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Churches and worshipping communities

The Diocese of Chelmsford brings together more than 500 Church of England churches and worshipping communities across Essex and East London.

We are the second largest Diocese in the country in terms of population serving a population of more than 3 million people. We celebrate our huge diversity in terms of geography, demography, ethnicity, culture and church tradition.

A church near you 

Wherever you live, there is a Church of England church that is always there for you through life’s biggest moments – and at other times togo.  

Serving local communities

Our churches and worshipping communities are at the heart of their local communities across Essex and East London. This has particularly been the case in recent years as many of our communities have faced extraordinary challenges as a consequence of the COVID 19 pandemic and the current cost of living crisis. 

The news stories below provide an example of the work that they do. 


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Latest news from our churches and schools

St Mary's, Great Dunmow

Time Out at St Mary’s Church Great Dunmow

6 February 2024

The Rev Elsie Bouffler, shares the story of Time Out, a weekly drawing group at St Mary's Great Dunmow, that has brought people from across the community together.

All Saints, Springfield

Thirty Chelmsford Diocese churches receive Eco Church awards in 2023

30 January 2024

Thirty more Chelmsford Diocese churches receive A Rocha UK Eco Church Awards.

St Saviour's Church of England Primary School

St Saviour’s Church of England Primary School, Walthamstow, raises funds to support Syrian refugee family

20 January 2024

BBC London recently visited St Saviour's Church of England Primary School in Walthamstow to find out how pupils and teachers have been working with a local mosque to help a pupil and her father settle into a new home after fleeing Aleppo in Syria.

Plough Sunday blessing

Thaxted Parish Church celebrates Plough Sunday with Essex farming community

14 January 2024

On Sunday 14 January, Thaxted Parish Church celebrated Plough Sunday with members of the farming community from across Essex.

eating an dinner table

Soul food brings a community together

20 December 2023

St Andrew’s Church in Leytonstone began hosting the SoulFood Community Meal in partnership with Leytonstone Mutual Aid in 2022.

St Francis Community Pop Up Food Store

St Francis Community Pop Up Food Store offers a helping hand with the weekly shop

10 December 2023

St Francis Community Church in Chelmsford has set up a pop-up ‘social food store’ for families who are struggling to afford food amid the cost-of-living crisis.