Church of England Diocese of Chelmsford The South Rodings

About Us

Leaden Roding parish was first linked with Aythorpe Roding and High Roding churches but this was changed in a reorganisation in 1995 to link with Abbess, White and Beauchamp Roding parishes, becoming a joint benefice. The group has worked closely together and has now joined to become the South Rodings Parish, having one PCC, and Local Church Committees to support the Wardens and officers. There are two services in an average month with both Common Worship and the Book of Common Prayer in regular use. St Michael and All Angels church was the first Church in the area to have a lead roof, from which the village is said to have taken its name. It is a Norman style building with parts dating from the 11th century, with the porch and vestry added in the 19th century. The squat shingled bell tower houses three bells, one of which is reputed to be the oldest in Essex, dated at 1523. The bells are chimed regularly but extensive renovation is required before they can be rung fully. A Holditch Organ was installed in the church in 2000 and is played regularly.