Thurstable and Winstree Team Ministry

serving the parishes of Tolleshunt Knights with Tiptree, Great Braxted, Copford, Easthorpe, Messing, Inworth,
Layer de la Haye, Layer Breton with Birch, and Layer Marney

The 'Layer' Parishes
Layer de la Haye • Layer Breton with Birch • Layer Marney

Services of Worship

Normal Times of Sunday Services

In our three 'Layer' villages, services of worship are held at the following churches:

LAYER DE LA HAYE - St John the Baptist
LAYER BRETON - St Mary the Virgin
LAYER MARNEY - St Mary the Virgin

Elsewhere on this website you can find information on the church buildings and their locations.

During the recent interregnum the three 'Layer' parishes maintained regular Sunday services, broadly following the pattern in use before the Revd Martin Clarke's retirement. It is anticipated we will continue to follow this pattern until our new Team Vicar has had an opportunity to assess what arrangements are practical and sustainable for the future, bearing in mind she has five churches, not three, to look after.

The pattern of services in each of our three Layer churches, as followed during the interregnum, is shown in the relevant table below. We do recommend that you regularly check for any changes by visiting the Forthcoming Events page of this website and looking in our monthly publications : the Parish Gazette, for services at Layer de la Haye, and Parish News for services at Layer Marney and Layer Breton.

Fifth Sunday in the Month: When there is a 'fifth Sunday' in a month, our three Layer parishes come together for a joint Holy Communion Service. The venue for this rotates around each of our three churches. The venue is usually advertised on this website but we advise you to check in the Parish Gazette or in Parish News.

St John the Baptist, Layer de la Haye

The usual pattern of Sunday services at Layer de la Haye is shown below, but please check the Forthcoming Events page for changes.

First Sunday in the Month8-00am
9-30am
6-30pm
Holy Communion
Family Service
Evening Prayer
Second Sunday in the Month10-30am
6-30pm
Holy Communion
Evening Prayer
Third Sunday in the Month9-30am
6-30pm
Morning Praise
Evening Prayer
Fourth Sunday in the Month10-30am
6-30pm
Holy Communion
Evening Prayer
Fifth Sunday in the Month9-30am

6-30pm
Joint 'Layer Parishes' Holy Communion
Check venue - rotates around our three churches
Evening Prayer

St Mary the Virgin, Layer Marney

The usual pattern of Sunday services at Layer Marney is shown below, but please check the Forthcoming Events page for changes.

First Sunday in the Month9-00amMorning Prayer
Second Sunday in the Month9-00amHoly Communion and Sunday School
Third Sunday in the Month9-00amMorning Prayer
Fourth Sunday in the Month9-00amHoly Communion and Sunday School
Fifth Sunday in the Month9-30amJoint 'Layer Parishes' Holy Communion
Check venue - rotates around our three churches

St Mary the Virgin, Layer Breton

The usual pattern of Sunday services at Layer Breton is shown below, but please check the Forthcoming Events page for changes.

First Sunday in the Month10-30amHoly Communion
Second Sunday in the Month10-30amMorning Prayer
Third Sunday in the Month10-30amHoly Communion
Fourth Sunday in the Month10-30amFamily Service of the Word
Fifth Sunday in the Month9-30amJoint 'Layer Parishes' Holy Communion
Check venue - rotates around our three churches

Orders of Service - Common Worship

We use Common Worship Holy Communion Order One for all Holy Communion Services in the Layer parishes. The order of service is printed in an easy to follow booklet which is provided in all our churches.

Layer Marney uses a Common Worship order for Morning Prayer.

Layer de la Haye uses a Common Worship order for Evening Prayer.

Bible Readings at Services: The Common Worship Lectionary is followed. From Advent Sunday, 1st December 2013, we are using the Lectionary for Year A (2013 - 2014).


Page updated: 09 APR 2014