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The Benefice of Bentley Common, Kelvedon Hatch and Navestock

Three different churches worshipping one God

Please see individual church Facebook pages for media during this time and also link below for combined YouTube site for Sunday Services and Midweek prayer.

God willing, all the benefice churches will be open at their usual times for Sunday services from 26th July. Please refer to the benefice Youtube site or the relevant church Facebook page for special arrangements during Covid-19 pandemic (Short procedure video)

Links to Facebook pages are under the church pictures on this page

Welcome to the website of the Benefice of St Paul's Bentley Common, St Nicholas' Kelvedon Hatch and St Thomas' Navestock. The three churches are located in a pleasant semi-rural area of Essex between Brentwood and Chipping Ongar. The website contains a lot of information about the three churches and will give you a flavour of the spiritual life here. We hope you will find the information you are looking for and maybe even visit us. You will be very welcome. All three churches are open to the general public every day from about 9.30am until 5.00pm for quiet prayer and reflection. You can leave prayer requests and sign the visitors' book.

We are committed to Safeguarding Children, Young People, Victims/perpetrators of domestic abuse and vulnerable adults.
The PCC's have adopted the Church of England's policies and best practice on safeguarding which may be found on the Church of England's website

Parish Officers: 
St Paul's             Pam Biddulph          01277 364927 
St Nicholas'        Rosemary Gorton    01277 374537
St Thomas'        Jan Savill                  01708 688649

We are now delighted to announce that the Benefice has a new priest in charge, the Rev Julie Hardy licensed  and ready for action.
At the moment we are all in Covid-19 lockdown but Rev Julie is contactable on the rectory number as listed lower on this page.

For enquiries about weddings, please contact:

 Karen Webb after 6pm on 07568 084575 

Administration for the Benefice is still being undertaken at the  Rectory.  All correspondence should be sent to the address below:     

The Rectory

2 Church Road

Kelvedon Hatch


Essex. CM14 5TJ

01277 373486

To contact the Benefice Administrator,

Mrs Carol Tomsett:

On Thursdays only between 9.00 a.m. and 1.00 p.m.

01277 373486

Follow St Paul's on Facebook at:

YouTube Video

YouTube Video

YouTube Video


CM14 5RZ

CM14 5TJ

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To book a wedding or a christening at any of the three churches or to mark another important occasion in your life, please contact the Rector (contact details opposite.)