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Saint Mary the Virgin

       The Ancient Parish Church of Prittlewell, at Southend-on-Sea in Essex

Welcome to Saint Mary's

To  

those  

of  

us  

who  

worship  

here,  

it  

is  

a  

lovely  

place  

to  

hold  

services

and  

say  

prayers.  

There  

are  

about  

two  

hundred  

of  

us,  

a  

Church  

of

England  

congregation  

following  

the  

tradition  

of  

beautiful,  

well  

ordered,

but not over-elaborate, worship with classical English church music.

St  

Mary’s  

is  

the  

oldest  

and  

largest  

parish  

church  

in  

South  

East  

Essex,

UK.  

Founded  

in  

the  

seventh  

century,  

with  

remains  

of  

late  

Saxon  

walls,

twelfth  

century  

pillars,  

fifteenth  

century  

south  

aisle  

and  

tower,  

and  

an

impressive  

array  

of  

stained  

glass,  

including  

a  

window  

thought  

to  

be  

by

the German artist Dürer, it has to be seen to be fully appreciated.

We  

see  

ourselves  

as  

a  

company  

of  

Christ's  

people  

seeking  

to  

deepen

our  

own  

faith  

in  

the  

Lord  

Jesus  

and  

to  

spread  

that  

faith  

more  

widely.  

In

these   

activities,   

our   

church   

building   

is   

both   

an   

opportunity   

and   

an

inspiration.

We  

hope  

that  

these  

pages  

will  

allow  

you  

to  

share,  

if  

only  

in  

a  

small  

way,

something  

of  

what  

we  

have  

and  

what  

we  

do.  

Please  

pray  

with  

us  

that

we   

may   

use   

our   

inheritance,   

both   

spiritual   

and   

physical,   

for   

the

advancement of Christ's Kingdom and the Glory of His holy name.

St Marys Church Southside Looking West Assistant Curate: Revd Jacky Lindoe
Vicar: The Revd Paul Mackay, email: revpaulstmarys@hotmail.com
FAITH MATTERS Revd. Paul Talks About Faith Made by Mark Woodhouse      

NOTE there will be no 8.30am services between 12-22 November 2018

Saint Mary the Virgin

The Ancient Parish Church of Prittlewell, at Southend-on-Sea in Essex

Welcome to Saint Mary's

(Mobile Phone Website)

To  

those  

of  

us  

who  

worship  

here,  

it  

is  

a  

lovely  

place  

to

hold  

services  

and  

say  

prayers.  

There  

are  

about  

two

hundred   

of   

us,   

a   

Church   

of   

England   

congregation

following  

the  

tradition  

of  

beautiful,  

well  

ordered,  

but  

not

over-elaborate,  

worship  

with  

classical  

English  

church

music.

St  

Mary’s  

is  

the  

oldest  

and  

largest  

parish  

church  

in

South   

East   

Essex,   

UK.   

Founded   

in   

the   

seventh

century,   

with   

remains   

of   

late   

Saxon   

walls,   

twelfth

century  

pillars,  

fifteenth  

century  

south  

aisle  

and  

tower,

and  

an  

impressive  

array  

of  

stained  

glass,  

including  

a

window  

by  

the  

German  

artist  

Dürer,  

it  

has  

to  

be  

seen  

to

be fully appreciated.

We  

see  

ourselves  

as  

a  

company  

of  

Christ's  

people

seeking  

to  

deepen  

our  

own  

faith  

in  

the  

Lord  

Jesus  

and

to  

spread  

that  

faith  

more  

widely.  

In  

these  

activities,  

our

church    

building    

is    

both    

an    

opportunity    

and    

an

inspiration.

We  

hope  

that  

these  

pages  

will  

allow  

you  

to  

share,  

if

only  

in  

a  

small  

way,  

something  

of  

what  

we  

have  

and

what  

we  

do.  

Please  

pray  

with  

us  

that  

we  

may  

use  

our

inheritance,    

both    

spiritual    

and    

physical,    

for    

the

advancement  

of  

Christ's  

Kingdom  

and  

the  

Glory  

of  

His

holy name.

Vicar: The Revd Paul Mackay, email: revpaulstmarys@hotmail.com Assistant Curate: Revd Jacky Lindoe
First Published May 2015 Mobile Version . Last update April 2018 KHT. Text and Pictures Copyright © St Mary's Prittlewell PCC. No part of this web site may be reproduced without prior written permission of the copyright owners.
Faith Matters Revd. Paul in a short video by Mark Woodhouse
NOTE there will be no 8.30am services between 12-22 November 2018
First Published May 2015Last update April 2018  KHT. Text and Pictures Copyright © St Mary's Prittlewell PCC.  No part of this web site may be reproduced without prior written permission of the copyright owners.

Saint Mary the Virgin

       The Ancient Parish Church of Prittlewell, at Southend-on-Sea in Essex
High Altar and Sanctury. The central panel features the Canterbury Cross. On the side panels are the lily for St. Mary and a ship which represents St.Cedd sailing forth to spread Christianity, and also reflecting the Borough coat of arms.  The Banner of the Annunciation. This is a modern replacement in fine needlework of the earlier banner. It shows the angel Gabriel and the Blessed Virgin Mary. The Blessed Virgin and Child. The Mothers' Union banner stands to the left of the high altar.
Weekday Services Wednesday 10:30 am Eucharist Mon - Thurs at 8.30am  A service of morning prayer (Except Bank Holidays), 
NOTE there will be no 8.30am services between 12-22 November 2018 Sunday Services 8:00 am Holy Communion  9:30 am Sung Parish Eucharist 12:00 noon Baptisms (as arranged) 6:30 pm Evensong
REGULAR SERVICES

