Our 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. Photo © Jon Smith.
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.
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.
Details of our usual pattern of Sunday services are to be found on the Services page of this website. This pattern is subject to occasional changes, such as during special seasons in the church's year, so 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.
For information about future events planned for our Layer churches we recommend that you regularly check the Forthcoming Events page of this site.
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
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
Payments to Layer de la Haye Church's Bank Account
The church of St John the Baptist, Layer de la Haye, has recently changed its banking arrangementa. If you make payments to this church by cheque, standing order or direct debit could you please note that the name of the church's bank account has changed. The name of the account is now St John the Baptist Church, Layer. (Posted 28/05/19)
Layer de la Haye Church - Design Award
The design for the church's new South Porch, WC, and Internal Re-ordering was submitted for a Diocesan Advisory Committee Design Award. Judging took place on Wednesday 27th March and our scheme was awarded 'Highly Commended'. Congratulations to all who were involved in this project and in particular to David Jones who did so much to drive it from start to finish. (Posted 07/04/19)
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 Stephen Cottrell
Bishop of Chelmsford
The Rt Revd Roger Morris
Bishop of Colchester
The Ven Ruth Patten
Archdeacon of Colchester
Revd Canon Sally Lodge
Area Dean of Witham
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