EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES
This flooding by the River Wid persisted for some days
Our Nine Lessons and Carols Service
We were delighted to welcome 41 people to our Nine Lessons and Carols Service which included 5 young children on 17th December. See other activities at: Events page
The church stands ready and the congregation gathers
another view of the congregation and time for home
On 15th October we held our Pet Service which attracted some dogs (and parishioners!) .
A congregation of 15 enjoyed our Sea Sunday Service.
For the occasion, models of a Thames Barge, representing coastal seamen and the Cutty Sark, representing deep sea sailors were displayed on the Red Ensign flown on TNS Tenacious which sailed the Atlantic in 2004 with Bryan on board as a watchleader.
MAINTAINING OUR CHURCH
Below we show some photos of the Churchyard Group in action on our recent successful Autumn Tidy up Day.:
RIDE AND STRIDE
Once again we were pleased to welcome visitors to the Church for the Friends of Essex Churches Ride and Stride fundraiser.
Three visitors with Peter Loweth and Tim. Paul and Wendy Butterworth with their son, Liam, seen here with Wendy and Alison.
OPEN DAY APRIL 2023
Below we show some photos of our recent successful Open Day which raised over £700 for Parish funds:
PLANTING OF A PEAR TREE
On Saturday 19th November we attended the planting of a pear tree in the Churchyard. There is a legend that St Botolph preached under a pear tree at the present church site in the 7th century whilst attending Saint Cedd on his journey through Essex converting the East Saxons to Christianity. It is believed that an Anglo Saxon church was built on the site.As usual I got chatting to some walkers, & it turns out a lady who is from Ukraine & remembers visiting Buttsbury last year at the Fete, shes now taken a job at a hotel in Margaretting, she was also with her her husband, turns out he was a teacher of ancient Greek Archaeology in Ukraine & has now an exibit at Chelmsford Museum, the third member was thier son who's an Egyptologist!, I thought it strange after I'd showed the father the Roman Tiles inset into the walls & he gave me the dimensions of Roman tiles to the cm, & described how Kiev the ancient Church has Roman clay urns set into its dome to improve orchestics.
As you can see below, the tree was donated by Paul Butterworth and planted by the Billericay Tree Wardens to commemorate that foundation of the Church by St Botolph.
REMEMBRANCE DAY SERVICE 2022
Our Remembrance Day Service was held on Sunday 13th November and we show below views of the Church afterwards