Saint Mary the Virgin

The Ancient Parish Church of Prittlewell, at Southend-on-Sea in Essex
SERVICES
The Blessed Virgin and Child. The Mothers' Union banner stands to the left of the high altar. High Altar and Sanctury. The central panel features the Canterbury Cross. On the side panels are the lily for St. Mary and a ship which represents St.Cedd sailing forth to spread Christianity, and also reflecting the Borough coat of arms.  The Banner of the Annunciation. This is a modern replacement in fine needlework of the earlier banner. It shows the angel Gabriel and the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Weekday Services Wednesday 10:30 am Eucharist Mon - Thurs at 8.30am  A service of morning prayer (Except Bank Holidays), Sunday Services 8:00 am Holy Communion 9:30 am Sung Parish Eucharist 12:00 noon Baptisms (as arranged) 6:30 pm Evensong On second Sundays in the month, the 9:30 am Eucharist Service has a more 'child friendly' focus
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NOTE there will be no 8.30am services between 12-22 November 2018
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Saint Mary the Virgin

       The Ancient Parish Church of Prittlewell, at Southend-on-Sea in Essex
BAPTISMS
Baptism or Christening? The answer is: one and the same but different! (We could explain further, but you may grow much older in the process!) However if you live in the Church of England parish of Prittlewell (to check go to the following website and simply enter your postcode: http://www.achurchnearyou.com) you and/or your  children are welcomed to be Baptised at St Mary’s. Ideally, parents should be Baptised themselves. If you are not, we would be happy to talk with you about Baptising you at the same service as your child! If the Baptism is for a young child both parents and godparents will be asked to promise in the service that they will do what they can to bring the child up as a Christian, and we promise that we will make her/him welcome as part of the church. You may like to read below the part of the service which includes the promises you will be asked to make. There is no charge for Baptism at St Mary’s; however you might like to give a donation to the church as you can afford. Your next step on the path to Baptism is to come along to one of our Sunday services  and make yourself known to me Revd. Paul Mackay If you have an enquiry about a Baptism please come to the church to meet with one of the clergy who will be pleased to meet with you to discuss your plans and make arrangements. The first and third Tuesday evenings of the month between 7 and 8pm. 
Baptismal Bowl Specially Handcrafted for St Mary's

Open service booklet

Saint Mary the Virgin

The Ancient Parish Church of Prittlewell, at Southend-on-Sea in Essex
First Published May 2015 Mobile Version . Last update April 2018 KHT. Text and Pictures Copyright © St Mary's Prittlewell PCC. No part of this web site may be reproduced without prior written permission of the copyright owners.
BAPTISMS
Baptism or Christening? The answer is: one and the same but different! (We could explain further, but you may grow much older in the process!) However if you live in the Church of England parish of Prittlewell (to check go to the following website and simply enter your postcode: http://www.achurchnearyou.com) you and/or your  children are welcomed to be Baptised at St Mary’s. Ideally, parents should be Baptised themselves. If you are not, we would be happy to talk with you about Baptising you at the same service as your child! If the Baptism is for a young child both parents and godparents will be asked to promise in the service that they will do what they can to bring the child up as a Christian, and we promise that we will make her/him welcome as part of the church. You may like to read below the part of the service which includes the promises you will be asked to make. There is no charge for Baptism at St Mary’s; however you might like to give a donation to the church as you can afford. Your next step on the path to Baptism is to come along to one of our Sunday services  and make yourself known to me Revd. Paul Mackay If you have an enquiry about a Baptism please come to the church to meet with one of the clergy who will be pleased to meet with you to discuss your plans and make arrangements. The first and third Tuesday evenings of the month between 7 and 8pm. 
Click For Service Booklet
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Saint Mary the Virgin

       The Ancient Parish Church of Prittlewell, at Southend-on-Sea in Essex
WEDDINGS
If you have an enquiry about a Wedding please come to the church to meet with one of the clergy who will be pleased to meet with you to discuss your plans and make arrangements. One of us will be at the church on the first and third Tuesday evenings of the month between 7 and 8pm. The initial cost of a wedding service for 2018 is £504. This covers all the legal fees and a verger. However, there are additional charge's if you require them i.e. the services of our organist £110, our peal of bells being rung £200 and or heating £60 when required - we will talk you though these when you enquire further. When you book your wedding we ask for a £110 deposit, which covers the cost of booking an organist and is not refundable. If you have been previously married we will be happy to discuss with you whether a church wedding is possible Q: What if I want to be married in a different church? A: If you are a regular worshipper in that church, it is usually possible to be married there. Just speak to your minister. If you are not a regular worshipper, why not start attending? You will normally be expected to attend services for some time before becoming eligible to be married there. If you have a special connection with the church, you can apply for a Special Licence. To apply or find out more contact The Faculty Office, 1 The Sanctuary, Westminster, London SW1P 3JT, tel: 020 7222 5381. Q: I heard that you can get married in any church you want to now. Is this true? In July 2007, the General Synod (the Church of England’s governing body) approved steps to widen the wedding regulations; these came into effect in the Autumn of 2008. The regulations are designed to make it easier for couples to get married in a church that has special meaning to them. Provided the church is available, couples can choose to get married in: their local parish the parish where they were baptised and/or confirmed a parish they have lived in for 6 months or more, at any time during their lives a parish they have attended worship in for at least 6 months the parish their parents lived or worshipped in (during the child’s lifetime) the parish their parents or grandparents were married in. If there is a good reason, couples can apply for a Special Licence. To apply or find out more contact  The Faculty Office,  1 The Sanctuary, Westminster, London SW1P 3JT, tel: 020 7222 5381

