In 1994 the vision for an ecumenical church in Great Notley emerged from a small woman’s prayer group.

The group gained the support of Churches Together in Braintree and then the senior church leaders of Churches Together in Essex and East London (CTEEL) who became the sponsoring body.

Land was gifted from Countryside Properties for a church in the new garden village of Great Notley.

The first meeting of the Project Steering Group was held in 1998. Ecumenical representatives of the partner denominations agreed and committed to take things forward together.

Site donated by Countryside Properties

Overhead drawing

Side elevations

We met in a portacabin donated by the developers and sited in the pub car park until 2002

We moved to the community centre

Val Spouge (right) was appointed as our Lay Pastor

Rev Mike Shrubsole a URC minister was appointed in 2005

Our puppets made their first appearance

Planning permission was granted in 2006

We welcome Rev Beth Bendrey in 2009 as the Church of England priest in charge of the parish of Black Notley

The cutting of the first turf in winter 2009

Last roof tile - the topping out ceremony

Time capsule filled by local school children

Service celebrating the cross

Betty Barltrop MBE and founder member unveiling the foundation stone

Handing over the keys on 22nd August 2010

Offical Opening Ceremony 22nd October 2010

Banner designed by our congregation

Nativity scene donated from old Black Notley hosptial

Val Spouge Methodist Pastor


Rev Mike Shrubsole URC Minister


Rev Canon Beth Bendrey CofE Minister


Rev Rob Kean Cof E Curate


Rev Peter Goodall Methodist Minister


Rev Olivia Maxfield-Coote CofE Curate


Rev Iain Bendrey CofE Priest


Rev David Sebley URC Minister


Rev Dr Philip Howlett CofE Curate