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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