We hope you will find all the information you need on our website, whether you are thinking of visiting us, or are already a member of our church community. We strive to create places of Christian faith and worship in our two beautiful church buildings; St Martin's in Ongar Town Centre which was built nearly 1000 years ago and St Peter's which was built in Victorian times in the fields beyond Shelley.

An important element in our reaching out to our local community is making the church building available each day for those who wish to visit for whatever reason. Both St Martin's (in Chipping Ongar High Street) and St Peter's, Shelley are normally open every day (please click on the poster in the column to the right of this page for Service Times).

We are working closely with the other anglican churches in the Ongar Mission and Ministry Unit towards a collaborative ministry. With our brothers and sisters in the Roman Catholic and United Reformed Churches and other Anglican churches in the area, we form Churches Together in Ongar.

Our Pattern of Worship 

Part of the Church of England and the diocese of Chelmsford, our worship is mainstream Anglican using the Common Worship liturgy.

St Martin’s church has now returned to its usual pattern on services which you can see on the Service Times notice on the right.

Children are welcome to all of our services and especially to our One Big Family for ALL on the 1st Sunday of the month which is an all age service geared especially for children.

In the spirit of loving your neighbour, if you can, for the time being please continue to wear a face covering when entering or walking around the church but these can be removed when you are seated.

Visitors, Tourists & Pilgrims

We love to welcome visitors, tourists and those seeking something more spiritual and if, when you have browsed the website, you would like to find out more, please telephone us on 01277 362173 or come along to one of our services and ask the sidesperson to introduce you to our churchwardens.


Children are welcomed to all our services. We believe that they are not only the church of the future, but an important part of the church today. For younger children we can provide 'pew bags' and a separate space with toys and books for 'time out' if this should prove necessary. In addition, in our Children & Families section you will find details of our regular services and events especially devised with children and families in mind.




We are committed to ensuring that St Martin's Chipping Ongar and St Peter's Shelley is a safe place for all.  For further information, please go to our Safeguarding page. The PCC has adopted the Church of England’s policies and best practice on safeguarding which may be found on the Church of England’s website.


Our Parish Safeguarding Officer is Lisa Wickstead, who may be contacted at church or by email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Life's Great Events

We are here for you at all times of life. For details about weddings, christenings, adult baptisms, being confirmed and funerals click on  I want to or telephone 012777 362173.



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