Ford End: St John the Evangelist, Ford End

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This lovely church (built in 1870 on an osier bed) was designed by Frederic Chancellor, with a super-confident catslide roof over the south aisle. The simple interior has wonderfully precise brickwork, a lovely arcade to the south aisle and windows of cathedral glass. It has a fine acoustic for the spoken word. The unstable ground led to the demolition of the east end, and for many years the tower was believed unsafe for bell-ringing, but now our fine peal of 6 bells (the lightest of its type in Essex) rings out joyfully again. Statues of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John guard the corners of the tower.
Inside we treasure the memorial to Rev’d Arthur Shearly Cripps, vicar here twice, who is revered as virtually a saint in Zimbabwe where he served as missionary. We also have Rolls of Duty & Honour listing villagers who volunteered to serve in WWI. It’s a happy church and services involve the local school and pre-school children and their familes.  All are welcome!

Please note: we share services and events with St Mary & St Lawrence, Great Waltham, and St Nicholas, Chignal Smealy.

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Order 1 service from Common Worship. Spoken service with hymns. There's a children's corner where children can draw or play quietly.
Every first and third Sunday at 9:30 AM for 1 hour
Refreshments Common Worship
Family Communion Service
Simple Communion Service for all the family.
Every second Sunday at 9:30 AM for ¾ hour
Family Friendly Refreshments
Family Service
Simple prayers, hymns and a talk, usually some craft work and refreshments - this is a service with children very much in mind. The bells are normally rung for this service (contact the Churchwarden if you would like to ring, or to learn to ring).
Every fourth Sunday at 9:30 AM for ¾ hour
Family Friendly Refreshments


Wednesday Morning Prayer
A quiet spoken Common Worship Morning Prayer. Everyone's welcome.
Every first and third Wednesday at 9:00 AM for ½ hour
Common Worship


Hall for Hire The church can be hired for meetings etc. Please contact the Churchwarden ( or 01245 361927)
Other information
Priest in charge: The Revd Caroline Jane BROWN
A Church Near You ID (venue number): 6380
Built: 1870
Architect: Frederic Chancellor
Style of worship: Generally slightly low church
Archdeaconry: CHELMSFORD (582)
Deanery: CHELMSFORD NORTH (58203)
Benefice: Gt Waltham w Ford End (08/196BT)
Parish Legal Name: Great Waltham with Ford End (580264 )
CofE Church Info: (608258 8/258)
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The current editor is: Alison Bates

This page was last updated on Saturday 27th August 2016
Ford End: St John the Evangelist : Church Lane/Sandon Hill, Ford End, Essex, CM3 1LJ

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