The three 'Layer' 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.
Our parishes are within the 9-parish Benefice of Thurstable and Winstree. The Layer parishes work closely with the parishes of Copford and Easthorpe. The other four parishes in the benefice are Tolleshunt Knights with Tiptree, Great Braxted, Messing and Inworth.
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.
On this website you can find a range of information about our 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 - The Sanctuary
The Team Rector, with overall responsibility for leading ministry in the benefice, is The Rev'd Anne-Marie Renshaw.
Team Vicar Designate: The Rev'd Jackson Crompton-Battersby.
Associate Priests: The Rev'ds Liz Barnes, Christine Eaton, Ruth Hatchett and Michael Hatchett.
To discuss a baptism, wedding or funeral please contact the Team Rector, The Revd Anne-Marie Renshaw.
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
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Layer Marney and Layer Breton with Birch: Judy Bancroft - Tel: 01206-330067; Email: email@example.com
Weekly Newssheet for Weeks Commencing Sundays, 7th and 14th August 2022
The newssheet (in PDF format) for the benefice's nine parishes for the above Sundays can be viewed and/or downloaded by using this link: Weekly Newssheet.
Team Vicar Designate - The Rev'd Jackson Crompton-Battersby
It was announced in church on Sunday 17th July that the Rev'd Jackson Crompton-Battersby has been appointed Team Vicar in our benefice. Jackson is currently in charge of the Benefice of Elmsett w Aldham, Hintlesham, Chattisham & Kersey, in the Diocese of St.Edmundsbury & Ipswich. It is expected that he will be licensed to serve in our benefice, and take up his new appointment, in November. His responsibilities will include looking after the parishes of Layer de la Haye and Copford, and spending time in our three Church primary schools (Layer de la Haye, Copford and Birch). Jackson is married to Holly (also a priest) and they will live in the Vicarage at Layer de la Haye.
Please pray for Jackson as he prepares for his new ministry among us, and for him and Holly as they prepare to leave Elmsett and come to Layer de la Haye.
A Prayer for the Ukraine Situation
God of peace and justice, we pray for the people of Ukraine and Russia today.
We pray for peace and the laying down of weapons.
We pray for all those who fear for tomorrow, that your Spirit of comfort would draw near to them.
We pray for those with power over war or peace, for wisdom, discernment and compassion to guide their decisions.
Above all, we pray for all your precious children, at risk and in fear, that you would hold and protect them.
We pray in the name of Jesus, the Prince of Peace. Amen.
Sunday Services on Zoom
9:30am Family Communion at St Luke, Tiptree
Zoom logon details are available from:
Christine Hall, Team Administrator - Email: firstname.lastname@example.org , or from
The Revd Anne-Marie Renshaw, Team Rector - Email: email@example.com
Our Churches Open for Private Prayer
Our churches are open for individual private prayer (except during services) as follows:
St John the Baptist, Layer de la Haye: Open daily from 10:00am to 4:00pm.
St Mary the Virgin, Layer Marney: Open daily from 10:00am to 4:00pm.
If you would prefer to visit Layer Marney Church at a quiet time, please see the entries on our weekly news sheet under 'Coming Up This Week' to check when the church will be busy. In addition, other activities may also be taking place during the week when we are preparing for wedding ceremonies and other services.
St Michael & All Angels, Copford: Open daily from 9:00am to 4:00pm.
St Mary the Virgin, Easthorpe: Open daily from 10:00am to 4:00pm.
The above days and times are those effective as at 1st April 2022 but are subject to review. Please check our websites and Facebook pages for any changes.
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.
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 your PCC Treasurer for the information you will need. (For Layer de la Haye parish this is Mrs Anne Hughes (01206-734168))
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.
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.
The Rt Revd Dr Guli Francis-Dehqani
Bishop of Chelmsford
The Rt Revd Roger Morris
Bishop of Colchester
The Ven Ruth Patten
Archdeacon of Colchester
The Revd Simon Garwood
Witham Area Dean
Page updated: 05 Aug 2022 at 10:02