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

Welcome

C of E logoOur three parishes serve the Essex villages of Layer de la Haye, Birch, Layer Breton, and Layer Marney. We are part of the Church of England and our parishes are situated in attractive rural settings, just south of Colchester.

We welcome everyone who would like to join us for our services of worship, or our social events, regardless of the stage he or she has reached on their own spiritual journey. Meeting and worshipping together are essential parts of christian faith and life.

Thank you for visiting our website. Here we aim to provide a range of helpful and interesting information about our three parishes and their activities. Lower down this page are links to the main pages on the site, each with a brief explanation of content. If you would like to suggest additions to our pages, please contact the webmaster.


St John the Baptist, Layer de la Haye, Harvest Festival 2018
St John the Baptist, Layer de la Haye - Harvest Festival 2018.   Photo © Jon Smith.



TWTMlogoThe Benefice of Thurstable and Winstree and its Ministry Team

The three 'Layer' parishes are part of the Benefice of Thurstable and Winstree. The other six parishes in the benefice are Tolleshunt Knights with Tiptree, Great Braxted, Messing, Inworth, Copford and Easthorpe.

Clergy

The Revd Lydia Smith, based at Layer de la Haye, is Team Vicar and has day-to-day responsibility for leading ministry in the parishes of Layer de la Haye, Layer Breton with Birch, Layer Marney, Copford and Easthorpe.

The Revd Anne-Marie Renshaw, based at Tiptree, is Team Rector. She has overall responsibility for leading ministry in the benefice and day-to-day responsibility for the parishes of Tolleshunt Knights with Tiptree, Great Braxted, Messing and Inworth.

Baptisms, Weddings and Funerals

To discuss a baptism, wedding or funeral in the Layer, Copford and Easthorpe parishes please contact our Team Vicar, The Revd Lydia Smith.

Useful information for those considering a wedding in any of the churches in our benefice can be found on the page Wedding Information for Enquirers

Safeguarding Statement

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

Details of our Parish Safeguarding Representatives are:
Layer de la Haye: Anne Hughes, Tel: 01206-734168; Email: mrsmushroom@keme.co.uk
Layer Marney and Layer Breton with Birch: Judy Bancroft - Tel: 01206-330067; Email: jimmy.bancroft@btinternet.com

News

Online Sunday Morning Service for 2nd August 2020 – Eighth Sunday after Trinity

Virtual Church VisualEach Sunday we have a service of Morning Prayer on YouTube. This includes a bible reading, a reflection or talk, and prayers.

The service for Sunday, 2nd August, can be viewed on YouTube at youtu.be/VlQgkrrAtvU from 9:00 am on Sunday. Clicking on the link will take you straight to the video. You can view the service live at 9 o'clock or later at a time to suit you. The service is set as a YouTube Premiere and also a Facebook Premiere for Layer de la Haye, Layer Marney and Easthorpe. This allows those who tune in live to chat live also (or at least say hello to others).

The service and some of our previous services can also be viewed by following this link to our YouTube channel https://bit.ly/2OUOLZr


News Sheet for the Sundays, 26th July and 2nd August 2020

The news sheet (in PDF format) for the Layer, Copford and Easthorpe parishes, for the two Sundays, 26th July and 2nd August, can be viewed and/or downloaded by using this link: Weekly News Sheet.


Welcome Back to Public Worship

FACE COVERINGS: Official Church of England advice is that face coverings should be worn by
all those attending a place of worship and we encourage you to do so at our services.
Children under 11 and people with certain medical conditions are exempt.
If you have any concerns, do please get in touch.

Our churches are resuming public worship. Sunday services during August are as follows:

Sunday 2nd August
Eighth Sunday after Trinity
9:00am Holy Communion
10:30am Morning Praise
St John the Baptist, Layer de la Haye
St Mary the Virgin, Easthorpe
 
Sunday 9th August
Ninth Sunday after Trinity
9:00am Holy Communion
11:00am Holy Communion
St Mary the Virgin, Layer Marney
St Michael & All Angels, Copford
 
Sunday 16th August
Tenth Sunday after Trinity
9:00am Morning Prayer
10:30am Morning Praise
St Mary the Virgin, Layer Marney
St John the Baptist, Layer de la Haye
 
Sunday 23rd August
Eleventh Sunday after Trinity
9:00am Holy Communion
10:30am Holy Communion
St Mary the Virgin, Layer Breton
St John the Baptist, Layer de la Haye
 
Sunday 30th August
Twelfth Sunday after Trinity
9:00am Holy Communion
10:30am Holy Communion
St Mary the Virgin, Layer Marney
St Mary the Virgin, Easthorpe

These arrangements are subject to review so please check our websites and Facebook pages for up to date information.

If you are coming to services or visiting the church, please observe the government's social distancing guidelines 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.

Our online services will continue: for details, see the Online Sunday Morning Service item above.

If you have any questions, concerns or comments, please contact Lydia, our Team Vicar.


Open for Private Prayer

Our churches are now open for individual private prayer (except during services) as follows:

St John the Baptist, Layer de la Haye: Sundays and Wednesdays only, from 10:00am to 4:00pm.

St Mary the Virgin, Layer Marney: Sundays to Thursdays inclusive, from 10:00am to 4:00pm.

St Michael & All Angels, Copford: Sundays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, from 9:00am to 5:00pm.

St Mary the Virgin, Easthorpe: Sundays and Wednesdays only, from 10:00am to 4:00pm.

These arrangements are subject to review so please check our websites and Facebook pages for up to date information.

If you are visiting any of our churches, please observe the government’s social distancing guidelines 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.


Parish Magazines - July and August

Layer de la Haye Parish Gazette. The production of printed copies of the Parish Gazette recommenced with the July issue.

Parish News for Birch, Layer Breton and Layer Marney. The production and distribution of printed copies of Parish News remains suspended until further notice. We are grateful to our editor, Sue Walsham, for continuing to produce digital versions.

Use this link to view and/or download the AUGUST issue. This is a PDF document with a file size of approx 2.6 MB.

If you missed the July issue, it is still available to view and/or download by using this link: JULY issue. It is a PDF document with a file size of approx 6.34 MB.


Church Giving

Thank you to everyone who continues to give to our churches, by whatever means: it is much appreciated.

If you would like to help us with our costs by setting up a standing order or making payments direct (e.g. through internet banking) to one of our bank accounts, please contact Lydia, our Team Vicar, for the information you will need.

If you wish to make payments to the church of St John the Baptist, Layer de la Haye, whether by cheque, standing order or direct debit, please note that the name of its bank account is now St John the Baptist Church, Layer de la Haye.



Site Map

Further Afield - Our Parishes in Context

Our parishes are in the Witham Deanery.

Witham Deanery is in the Diocese of Chelmsford. To learn more about our large Diocese which stretches from heavily populated East London to quiet rural Essex villages, visit the Chelmsford Diocesan Website.

Diocesan Bishop
to be appointed
To be appointed
Bishop of Chelmsford
Area Bishop
Bishop Roger
The Rt Revd Roger Morris
Bishop of Colchester
Archdeacon
Ruth Patten
The Ven Ruth Patten
Archdeacon of Colchester
Acting Area Dean
Revd Simon Garwood
The Revd Simon Garwood
Witham Acting Area Dean

Page updated: 30 Jul 2020 at 11:16