St. Helen’s Roman Catholic Church Ongar with St. Margaret’s, Doddinghurst, Parish

Priest: Fr. Emile Nkumu

St. Helen's Roman Catholic Church

History

The Catholic Church in Ongar was built between 1868 and 1869 and consecrated to St. Helen on 21st April, 1969 by Archbishop Henry Manning of Westminster. The present Catholic Diocese of Brentwood was formed in 1917 and, on 15th August, 1918, the actual Parish of Ongar was established incorporating the Church of St. Helen’s. The Church, which underwent structural extensions in 1973, contains many fine stained-glass windows including a superb rose window depicting Mary and many Saints. One stained glass window is dedicated to the memory of Father Thomas Byles, a former Priest of the Parish, who became a local and national hero after sacrificing his own life in order to save the lives of other passengers on the ill-fated Titanic in 1914.

Many interesting facts about the history of the Church, as well as the story about the life and personal sacrifice of Father Byles, deceased, can be found in literature in the Church Porch. Since 1951, Masses have also been celebrated in the neighbouring Village of Doddinghurst at the Parish Hall and Mass Centre of St. Margaret of Scotland.

Visit us for Mass

Our present Priest is Father Emile Nkumu who celebrates daily Masses, except Mondays, at St. Helen’s at 9am on each weekday as well as at 5.30pm on Saturday and at 8.30am on Sunday, with a further Mass at 1 0am on Sunday at St. Margaret’s.

Contact

Father Emile can be contacted via the Parish Office on 01277 362645.

www.catholic-parish-ongar.org.uk

Ongar United Reformed Church

Ongar, Minister:  Rev. Cecil White

Sunday service 11.00am

  ONGAR UNITED REFORMED CHURCH

The church was founded in 1662 as a dissenting congregation, originally meeting in private houses, when the minister of the time, John Lorkin, was ejected from his living at St. Martin’s due to his refusal to sign the Act of Uniformity.   The present church was built in 1833 on the site of an earlier building and the halls, which have recently been refurbished, were built in 1919.

Our current minister is Rev. Cecil White who has his office at North Weald Methodist Church and can be contacted on 01992 523630 or 07483 147441 (email cewhaebea@gmail.com).  The church is part of the Herts & Essex Border Ecumenical Area (HAEBEA) and Cecil has charge of this church as well as North Weald Methodist, Epping Methodist and Epping United Reformed Church.

There have been many famous people associated with the church, including Rev. Isaac Taylor and his daughter, Jane, who wrote ‘Twinkle, twinkle, Little Star’, Rev. Richard Cecil, a renowned tutor for missionaries, and, of course, David Livingstone, who studied under him.

During the Town Festival, we shall be open to visitors, serving refreshments (weather permitting in our beautiful garden), as well as displaying our history in the church and featuring a history display by the Ongar Millenium History Society in our Livingstone Hall, all with a Second World War theme.

Our regular weekday events include Open House on Wednesday, to which anyone can ‘drop in’ for refreshments and a chat, and Twinkles toddler group on Thursday, open to all under 5s with their parents/grandparents/carers.

www.ongarurc.org.uk

St Mary’s High Ongar, All Saints Norton Mandeville, and St James Marden Ash.

Vicar: Rev. Stewart Gibbs

St Mary's High Ongar

On the day we hope to be hosting a street party in Ongar High Street offering samples of wartime and post war street party foods – such as Lord Woolton Pie, Spam sandwiches, Anzac biscuits and Victory cake, with squash to wash them down. At 3.00p.m., along with many other places around the festival, and around the UK, we will offer “The Nations’ Toast to the Heroes of World War 2” with a complimentary drink.

On the day we hope to be hosting a street party in Ongar High Street offering samples of wartime and post war street party foods – such as Lord Woolton Pie, Spam sandwiches, Anzac biscuits and Victory cake, with squash to wash them down. At 3.00p.m., along with many other places around the festival, and around the UK, we will offer “The Nations’ Toast to the Heroes of World War 2” with a complimentary drink.

Members of the High Ongar Community are invited to gather outside St Mary’s Church, High Ongar, at 6.45pm to light candles for each of the men from our village who did not return from WW2 and to commit ourselves to work for peace in the future.

Then, just as on May 8th 1945, at 7.00p.m. the bells of St Mary’s High Ongar will ring out in commemoration of the 75th anniversary – Ringing out for Peace.

We will also be lighting the trees around St Mary’s, at 7.00p.m., to commemorate the celebrations marking the end of 6 years of bloodshed.

Contact

www.parishofhighongar.org

St. Andrew’s Church of England, Greensted, St. Margaret’s Church of England, Stanford Rivers

Parish Priest: Rev. Neil Taylor

Greensted Church

Greensted Church will be conducting guided tours at set times throughout the day on Friday, 8th May and light refreshments will be available.

A piper will be playing “The Battle’s o’er“ in the churchyard at 3pm to commemorate the 75th anniversary of VE Day.

If you have never visited the oldest wooden church in the world, now is your opportunity to see where St Edmund’s body rested overnight in 1013 and where one of the Tolpuddle Martyrs was married in 1839.

Whilst there is good parking at the church, if you are able the best way to visit is by foot via the Essex Way adjoining Sainsbury’s car park….it will take about 20/25 minutes, although stout footwear is recommended.

For over 1000 years people have made the journey to this ancient church, why not make yours today….. you will be assured of a warm welcome.

Greensted Church is a living church where regular services are held on Sundays, please visit www.greenstedchurch.org.uk  or check the “Ongar News”.

St. Martin’s Church of England, Ongar

Rector: Rev. Noelle Taylor, Curate: Rev. Jane Quinton.

 

 St Martins Church

Open every day from 9 am to dusk. Pop in at any time to soak up the peaceful atmosphere of our beautiful church which is nearly 1,000 years old. 

As part of the Ongar Town Festival this year there will be a Celebration of Weddings that have taken place over the years since WW2 using actual period wedding dresses accompanied by floral arrangements. The centre piece will be an arrangement depicting a wedding in the forties. Delicious refreshments will be served in our V E Cafeteria in the church rooms on Friday. Additionally, there will be a Thanksgiving Service in the church at 4pm on Friday 8th.

We look forward to seeing you!

Contact

www.stmartinongar.org.uk

St. Peter’s Church of England, Shelley.