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.

Covid Update: The Government have announced that from Thursday, 27th January it will no longer be compulsory to wear a face covering in church, but we will continue to encourage you to do so. We will ensure that those who wish to be socially distanced are able to, in order to attend church. Please also remember to stay at home if you are not well, even if it is just a cold. Thank you for keeping everyone safe.

We ask that you register for Trace and Test as you arrive. This can be either by scanning the QR code using the app, or by the person on the door taking your details and ticking off on the sheet provided. This information will be kept for 21 days and then securely disposed of.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Christine Hall on weekdays 07421 078981 thurstableteamadmin@btinternet.com
At weekends if you have any queries, please contact the Churchwardens.
If you would prefer to join us from home you can join the Sunday Services at St Luke’s online in the usual way. Login details available from Rosemary, Anne-Marie or Christine Hall.

Please contact Rev Anne-Marie, on  amlrenshaw@btinternet.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