St. Andrew's Church

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The Benefice

We are excited to be seeking a new Parish Priest to lead our Benefice of four Parishes with five churches. If you are moved to join us, we can offer you a wonderful opportunity to minister to a vibrant rural area, with a mixture of large and small churches, in beautiful North West Essex. Building on the progress we have already made since our Benefice was formed in 2017, our committed church communities are seeking to build and spread the word of the Lord.

We see tremendous opportunities for growth, taking advantage of the expansion of our villages, against a backdrop of committed and supportive congregations in our existing varied communities. If you feel that you, backed by our strong ministry team, can help us on the next stage of our Benefice journey, please take some time to read all about us ‑ and you would be welcome to come and visit us to experience all that we have to offer for you and your spiritual journey.

The Broader Context

Our Benefice is situated in the NW corner of the county of Essex within the District Council of Uttlesford. It forms a key part of the Saffron Walden Deanery and is in the Colchester Episcopal area in the Diocese of Chelmsford. The Benefice, as now constituted, was formed in June 2017 by joining the Parish of Thaxted with the existing Benefice of the The Sampfords with Radwinter and Hempstead (collectively known as the Villages).

Across our Benefice we benefit from a rich and diverse church tradition. Thaxted remains strongly Anglo Catholic, whereas Radwinter has become more 'middle-of-the-road Anglican' in recent years, and as such, similar to the tradition of the other three 'village' churches. Nonetheless our congregations mingle freely and join each other in worship, with the varying traditions respected and adding to the richness of our Benefice witness.

Christmas 2019

St. Andrew's looked a picture at Christmas 2019. A group of village ladies voluntarily clean and decorate the church for everyone's enjoyment. Traditional greenery was placed around the porch and on the windowsills inside; spray displays of carnations and greenery stood by the door and the chancel, a beautiful nativity scene was on display and a large Christmas tree was brightly lit to the side. The church was full for the Nine Lessons and Carols service on Christmas Eve and a warm welcome was extended to all.

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