St Andrews Church
St. Andrews Church is situated on the edge of the village in Vicarage Lane West. It was built as long ago as 1330 on the site of a former church, and exists to serve the Parish of North Weald, which today includes Hastingwood and Thornwood. We are part of the Diocese of Chelmsford in the Church of England.
The walls were built using flints and old Roman bricks which can be clearly seen today. The Tower was added in 1500 and is the only building surviving in North Weald since Medieval times. After a fire in the early 1960’s the interior of the church was extensively rebuilt and the “modern” layout contrasts with the timeless appearance of the church building set in the Essex countryside! The large churchyard also contains significant graves and a memorial, maintained by the War Graves Commission, which reflects the importance of the former RAF North Weald during World War II and especially the Battle of Britain. Our church community maintains strong links with the RAF, groups such as the RAFA and Royal British Legion and also the work that continues today on North Weald Airfield.
The School has very close links with St Andrews Church. Fr James, the priest-in-charge, attends assembly twice a week and is an active member of the school’s Governing Body. A termly Eucharist is held in the school to which parents are most welcome. Groups of children and their families contribute to regular Family Communion services at St Andrew’s Church. A new initiative is a community Carol Service at Christmas, held in school but with contributions from both St Andrew’s and North Weald Methodist church, staff and pupils from the School, and local organizations.
The regular Sunday service at St Andrew’s church is at 9.15am and lasts just over an hour.
Fr James is always very happy to talk with any who want to enquire about marriage, baptisms or just to explore the Christian faith. He can be contacted as follows:
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