Saint Mary the Virgin

The Ancient Parish Church of Prittlewell, at Southend-on-Sea in Essex
First Published May 2015 Mobile Version . Last update April 2018 KHT. Text and Pictures Copyright © St Mary's Prittlewell PCC. No part of this web site may be reproduced without prior written permission of the copyright owners.
If you have an enquiry about a Wedding please come to the church to meet with one of the clergy who will be pleased to meet with you to discuss your plans and make arrangements.  One of us will be at the church on the first and third Tuesday evenings of the month between 7 and 8pm. The initial cost of a wedding service for 2018 is £504. This covers all the legal fees and a verger. However, there are additional charge's if you require them i.e. the services of our organist £110, our peal of bells being rung £200 and or heating £60 when required - we will talk you though these when you enquire further. When you book your wedding we ask for a £110 deposit, which covers the cost of booking an organist and is not refundable. If you have been previously married we will be happy to discuss with you whether a church wedding is possible Q: What if I want to be married in a different church? A: If you are a regular worshipper in that church, it is usually possible to be married there. Just speak to your minister. If you are not a regular worshipper, why not start attending? You will normally be expected to attend services for some time before becoming eligible to be married there. If you have a special connection with the church, you can apply for a Special Licence. To apply or find out more contact The Faculty Office, 1 The Sanctuary, Westminster, London SW1P 3JT, tel: 020 7222 5381. Q: I heard that you can get married in any church you want to now. Is this true? In July 2007, the General Synod (the Church of England’s governing body) approved steps to widen the wedding regulations; these came into effect in the Autumn of 2008. The regulations are designed to make it easier for couples to get married in a church that has special meaning to them. Provided the church is available, couples can choose to get married in: their local parish the parish where they were baptised and/or confirmed a parish they have lived in for 6 months or more, at any time during their lives a parish they have attended worship in for at least 6 months the parish their parents lived or worshipped in (during the child’s lifetime) the parish their parents or grandparents were married in. If there is a good reason, couples can apply for a Special Licence. To apply or find out more contact  The Faculty Office,  1 The Sanctuary, Westminster, London SW1P 3JT, tel: 020 7222 5381
WEDDINGS
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Saint Mary the Virgin

       The Ancient Parish Church of Prittlewell, at Southend-on-Sea in Essex
FUNERALS
If you have an enquiry regarding a funeral or are concerned about a loved one please always telephone the vicarage in the first instance 01702 343470. Bereavement is enough for anyone to try to cope with without the pressures of organising a funeral. In our experience the organising of the service, can be a complicated and emotionally draining time. So anything you can do to prepare is well worth doing. Registering the death can be difficult. Sometimes the coroner may have to be involved before the death can be registered. This happens when a doctor hasn’t been able to ascertain the cause of death immediately, or if the deceased has not seen a doctor for some time. You will need to contact a funeral director, who will be able to guide you through the organising of the funeral. It is important that you ask the funeral director any questions you might have, and share any thoughts. The funeral director is there to help you. You can contact the parish clergy direct on the numbers on our contact page, or ask the funeral director to do so. We will liaise with the funeral director to make sure that you are fully supported, and plan a service that meets your needs, and the wishes of your loved one. In our area, there are a number of possibilities for the funeral service. A service can be held in church. A service can be held in a crematorium chapel. A service can be held at the graveside. A service in church may conclude with a trip to a cemetery or a crematorium (in this case it is possible to have the committal in church, and ask the funeral director to proceed to the crematorium without you). After cremation, you may require us to be present at either the interment of your loved ones remains. The remains are normally placed in a wooden casket, and are buried in a simple ceremony lasting a few minutes. Again this can be arranged either directly with ourselves or through your chosen funeral director. Funeral service in church including the service of an organist and verger £319 and if heating required £60 The Church of England statutory fees chart is on this link  https://www.churchofengland.org/weddings-baptisms-funerals/fees.aspx The clergy of St Mary’s are available to pray with anyone who is dying. If you have an enquiry regarding a funeral or are concerned about a loved one please always telephone the vicarage in the first instance 01702 343470.

Saint Mary the Virgin

The Ancient Parish Church of Prittlewell, at Southend-on-Sea in Essex
First Published May 2015 Mobile Version . Last update April 2018 KHT. Text and Pictures Copyright © St Mary's Prittlewell PCC. No part of this web site may be reproduced without prior written permission of the copyright owners.
FUNERALS
If you have an enquiry regarding a funeral or are concerned about a loved one please always telephone the vicarage in the first instance 01702 343470. Bereavement is enough for anyone to try to cope with without the pressures of organising a funeral. In our experience the organising of the service, can be a complicated and emotionally draining time. So anything you can do to prepare is well worth doing. Registering the death can be difficult. Sometimes the coroner may have to be involved before the death can be registered. This happens when a doctor hasn’t been able to ascertain the cause of death immediately, or if the deceased has not seen a doctor for some time. You will need to contact a funeral director, who will be able to guide you through the organising of the funeral. It is important that you ask the funeral director any questions you might have, and share any thoughts. The funeral director is there to help you You can contact the parish clergy direct on the numbers on our contact page, or ask the funeral director to do so. We will liaise with the funeral director to make sure that you are fully supported, and plan a service that meets your needs, and the wishes of your loved one. In our area, there are a number of possibilities for the funeral service. A service can be held in church. A service can be held in a crematorium chapel. A service can be held at the graveside. A service in church may conclude with a trip to a cemetery or a crematorium (in this case it is possible to have the committal in church, and ask the funeral director to proceed to the crematorium without you). After cremation, you may require us to be present at either the interment of your loved ones remains. The remains are normally placed in a wooden casket, and are buried in a simple ceremony lasting a few minutes. Again this can be arranged either directly with ourselves or through your chosen funeral director. Funeral service in church including the service of an organist and verger £319,  and if heating required £60 The Church of England statutory fees chart is on this link  https://www.churchofengland.org/weddings-baptisms- funerals/fees.aspx The clergy of St Mary’s are available to pray with anyone who is dying. If you have an enquiry regarding a funeral or are concerned about a loved one please always telephone the vicarage in the first instance 01702 343470.
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Saint Mary the Virgin

