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St Andrew's Halstead

Team Rector: Revd John Blore
T: 01787 472 171

Reader: Mrs V Gagen
T: 01787 476442

Organist: Toby Parr

St Andrew's Church, Parsonage Street, Halstead CO9 2LD

Up-to-date information for the coming week can be found in The St Andrew's Halstead Notice Sheet which can be downloaded from Notice Board where you will also find some articles from the latest St Andrew's Halstead Magazine .

Sunday services

Each Sunday
Holy Communion (1662)
Said service, 40 mins.
Each Sunday
Parish Communion
Modern language, mixture of hymns, 60 mins. Followed by Coffee
3rd Sunday in term times
Sunday Club
Songs, Bible stories and crafts for those of school age
various Sundays
A mixture of evening services take place. The details of these can be found on the weekily notice sheet or in the magazine articles
5th Sunday
Team Service
Modern language, mixture of hymns, 60 mins. Location moves around the Team.
Each Thursday
Said Communion
Modern language, Address, 40 mins.

A Brief History of St.Andrews Church

It was the Saxons who gave the town its name: ‘Hael’ meaning healthy or well, and ‘stead’ meaning place. The name was undoubtedly due in no small part to the fast stream of refreshing water they found here.

Anglo-Saxon tradition was passed on orally rather than in writing so very little is known about the first millennium. Most of the parish was held by the Anglo-Saxon Godwin, Earl of Kent but, with the Norman invasion we see some changes. Halstead increases in size enough to be recorded in the Doomsday Book (1086) and the land comes under the control of Norman lords and knights.

There is documentary evidence of a church having been on the site of St.Andrew’s in the reign of King John (1199 -1216). In 1251 a Royal Charter was granted for a weekly market near to the church and Halstead’s growth was confirmed. In 1311 the Bouchier family became the most influential local lords and began a dynasty that was to have influence locally and nationally into the 16th Century. The Bouchier chapel in St.Andrew’s can be seen during the ‘virtual walk’ around the church.

The greater part of the church - the nave, north and south aisles and the chancel, dates from the early years of the 14th Century. In the 15th Century there were the minor additions of the north vestry, and north and south porches. The physical look of the church then remained largely unaltered until 1850 when the west end was extended and the dominant tower was added.

The early history of the life of the church community and of the town are best recorded in Holman’s Halstead, Being Historical Notes Arranged by William Holman, "Pastor of the Church of Protestant Dissenters" in Halstead, Essex, 1700-1730 A.D. For more recent details please contact Halstead Town Council.

The building is a Grade 2* listed building and the cost of maintaining it in its splendid condition is a major financial consideration. 'The Friends of St.Andrew’s' exists to help raise funds and co-ordinate work on the church building, not to support its ministry, any revenue generated by this site goes directly to the Friends. If you would like to help us in this work, for us and for future generations, please contact the Friends.

Eucharistic Minsters Rota (January 2008) can be downloaded from

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Readers and Intercessors Rota (January 2008) can be downloaded from

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