minutes of prayer, songs, Bible story, prayer and songs, followed by time to chat and play for parents/carers and pre-school children
In term time only
Every Thursday at 10:00 AM for 1 hour
Family Friendly Refreshments


Morning Prayer
Said in the Transfiguration Chapel regularly during the week using Common Worship : Daily Prayer
Every Friday at 8:30 AM for ½ hour
Common Worship
Holy Eucharist
Said BCP Holy Eucharist Service held in the Lady Chapel
Every Friday at 12:00 PM for ½ hour
Book of Common Prayer


Office Appointments
Appointments to book weddings and baptisms in the office
Every second and fourth Saturday at 10:00 AM for 2 hours



Wheelchair accessible toilets

(Hymn Books / Orders of Service etc.)

Assistance dogs (eg guide dogs, hearing dogs, dogs for the disabled) welcome
Stained Glass


Several different nurture groups: the Nurture Group supports growing Christians in understanding the Bible, monthly Beer & Bible, Emmaus Group; monthly Bible Study group; Spiritual Book Club; Lent Groups
Church Open Monday to Friday 9:00am to 3:00pm in term time, Saturday 10:00am to 2:00pm, Sunday for services
www.backtochurch.com Hall for Hire Church Hall available for hire on St Johns Road. Contact the office on 01992 575570
Other information
Team Vicar: The Revd Bryony Clare MORRISON
A Church Near You ID (venue number): 6305
Built: 1889 to 1909
Architect: GF Bodley
Style of worship: Parish church providing worship for all
Our Patron: Bishop of Chelmsford
Archdeaconry: HARLOW (584)
Deanery: EPPING FOREST and ONGAR (58401)
Benefice: Epping Distr (08/131BL)
Parish Legal Name: Epping (580028 )
CofE Church Info: (608028 8/28)
Short URL: acny.uk/6305/
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This page was last updated on Wednesday 7th December 2016
Epping: St John the Baptist : High Street, Epping, Essex, CM165DN

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