       The Ancient Parish Church of Prittlewell, at Southend-on-Sea in Essex
EVENTS
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Saint Mary the Virgin

The Ancient Parish Church of Prittlewell, at Southend-on-Sea in Essex
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EVENTS
Event Calender
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Saint Mary the Virgin

       The Ancient Parish Church of Prittlewell, at Southend-on-Sea in Essex
VICARS LETTER
Vicar: The Revd Paul Mackay, email: revpaulstmarys@hotmail.com Assistant Curate: Revd Jacky Lindoe
Let love be genuine. Never pay back evil for evil. As far as it lies with you, live at peace with everyone. cf Romans 12.9,17,18 The peace of the Lord be always with you All and also with you. Let us offer one another a sign of peace. So goes the introduction to the sharing of ‘peace’ at a service of Holy Communion according to the Church of England’s Common Worship Service. It’s a time to shake the hand of someone in the congregation and share God’s message of peace. If you are ‘new’ to this then it can be an ‘odd’ moment in the service, greeting strangers, but it is also a time to be welcomed. It maybe you have been coming to church all your life and find this part of the service awkward or unnecessary… The passing of the peace can be one of the most misunderstood elements of the service. Just before prayers are about to be made for Eucharist, when the once-for-all sacrifice of Christ is remembered and its benefits received we have to be very careful.  Jesus warned us: “Whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone; so that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses.” (Mark11:25). Since the liturgy always attempts to express what we believe, we must take a moment to acknowledge that reconciliation with God and reconciliation with people go hand in hand.  We cannot claim to have one without the other.  We cannot rightly receive God’s forgiveness if we are not reconciled to our brothers and sisters.  Passing the Peace is our enactment of the reconciling love and forgiveness of God through Christ.  We are literally touching one another, holding and shaking hands, in humility and in forgiveness, and in repentance.  God’s peace is being shared freely among his people. The sharing of ‘Peace’ is hugely important. This autumn we recall the 100th Anniversary of end of the ‘First’ World War, an important time to recall ‘Peace’ after all the violence… I came across an article by the Revd Canon David Winter, former BBC producer (radio and television) and Head of Religious Broadcasting, that I want to share with you… October 1918 was the month when both sides, in their different ways, decided that they had had enough war. The Germans, following their defeat at Amiens, no longer had any hope of a strong negotiating position in peace talks, let alone victory. Their economy was struggling, and morale was low. The Allies, now sure of final victory, wanted it all over without further disastrous casualties.  The politicians, fearful for their own futures, wanted time, but the generals were now calling the shots. The time had come for a ceasefire, then let the negotiating begin. The military won this battle, at least. The word ‘Armistice’ was banded around: not a treaty, but simply (as the Latin word suggests) as a laying down of arms. The three most influential national leaders on the Allied side agreed, and the Germans and their dwindling band of associates had no choice but to go along with the solution. An Armistice was agreed for a memorable date: the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month of the year.  Following preliminary discussions, a negotiated treaty would be finalised at Versailles in the following January. Compared to Brexit, that is express progress! The Armistice was, in some ways, simple. The guns would go silent, killing would cease from that designated hour. The Versailles negotiations, on the other hand, would be complex, though somewhat simplified by the fact that the Germans came naked to the table. They were desperate to save their land from occupation, whatever the cost. In fact, it cost them £6.6 million in reparations (probably about six billion pounds today). Each of the Allies had important items for the peace agenda. France wanted Alsace-Lorraine restored to French sovereignty, and the Rhineland demilitarised. Britain wanted German military power negated and problems in the Middle East solved. The Americans wanted democracy restored and the will of the people recognised throughout Europe. The three leaders – David Lloyd George and Presidents Clémenceau and Woodrow Wyatt agreed about most of the agenda, including the carving up of The German colonial empire in Africa. Peace would come at last, but not, as one wise man observed, the ‘kiss of peace’. Peace they say comes ‘at a price’ – sadly we have seen far too much violence, argument and distress since 1918 in the world, and in the ‘Church’ even in our church of St Marys and so as we share ‘God’s Peace’ perhaps we really can forgive and learn to live with one another! Dear reader as we prepare to move into Advent (end of November!) may you know the peace of Christ and His joy in all you do, and perhaps look to Him afresh that you may be refreshed in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. God Bless Paul
October / November 2018

