Welcome to the Six Parishes

The ‘Six Parishes’ are part of a group of ten Church of England churches which cover the villages of The Rodings, Easters and Great Canfield in the Diocese of Chelmsford.  We are located in rural west Essex, under the leadership of Revd Robert Stone.

Across the parishes we offer a friendly welcome to both those living locally and visitors – whether you are checking out for the first time what following Jesus Christ means or if you already know Him.

Along with our four neighbouring churches which make up the parish of the South Rodings, we offer a range of services from the more informal all age services to more traditional services including Book of Common Prayer Holy Communion and Evening Prayer.  Service details can be found on the ‘When we meet’ page.


Our buildings are RE-OPENING for public worship in line with latest government guidance on SUNDAY 6 DECEMBER. 

Advent, see this link for an online advent calendar https://adventonline.faith/advent-calendar/ This covers the themes of Hope, Peace, Love and Joy through the lenses of scripture, music, visual art, tradition, and creative writing, On the ‘children and youth’ page of our website you will find a special Advent activity for children.

Christmas services, we look forward to welcoming you to our churches during the festive season, details of what’s on can be viewed here Numbers are restricted and it will be necessary to book for some of the services.

To book Good Easter carol services, or Christmas Day call Jill on 01245 231248

To book High Easter Christingle, contact Allison (Parish Administrator) via email or 07960 796346

To book White Roding carol service call Judith on 01279 876186 or 07745 072264

On Christmas Eve High Roding and Leaden Roding churches will be open from 2pm to 5pm for Christmas Crib Experiences. No need to book. There will be carols playing and an opportunity to stop at various Christmas story scenes to reflect. The final scene will of course be the crib, and this year we would like you to bring a paper angel to add to the scene so that by the time everyone has visited we will have our own heavenly host declaring “Joy to the World!”.

In addition to the Christingle service on Christmas Eve there will be a ‘Christingle Experience’ throughout the Christmas week for families to take part in at High Easter. There will be the chance to build your own Christingle and to walk round the churchyard to find out about each element, ending with the light of Jesus. More details to follow ….

Weekly Notice Sheet 10C 291120

We are OPEN for individual private prayer at High Easter on Wednesdays and Sundays please see notice board for exact times. At Good Easter all day Sunday and Leaden Roding Sunday afternoons between 3pm and 5pm.

We continue to meet on Zoom for our mid-week service, for our 10 churches prayer meeting on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month at 8pm, and for Home Group Fridays at 2pm. Please see ‘onlinechurch’ for details.

Financial Giving – We are very grateful to the generosity of so many people who provide their time, talents and financial support to sustain the life and ministry of the 10 churches.  Regular giving is essential to help us plan our mission and ministry and to pay the insurance and cover maintenance for our 10 historic church buildings. The loss of income from giving in the collection plate on Sunday mornings, from not being able to hold weddings and funeral services in church and the loss of a number of planned community fundraising events, is having a major impact on our income, whilst the outgoings remain largely unchanged. We need income of at least £8,500 per month across the 10 churches to balance the books.  If you can support any of our village churches with a regular or one-off donation we would be very grateful. There are further details on how to give here. Thank you.


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

If you wish to contact our Parish Safeguarding Representative please see ‘About Us and Policies’.


Use this link to see what’s happening in the South Rodings parish, https://e-voice.org.uk/southrodingschurches/