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 on Saturdays, Sundays, Tuesdays & Thursdays, from 9am and the earlier of dusk or 5.30pm.

Updated information @ 31st October 2020

If you are coming to services or visiting 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 note that our online services will continue: see our websites and Facebook page for details.

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

Virtual church

The Online Service via Youtube at https://youtu.be/D3pofA3x59Y and on Facebook from 9am on Sunday.  We are using YouTube and Facebook Premiere, so if you watch at 9am on either platform, you’ll be able  to chat with others who are watching at that time.  And the video will still be available afterwards if  you’d rather have a lie-in!  


Help systems
If you need some help, or if you’d like to offer help in your village, here are the contacts:
Layer de la Haye – contact Anne Hughes 734168 or Maggie Holmes 738868
Birch, Layer Breton and Layer Marney – contact Elaine Bowtle on 01206 330388 for extra support or offers of help.  There’s also a Layer Marney WhatsApp group for helpers – contact Karen on 07917 850860 to join.
Easthorpe – contact Julie Worrsam 01206 213709 or 07887 690062 and Copford – contact Heather Garnham on 01206 211494 or 07749 868602 call 07939 597176 or email copfordwitheasthorpepc@gmail.com 
And if you’d like a chat over the phone (or know someone who’d appreciate a call) with Lydia, the Vicar, please call 01206 738759.  


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 01206 211 294 or 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 tel. 01206 210079 or email mulberrylodge32@tiscali.co.uk