Saint Mary the Virgin

The Ancient Parish Church of Prittlewell, at Southend-on-Sea in Essex
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Vicar: The Revd Paul Mackay, email: revpaulstmarys@hotmail.com Assistant Curate: Revd Jacky Lindoe
VICARS LETTER
Let love be genuine. Never pay back evil for evil. As far as it lies with you, live at peace with everyone. cf Romans 12.9,17,18 The peace of the Lord be always with you All and also with you. Let us offer one another a sign of peace. So goes the introduction to the sharing of ‘peace’ at a service of Holy Communion according to the Church of England’s Common Worship Service. It’s a time to shake the hand of someone in the congregation and share God’s message of peace.If you are ‘new’ to this then it can be an ‘odd’ moment in the service, greeting strangers, but it is also a time to be welcomed. It maybe you have been coming to church all your life and find this part of the service awkward or unnecessary… The passing of the peace can be one of the most misunderstood elements of the service. Just before prayers are about to be made for Eucharist, when the once-for-all sacrifice of Christ is remembered and its benefits received we have to be very careful.  Jesus warned us: “Whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone; so that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses.” (Mark11:25). Since the liturgy always attempts to express what we believe, we must take a moment to acknowledge that reconciliation with God and reconciliation with people go hand in hand.  We cannot claim to have one without the other.  We cannot rightly receive God’s forgiveness if we are not reconciled to our brothers and sisters.  Passing the Peace is our enactment of the reconciling love and forgiveness of God through Christ.  We are literally touching one another, holding and shaking hands, in humility and in forgiveness, and in repentance.  God’s peace is being shared freely among his people. The sharing of ‘Peace’ is hugely important. This autumn we recall the 100th Anniversary of end of the ‘First’ World War, an important time to recall ‘Peace’ after all the violence… I came across an article by the Revd Canon David Winter, former BBC producer (radio and television) and Head of Religious Broadcasting, that I want to share with you… October 1918 was the month when both sides, in their different ways, decided that they had had enough war. The Germans, following their defeat at Amiens, no longer had any hope of a strong negotiating position in peace talks, let alone victory. Their economy was struggling, and morale was low. The Allies, now sure of final victory, wanted it all over without further disastrous casualties.  The politicians, fearful for their own futures, wanted time, but the generals were now calling the shots. The time had come for a ceasefire, then let the negotiating begin. The military won this battle, at least. The word ‘Armistice’ was banded around: not a treaty, but simply (as the Latin word suggests) as a laying down of arms. The three most influential national leaders on the Allied side agreed, and the Germans and their dwindling band of associates had no choice but to go along with the solution. An Armistice was agreed for a memorable date: the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month of the year.  Following preliminary discussions, a negotiated treaty would be finalised at Versailles in the following January. Compared to Brexit, that is express progress! The Armistice was, in some ways, simple. The guns would go silent, killing would cease from that designated hour. The Versailles negotiations, on the other hand, would be complex, though somewhat simplified by the fact that the Germans came naked to the table. They were desperate to save their land from occupation, whatever the cost. In fact, it cost them £6.6 million in reparations (probably about six billion pounds today). Each of the Allies had important items for the peace agenda. France wanted Alsace- Lorraine restored to French sovereignty, and the Rhineland demilitarised. Britain wanted German military power negated and problems in the Middle East solved. The Americans wanted democracy restored and the will of the people recognised throughout Europe. The three leaders – David Lloyd George and Presidents Clémenceau and Woodrow Wyatt agreed about most of the agenda, including the carving up of The German colonial empire in Africa. Peace would come at last, but not, as one wise man observed, the ‘kiss of peace’. Peace they say comes ‘at a price’ – sadly we have seen far too much violence, argument and distress since 1918 in the world, and in the ‘Church’ even in our church of St Marys and so as we share ‘God’s Peace’ perhaps we really can forgive and learn to live with one another! Dear reader as we prepare to move into Advent (end of November!) may you know the peace of Christ and His joy in all you do, and perhaps look to Him afresh that you may be refreshed in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. God Bless Paul
Ocotber / November2018
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CHILDREN AND FAMILIES WORKER
Lois Blakey
Junior Church is a provision for children between 5 and 11 years old during our 9:30am Holy Communion Sunday Service (except when there is an All Age Service). The children will have the chance to participate in songs, stories, games and activities based on the Bible and teachings of Jesus.  This is a fantastic opportunity for the children to meet together, examine God’s Word and explore what it means to know God and be loved by him. The children will rejoin the meeting to share in the taking of communion with rest of the congregation. 
  If you would like to know more please e-mail our Children and Families Worker cfwstmarys@gmail.com
Come along for family fun, games and hotdogs Saturday 27th October 5:30pm to 7:00pm Guild Hall, Hill Road Please let us know if you are coming for catering purposes by email: cfwstmarys@gmail.com or phone: 07450214299
To book your child a place please complete the form below and email it to cfwstmarys@gmail.com  or let us know you are coming and bring it with you on the day.

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CHILDREN AND FAMILIES WORKER
Lois Blakey
Junior Church is a provision for children between 5 and 11 years old during our 9:30am Holy Communion Sunday Service (except when there is an All Age Service). The children will have the chance to participate in songs, stories, games and activities based on the Bible and teachings of Jesus.  This is a fantastic opportunity for the children to meet together, examine God’s Word and explore what it means to know God and be loved by him. The children will rejoin the meeting to share in the taking of communion with rest of the congregation. 
  If you would like to know more please e-mail our Children and Families Worker cfwstmarys@gmail.com
Come along for family fun, games and hotdogs Saturday 27th October 5:30pm to 7:00pm Guild Hall, Hill Road  Please let us know if you are coming for catering purposes by email: cfwstmarys@gmail.com or phone: 07450214299
To book your child a place please complete the form below and email it to cfwstmarys@gmail.com  or let us know you are coming and bring it with you on the day.
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       The Ancient Parish Church of Prittlewell, at Southend-on-Sea in Essex
PARISH MAGAZINES
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PARISH MAGAZINE
Back issues of Prittlewell Parish Magazine from September 2008 are available upon request from the Parish Magazine Editor. Want to subscribe or unsubscribe just email: prittlewellparishmag@vfemail.net with your request
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Saint Mary the Virgin

