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St. Peter & St. Paul’s is the ancient Parish Church of Grays Thurrock. The building is ‘Grade II Listed’ and is an expression of nearly a 1000 years of Christian belief and worship within the community of Grays. The earliest parts of the present building are thought to have been built around 1100AD and in the years that have followed it has been much altered and extended. We are a large mixed age and gender congregation that reflects our multi-cultural community. 

The building underwent a major reordering and repair programme during the spring and summer of 2008. Following the closure of the building for six months, the church reopened in September 2008 and has since won a number of design and architecture awards as an outstanding example of church reordering. The building is now accessible, warm, bright, comfortable and welcoming together with modern toilet and kitchen servery facilities. Some further work was undertaken during 2013 to reinstate a medieval chapel which contains the remains of William Palmer (after whom Palmer’s College is named) who died in 1706.

Our main Sunday service takes place at 10.30am. Children’s Church groups meet which  cater for children aged 3 upwards. With growing numbers of young people, our Children’s Church meet in the Parish Church Hall, located at the rear of the Church. There are Children’s activities every week too, with the 2nd Sunday of the month being our All-Age Family Service with Baptism which is preceded by a 9am traditional service of Holy Communion taken from the ‘Book of Common Prayer’.

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Revd Canon Darren Barlow
Parish Office open Wednesday & Friday from 10am until 3pm
Tel: 01375 373215
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Holy Communion
A service of Holy Communion using the Book of Common Prayer including three traditional hymns. All welcome
Every second Sunday at 9:00 AM for 50 minutes
Book of Common Prayer
Morning Worship
A service of Holy Communion with children's church meeting on each Sunday other than the Second when the Service is an All Age act of worship. All welcome
Every Sunday at 10:30 AM for 1 hour
Family Friendly Creche Sunday School Refreshments Common Worship


Morning Prayer
A service of spoken Morning Prayer. All welcome
Every Tuesday at 9:15 AM for ¾ hour
Refreshments Common Worship


Holy Communion
A said service of Holy Communion using Common Worship which takes place in the Palmer Chapel. All welcome
Every Thursday at 10:30 AM for 40 minutes
Refreshments Common Worship


Church open for Refreshments & Prayer
The Church is open for tea, coffee, toast and prayer. All welcome
Every Friday at 10:00 AM for 2 hours
Family Friendly Refreshments


Morning Prayer
A service of spoken Morning Prayer with an extended time of intercession. All welcome
Every first Saturday at 9:15 AM for ¾ hour
Refreshments Common Worship



Wheelchair accessible toilets

Designated wider space(s) for people with a disabled parking badge

(Hymn Books / Orders of Service etc.)

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

Stained Glass Floodlight

Brass Rubbing

Emmaus, Alpha
Cafe / Restaurant
Church Open The church is open most weekday mornings from 10am until 12 noon. There is a Mid week service of Holy Communion on a Thursday morning at 10.30am. Hall for Hire
Other information
Incumbent: The Revd Canon Darren BARLOW
Team Vicar: The Revd Michelle Angela REYNOLDS
Team Vicar: The Revd Ian Charles HERBERT
Team Vicar: The Revd Ian Charles HERBERT
A Church Near You ID (venue number): 6341
Built: Approx. 1100AD
Style of worship: Central
Our Patron: The Lord Bishop of Chelmsford & CPAS
Archdeaconry: SOUTHEND (585)
Deanery: Thurrock (58503)
Benefice: Grays Thurrock (08/163CL)
Parish Legal Name: Grays Thurrock (580334 )
CofE Church Info: (608334 8/334)
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The current editor is: Darren Barlow

This page was last updated on Thursday 25th February 2016
Grays: St Peter & St Paul : High Street, Grays Town Centre, Grays, Essex, RM17 6LN

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