Sunday Services Online

Churches are closed until further notice due to the Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. Please see below and also our Church at Home web page for ways to worship during this time.

At the moment the Saffron Walden and Villages Team Ministry is able to offer several ways in which you can worship online each Sunday. See below for details of our weekly pre-recorded 30 minute YouTube service and our Livestream 45 minute Eucharist at 9.30am each Sunday.
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Weekly Resources Church@Home Click here or on the logo on the left to access our Weekly Resources for parents to use with children and young people at home. If you would like to receive a weekly email of story and craft ideas from Matt our Children & Youth Leader then,  please let him know by email   For more resources for worshipping together as a family, please click here.

Online Worship for Sunday 5th April 2020 - Palm Sunday

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As a Team Ministry, we are producing a weekly video of a short act of worship. Today's service for Palm Sunday is led by Rev'd Alex Jeewan. Please click here or on the image on the right to see and listen to this 40 minute service. The service sheet can be downloaded here.  The readings can be followed in this week's Grapevine here. Also you can download previous Online Services here.


Livestream Sunday Eucharist

Livestream Eucharist-1-800You can participate in live Zoom Services led from various locations in the team. 9.30 am  Rev'd Paula Griffiths from the Saffron Walden and Villages Team Ministry will be celebrating the Eucharist each Sunday from her house.
10.00am Rev'd John Saxon is celebrating Communion from Debden Rectory. You are welcome to join any of these services - please email us at before 6pm on the Saturday beforehand to get the link. You will need to first download the free video conferencing app ZOOM from    Download a service sheet here for Palm Sunday 5th April.

You may also wish to join in with other churches who are live-streaming their services this Sunday. St John the Baptist in Epping, where former St Mary's SW curate Lee Batson is the Rector, will be broadcasting their Eucharist service on Facebook. Please click here to access.

There are many resources you may want to use to help you establish a prayer rhythm during this time and you can find the link here.

Please let us know which of these resources you find helpful so we can continue to produce them. Also, we would gratefully receive any ideas you may have as we work out how to serve you during this time.

And, until we meet again, may the  God of compassion, whose Son Jesus Christ, the child of Mary, shared the life of a home in Nazareth, and on the cross drew the whole human family to himself: strengthen us in our daily living that in joy and sorrow we may know the power of his presence to bind together and to heal; and the blessing of God Almighty, Father, Son and Holy Spirit be amongst us and remain with us always. Amen.

With love,

The Saffron Walden Team Ministry

Please also see our Church at Home web page for other ways to worship during this time.



Our usual pattern of Sunday Services can be seen below:

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Each Sunday there is  a traditional Holy Communion service at 8am without music or singing. There is also a service at 10am which involves the choir and music and takes the form of Holy Communion except on most third Sundays of the month when there is a family service.  Tea, coffee and biscuits are served after the 10am services when there is plenty of time to meet new people and ask more questions. There are also services each Sunday afternoon or evening which vary each week - see below.

Holy Communion at 8am (BCP)

This early morning communion service uses the traditional language of the Book of Common Prayer. There are no hymns, and there is a short sermon or talk. The service takes 40 minutes.

Team JC at 9.45am

Team JC (Our Sunday School) is for children aged 3 to 11 and meets on Sundays during term time, except  when there is a Family Service (usually the 3rd Sunday of each month).  Starting with breakfast in the Parish Rooms at 9.45am and finishing in the Church at 11.15am, there are stories, games and craft.

Holy Communion at 10am

The communion service that is usually on the first, second, fourth and fifth Sundays uses modern language liturgy from Common Worship and includes hymns along with a sermon.  During this time our children’s group, Team JC, meets nearby in the Parish Rooms and joins us just before we receive communion.  The service lasts about an hour and a quarter and refreshments are served afterwards. See photos taken at one of our 10am Holy Communion services.

Family Service at 10am

Usually on the third Sunday each month there is a shorter and more informal service which includes drama, a mix of contemporary songs and hymns and a short talk.   This lasts about 45 minutes and refreshments are served afterwards.

Holy Communion at 11.45am

This said service in modern language usually takes place on the third Sunday of the month, following the family services, and includes bible readings, a short sermon and prayers of intercession.  It is held in the North Chapel.

Holy Communion with Prayers for Wholeness and Healing.

This service of Holy Communion usually takes place on the 3rd Sunday of the month (6.30pm in Summer and 4pm in winter) and has a focus on prayers for healing. It includes hymns and a short talk and is held in the South Chapel.

Choral Evensong

This usually takes place on the 2nd Sunday of the month (6.30pm in Summer and 4pm in winter) and lasts an hour. Using the liturgy from the Book of Common Prayer this service includes an anthem and musical settings sung by the choir along with hymns and a sermon. To find out more have a look at our Choral Evensong service sheet.


A said service using the Book of Common Prayer which usually takes place on the 4th and 5th Sundays of the month (6.30pm in Summer and 4pm in winter)

Taizé Service

A Taizé service involves sung and chanted prayers, meditation, a period of silence, and liturgical readings. This takes places on Sunday afternoons/evenings several times a year in the North Chapel and lasts about 45 minutes. Download a past service sheet to give you a better idea about this service. Find out more about the Taizé Community here.

H2H at 6.30pm

(Highway to Heaven)  All are invited to our café-style worship led by our youth group, Aftershock.  H2H takes place in the Parish Rooms at 6.30pm on the 1st Sunday of each month.  Cake, coffee and tea provided. All welcome – young and old!