       The Ancient Parish Church of Prittlewell, at Southend-on-Sea in Essex
BELL RINGING
Prittlewell Ringing Centre A ringing centre for the teaching of bell ringing in the Southern part of Essex has been established for over twenty years. High tech computer software, cameras and ringing simulators are used at the centre, which runs each Saturday morning from 9.00am till 12 noon. Ringers taught at the centre over the years contributed to the new bells by sponsoring a "Saturday School Bell". The ringing centre is open to anyone interested in learning to ring church bells in the English "Full Circle" style. If you would like to give ringing a try or would like to contribute to the fund for the new bells and frame, please contact the chairman of the St Mary's Prittlewell Bells Fund, Peter Sloman, at peter.sloman@btinternet.com
The History Of Our Bells The church tower was completed in about 1478 and the first mention of bells was in 1550 when a new bell frame was installed. An inventory of 1552 recorded five bells and a Sanctus bell. Richard Holdfield of Cambridge recast at least three bells of the five in 1602 and John Darbie of Ipswich recast the tenor bell in 1682. In 1772 a bell fell down out of its frame and cracked and was recast the following year by Thomas Pack and William Chapman of the Whitechapel Bellfoundry. A new clock by Thwaites and Reed of Clerkenwell was purchased in 1800 and with it a bell to strike the hours; this bell was cast at Whitechapel by Thomas Mears Senior. A sixth bell was added to the ring in 1806 by Thomas Mears and Son. All the old bells in the ring, with the exception of the 1806 bell were recast by Mears and Stainbank (of Whitechapel) in 1872. In 1895 Mears and Stainbank added two smaller bells to complete the octave. In 1902 John Warner of Cripplegate, London added two more smaller bells to complete a ring of ten bells and at the same time recast the 1872 tenor bell. By 1967 the fourth bell had become cracked, this bell was recast by John Taylor & Co. of Loughborough. In the early years of the 21st century the frame installed by John Warner was deteriorating and needed replacing. The opportunity was taken to replace the bells which had been cast at five different dates by four different founders. A new ring of ten bells was cast at the Whitechapel Bellfoundry in 2010, who also replaced the framework and fittings. A second hand bell, previously at St. Mary at Walls, Colchester  which had been stored for many years, was acquired as a service/funeral bell. This bell was cast by John Darbie in 1679 who had originally cast our tenor bell in 1682.  Nine of our old bells are now in use elsewhere, three in Malta, the others in this country in London, Bedfordshire, Gloucestershire and Essex (at Willingale). (Submitted by David Sloman) Visit Our Website http://prittlewell10.wixsite.com/ringingcentre 
15th Century Tower. The tower is constructed of Kentish ragstone and the soft stone known as 'hassock'. The core of the thick walls is of rubble, mainly composed of chalk and flint.The height of the tower is eighty-four feet to the string course below the

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The Ancient Parish Church of Prittlewell, at Southend-on-Sea in Essex
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BELL RINGING
Prittlewell Ringing Centre A ringing centre for the teaching of bell ringing in the Southern part of Essex has been established for over twenty years. High tech computer software, cameras and ringing simulators are used at the centre, which runs each Saturday morning from 9.00am till 12 noon. Ringers taught at the centre over the years contribut ed to the new bells by sponsoring a "Saturday School Bell". The ringing centre is open to anyone interested in learning to ring church bells in the English "Full Circle" style. If you would like to give ringing a try or would like to contribute to the fund for the new bells and frame, please contact the chairman of the St Mary's Prittlewell Bells Fund, Peter Sloman, at peter.sloman@btinternet.com
For more details and History of the bells Visit Our Main website via desktop PC (This is a Mobile Website) or http://prittlewell10.wixsite.com/ringingcentre 
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       The Ancient Parish Church of Prittlewell, at Southend-on-Sea in Essex
MUSIC
The Organ The organ in its present position was built and dedicated in 1876. It was completely rebuilt in 1915 by the reputable firm William Hill & Sons, famous for the organs of York Minster, Birmingham Town Hall and Sydney Town Hall. In 1925, an addition to the Pedal Organ of 'Trombone at Sixteen Feet' was given. The organ is built between the two Chancel arches and together with the Screen, separates the Chancel from the Jesus Chapel. There are two manuals and pedals of twenty speaking stops.In 1997, a very generous donation made it possible for a major restoration to be carried out by Harrison & Harrison of Durham, and at that time the key action was electrified and a 'mixture' added to the Great Organ. The organ features prominently in worship and is used to accompany the choir in the singing of hymns, canticles, psalms and anthems. Its versatility facilitates the performance of a wide range of repertoire from Baroque to Contemporary Music. Its fine tone is much admired by those who enjoy organ music and it now speaks with a more commanding voice than ever - and as it continues to proclaim God's glory one becomes "lost in wonder, love and praise".
The Choir The Choir leads the congregation in the singing of hymnns, canticles and psalms. The Choir's repertoire is large, and embraces anthems, two of which are sung every Sunday at Eucharist and Evensong, and also Cantatas and other works, which are performed on special occasions. Membership of the Choir is free and open to all. New members are welcome, and are given a very simple voice test after one month of attendance at rehearsals and services. Music at St. Mary's also includes performances by visiting groups - from Choral Societies to Brass Band Music. Concerts also include occasional Organ Recitals and are usually in aid of the various charities that St. Mary's supports.

