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.
The church is open daily between 9.00am and the earlier of dusk or 5.30pm.
Updated information @ 7th August 2020
Our churches are resuming public worship from 12 July 2020, as follows:
2 August 9am Holy Communion – Layer de la Haye & 10.30 am Morning Praise – Easthorpe
9am Holy Communion – Layer Marney & 11am Holy Communion – Copford **
16 August 9am Morning Prayer – Layer Marney & 10.30am Morning Praise – Layer de la Haye
23 August 9am Holy Communion – Layer Breton & 10.30am Holy Communion – Layer de la Haye
30 August 9am Holy Communion – Layer Marney & 10.30am Holy Communion – Easthorpe
** Due to unforeseen circumstances, both services on Sunday 9th August have had to be cancelled, however there will be services at Messing Church at 11am – Morning Worship or at Great Braxted Church at 11.15am – Holy Communion.
Copford Church is open for private prayer on Saturdays, Sundays, Tuesdays & Thursdays.
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.
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 email@example.com with any questions, concerns or comments.
Our virtual service is at https://youtu.be/Cls4axNX9rc from 9am on Sunday, 9th August.
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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:
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.churchofengland.org/more/safeguarding
Details of our Parish Safeguarding Representative are: Susan Collins 01206 211 294 or email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org