Welcome to the website for St. Michael & All Angels church and the Friends of Copford Church


Ranked in the ‘Top 100’ by Simon Jenkins in his book “England’s Thousand Best Churches”. Described by Pevsner as “the most remarkable Norman parish church in the county”

What is it that makes St. Michael & All Angels church, Copford, so special?   It is interesting architecturally and has a pretty woodland setting, on the edge of our small village, beside the cricket pitch. However, the remarkable Norman wall paintings are the real attraction, described by Simon Jenkins as “amongst the best in England”. Only five minutes off the A12 just south of Colchester, they are certainly worth a detour if you are visiting East Anglia.

Copford Church is open for private prayer every day, from 9am and the earlier of dusk or 5.30pm.  However, due to current lockdown regulations there will be no services held in church for the time being. Services in the Benefice will be resuming from 18th April onwards.

Updated information @ 7th May 2021

Lydia, our Team Vicar, continues to provide on-line Sunday services on YouTube and Zoom.
Here are details for our online services;
From 9am on Facebook and YouTube at https://youtu.be/MxC8_Hw5g0o.
If you are coming to visit the church, please observe the government’s social distancing guidelines, wear a mask and use the hand sanitiser provided. To keep others safe, please do not enter if you have COVID-19 symptoms.  Those who are shielding or self-isolating also should not visit. We now have in place the QR system barcode for ‘Track & Trace’, so if you’ve downloaded the NHS App, you’ll be able to scan the bar code in on your arrival rather than using pen & paper method!

Please contact me, Rev Lydia, on 01206 738759 or revlydiasmith@gmail.com with any questions, concerns or comments.


Church of England
You can read the guidance, along with the letter from the Archbishops, here:

Safeguarding Policy

We are committed to Safeguarding children and young people and vulnerable adults.

The PCC has adopted the Church of England’s policies and best practice on safeguarding which may be found on the Church of England’s website: https://www.chelmsford.anglican.org/safeguarding/safeguarding-contacts

Details of our Parish Safeguarding Representative are:  Susan Collins Email: suecollins0512@gmail.com

Mothers’ Union

Mothers’ Union is a Christian organisation for all who have been baptised – men are welcome too! – and seeks to encourage and support families, marriage and a fair and just society for all.  There are more than 3.6 million members living in over 78 countries in the world.

For further information contact Barbara Moore on email mulberrylodge32@tiscali.co.uk