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MUSIC & CHOIR
The Organ The organ in its present position was built and dedicated in 1876. It was completely rebuilt in 1915 by the reputable firm William Hill & Sons, famous for the organs of York Minster, Birmingham Town Hall and Sydney Town Hall. In 1925, an addition to the Pedal Organ of 'Trombone at Sixteen Feet' was given. The organ is built between the two Chancel arches and together with the Screen, separates the Chancel from the Jesus Chapel. There are two manuals and pedals of twenty speaking stops.In 1997, a very generous donation made it possible for a major restoration to be carried out by Harrison & Harrison of Durham, and at that time the key action was electrified and a 'mixture' added to the Great Organ. The organ features prominently in worship and is used to accompany the choir in the singing of hymns, canticles, psalms and anthems. Its versatility facilitates the performance of a wide range of repertoire from Baroque to Contemporary Music. Its fine tone is much admired by those who enjoy organ music and it now speaks with a more commanding voice than ever - and as it continues to proclaim God's glory one becomes "lost in wonder, love and praise".
The Choir The Choir leads the congregation in the singing of hymnns, canticles and psalms. The Choir's repertoire is large, and embraces anthems, two of which are sung every Sunday at Eucharist and Evensong, and also Cantatas and other works, which are performed on special occasions. Membership of the Choir is free and open to all. New members are welcome, and are given a very simple voice test after one month of attendance at rehearsals and services. Music at St. Mary's also includes performances by visiting groups - from Choral Societies to Brass Band Music. Concerts also include occasional Organ Recitals and are usually in aid of the various charities that St. Mary's supports.
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       The Ancient Parish Church of Prittlewell, at Southend-on-Sea in Essex
GUIDE TO CHURCH
The plan shows the direction of a walk round the church looking at some detail on the way. In through the south porch.  Font on left. Along the cross aisle and left to the tower. Along the nave to the chancel and high altar. Through the organ screen to Jesus chapel. Back along the south aisle.
Tudor OakDoor. A fine example of carved sixteenth century woodwork. It is divided into five bays which are further divided into panels, each finely carved Holy Water Stoup. Set in the stone jamb on the right hand side in the porch beside the Tudor door. 16th Century Font. The font is octagonal in shape, 2 foot and 7 inches in diameter. Six of the concave sides bear sculptured ornaments. The east facing panel bears a crucifix, now difficult to see. Other panels have a Tudor rose. The Niche Besdie Font. The niche in the pillar was used for holding the oil and salt used at baptisms in days before the Reformation. The Red Cross Flag. This is the Red Cross flag that flew over the Glen Military Hospital, one of three naval and military hospitals in the Borough during the Great War of 1914 - 1918. Coffer Panel. This is one of a pair of traceried coffer panels carved in oak.Fourteenth century. (Coffer - a box or chest used to hold church documents or vestments.)Very few examples of these now survive. Mellitus window. The scene in the Mellitus window depicts St. Mellitus (left) and King Saeberht of the East Saxons (right) watching the building of the Saxon church at Prittlewell.The Saxon burial recently found in Prittlewell may be of King Saeberht. Mural Tablet. Here lieth buried Mary Davies the wiffe of Richard Davies (the sonne of John Davies the elder of Middleton in the County of Salop Esq.) Esq., of the Body Exterordinary unto his Magisty. Shee was the eldest daughter and heire of Richard Cocke The Mayorall Stall. Used by the Mayor of Southend at civic functions in the church. The stall was donated by Alderman S.F.Johnson to mark his years of Mayoralty between 1945 and 1949. The stall was made in the workshops of Ald. Johnson's building business 7th Century Saxon Arch. The remains of the early seventh century Saxon doorway, built with Roman bricks, can be seen behind the choir stalls on the north wall of the Chancel. The arch and part of the surrounding wall can also be seen in the external north Chancel Roof. The picture shows only part of the Chancel roof, but there are four carved figures of angels forming the finials of the hammer beams on each side of the roof, all with their hands clasped in the attitude of prayer and facing the altar. 16th Century Stained Glass. Although there has been considerable debate about who designed the glass, many experts now agree that the work is most probably by Albrecht Dürer of Nuremberg.The glass panels were originally in the church of St Ouen at Rouen, Piscina.  This is a piscina - a perforated stone basin for carrying away water used in rinsing chalices after Holy Communion Virgin and Child. Designed by Sir Charles Nicholson, the statue was given to the church in the 1930's. Also in this picture is an Icon of the Blessed Virgin Mary and Child.This icon comes from Bulgaria and was presented to the church in 1997. The King Alfred Window. The central figure is that of King Alfred the Great.At the bottom of the centre light, dressed in the Crusaders' black mantle, is the figure of Raymond du Puy, the first Grand Master of the Knights of St John of Jerusalem. St, Michael + St. George Chapel. Behind this small door is a difficult to negotiate steep and narrow stone staircase leading to the now disused chapel of St. Michael and St. George.

