Willingale: St Christopher, Willingale

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The parish of St. Christopher’s, Willingale is a
fairly small rural village and has a population of
approximately 483. The main part of the village
is clustered around two churches with the
remainder of the properties in groups, scattered
over a wide area.


The Two Churches
Whilst not unique, two churches in one churchyard
is a rarity. St. Andrew’s church which is in the
care of the Churches Conservation Trust
(http://www.visitchurches.org.uk/) was built
before 1130 AD. The church of St. Christopher’ is
now used for all regular worship and dates from
around 1200AD but there is evidence in legal
papers that a wooden Saxon church was previously
on the site. The existing building has been
‘improved’ by succeeding generations from the 14th
century to the Victorian age. Currently there is
a project to restore the bells of St.
Christopher’s which is largely being carried out
by volunteers within the community.


Eucharist services follow the Common Worship
format.  Once a month a Family Service is held which is led
by either the Incumbent or a lay person from
within the church family. This service is of an
informal nature and is designed to encourage more
families with children to join the regular
congregation. A service of Evening Prayer is held on the third Sunday in the month is a service of reflection.

At the main festivals of Christmas,
Easter and Harvest members of the wider community
are invited to take part as readers etc.

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Mrs Jane Cass
Pound House
Shellow Road
(01277) 896 238 (Churchwarden)

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Family Service
An informal service to include children and young people
Every second Sunday at 9:30 AM for 1 hour
Family Friendly Refreshments Common Worship
Holy Communion
Common Worship
Every fourth Sunday at 9:30 AM for 1 hour
Common Worship
Evening Prayer
Book of Common Prayer
Every third Sunday at 6:00 PM for 1 hour
Book of Common Prayer



Wheelchair accessible toilets

(Hymn Books / Orders of Service etc.)
Stained Glass

Alpha course held within the United Benefice of Fyfield, Willingale, Moreton & Bovinger
Guided Tours Guidebooks
Church Open Opening times: 10.00am - 3.30pm (October to March) and 10.00am - 5.30pm (April to end September). If the church is not open when you want to visit, please contact Mrs Cass on 01277 896 238 or jkcass@sky.com
www.backtochurch.com Hall for Hire Willingale Village HallBookings contact: Mrs. S. Tottman: sue@willingalevillagehall.org.uk
Other information
A Church Near You ID (venue number): 6334
Built: 12th century
Style of worship: Central
Our Patron: Lord Chancellor
Archdeaconry: HARLOW (584)
Deanery: EPPING FOREST and ONGAR (58401)
Parish Legal Name: Willingale with Shellow tnd Berners Roding (580283 )
CofE Church Info: (608283 8/283)
Short URL: acny.uk/6334/
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The current editor is: Jane CASS

This page was last updated on Sunday 20th November 2016
Willingale: St Christopher : The Street, Willingale, Essex, CM5 0SJ

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