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GUIDE TO CHURCH
The plan shows the direction of a walk round the church looking at some detail on the way. In through the south porch.  Font on left. Along the cross aisle and left to the tower. Along the nave to the chancel and high altar. Through the organ screen to Jesus chapel. Back along the south aisle.
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Holy Water Stoup. Set in the stone jamb on the right hand side in the porch beside the Tudor door. Tudor OakDoor. A fine example of carved sixteenth century woodwork. It is divided into five bays which are further divided into panels, each finely carved 16th Century Font. The font is octagonal in shape, 2 foot and 7 inches in diameter. Six of the concave sides bear sculptured ornaments. The east facing panel bears a crucifix, now difficult to see. Other panels have a Tudor rose. The Niche Besdie Font. The niche in the pillar was used for holding the oil and salt used at baptisms in days before the Reformation. The Red Cross Flag. This is the Red Cross flag that flew over the Glen Military Hospital, one of three naval and military hospitals in the Borough during the Great War of 1914 - 1918. Mellitus window. The scene in the Mellitus window depicts St. Mellitus (left) and King Saeberht of the East Saxons (right) watching the building of the Saxon church at Prittlewell.The Saxon burial recently found in Prittlewell may be of King Saeberht. Coffer Panel. This is one of a pair of traceried coffer panels carved in oak.Fourteenth century. (Coffer - a box or chest used to hold church documents or vestments.)Very few examples of these now survive. Mural Tablet. Here lieth buried Mary Davies the wiffe of Richard Davies (the sonne of John Davies the elder of Middleton in the County of Salop Esq.) Esq., of the Body Exterordinary unto his Magisty. Shee was the eldest daughter and heire of Richard Cocke The Mayorall Stall. Used by the Mayor of Southend at civic functions in the church. The stall was donated by Alderman S.F.Johnson to mark his years of Mayoralty between 1945 and 1949. The stall was made in the workshops of Ald. Johnson's building business 7th Century Saxon Arch. The remains of the early seventh century Saxon doorway, built with Roman bricks, can be seen behind the choir stalls on the north wall of the Chancel. The arch and part of the surrounding wall can also be seen in the external north Chancel Roof. The picture shows only part of the Chancel roof, but there are four carved figures of angels forming the finials of the hammer beams on each side of the roof, all with their hands clasped in the attitude of prayer and facing the altar. 16th Century Stained Glass. Although there has been considerable debate about who designed the glass, many experts now agree that the work is most probably by Albrecht Dürer of Nuremberg.The glass panels were originally in the church of St Ouen at Rouen, Piscina.  This is a piscina - a perforated stone basin for carrying away water used in rinsing chalices after Holy Communion Virgin and Child. Designed by Sir Charles Nicholson, the statue was given to the church in the 1930's. Also in this picture is an Icon of the Blessed Virgin Mary and Child.This icon comes from Bulgaria and was presented to the church in 1997. The King Alfred Window. The central figure is that of King Alfred the Great.At the bottom of the centre light, dressed in the Crusaders' black mantle, is the figure of Raymond du Puy, the first Grand Master of the Knights of St John of Jerusalem. St, Michael + St. George Chapel. Behind this small door is a difficult to negotiate steep and narrow stone staircase leading to the now disused chapel of St. Michael and St. George.
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GET INVOLVED
Pastoral Care. The sick and housebound are visited, at their request, to take Communion to them or maybe just to maintain their contact with the Church. The Pastoral Care Committee maintains a list of those to be visited. Requests for home visits and/or prayer in Church for someone in need may be made at any time. Please contact the Churchwardens or any member of the Pastoral team and the necessary arrangements will be made.
St Mary's Women's Fellowship meets on the first Monday afternoon of the month (at 2:30pm in the Guild Hall, St Mary's Road) to listen to talks on a variety of subjects, and to enjoy each other's company. All are welcome from the local community, as well as from St Mary's congregation. Contact details can be found in the Parish Magazine
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1st Prittlewell Scout Group  has been part of St Mary’s Church since 1909, includes Beavers,Cubs,Scouts. We are one of the largest Scout Groups in Southend Estuary District with over 90 regular members. We meet on Tuesday evenings during term times in the Church Halls. As well as weekly meetings where we work towards challenge and activity badges, we also take part in District Events, and go on camps and day trips. If you have a young person who would like to join our Group please email with their name and date of birth and we will let you know if they are able to join straight away or add them to our waiting list. Please send enquiries for Beavers, Cubs or Scouts by email to: cubs@1stprittlewell.org.uk

Saint Mary the Virgin

The Ancient Parish Church of Prittlewell, at Southend-on-Sea in Essex
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GET INVOLVED
Pastoral Care. The sick and housebound are visited, at their request, to take Communion to them or maybe just to maintain their contact with the Church. The Pastoral Care Committee maintains a list of those to be visited. Requests for home visits and/or prayer in Church for someone in need may be made at any time. Please contact the Churchwardens or any member of the Pastoral team and the necessary arrangements will be made.
St Mary's Women's Fellowship meets on the first Monday afternoon of the month (at 2:30pm in the Guild Hall, St Mary's Road) to listen to talks on a variety of subjects, and to enjoy each other's company. All are welcome from the local community, as well as from St Mary's congregation. Contact details can be found in the Parish Magazine
1st Prittlewell Scout Group  has been part of St Mary’s Church since 1909, includes Beavers,Cubs,Scouts. We are one of the largest Scout Groups in Southend Estuary District with over 90 regular members. We meet on Tuesday evenings during term times in the Church Halls. As well as weekly meetings where we work towards challenge and activity badges, we also take part in District Events, and go on camps and day trips. If you have a young person who would like to join our Group please email with their name and date of birth and we will let you know if they are able to join straight away or add them to our waiting list. Please send enquiries for Beavers, Cubs or Scouts by email to: cubs@1stprittlewell.org.uk
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       The Ancient Parish Church of Prittlewell, at Southend-on-Sea in Essex
HOME GROUPS
"Let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the day drawing near. " Hebrews 10:24.   Home Groups are a vital part of Church life - they give us the opportunity to gather in small groups to study the Bible, discuss aspects of our Christian faith and pray. We currently have two home groups. One which meets during the day and the other in the evening, both meet every two weeks. These groups are an expression of the unity we share in God, as they are an opportunity for us to share life together as Christians. Each group has its own 'flavour', but each session begins with a prayer, followed by a discussion on the Bible or aspect of Christian faith. We always end by praying for one another, our Church, and wider national and international issues. Afterwards we have time for fellowship and chatting about life in general.   Home Groups offer us a needed context in which we can learn to trust and grow, a context in which we can love one another, exhort one another, speak to one another, honour one another, receive one another, watch over and care for one another. It is more difficult for us to develop our faith if we limit ourselves to services and church events. The Bible instructs us in Acts 2:42 (NRSV) that,   The Fellowship of the Believers   42 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.   We see that the full implementation of God’s plan requires a small group setting. These small groups, are therefore a vital part of God’s plan. Just as the early church often met in homes, so too can we. It is interesting that the vast majority of growing churches today have some kind of home group network in place, through which new people are added, strengthened and developed for the purposes of our God.   If you would like to know more about the Home Groups please contact the Rev. Paul Mackay or Rev. Jacky Lindoe.

Saint Mary the Virgin

The Ancient Parish Church of Prittlewell, at Southend-on-Sea in Essex
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Home Groups
"Let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the day drawing near. " Hebrews 10:24.   Home Groups are a vital part of Church life - they give us the opportunity to gather in small groups to study the Bible, discuss aspects of our Christian faith and pray. We currently have two home groups. One which meets during the day and the other in the evening, both meet every two weeks. These groups are an expression of the unity we share in God, as they are an opportunity for us to share life together as Christians. Each group has its own 'flavour', but each session begins with a prayer, followed by a discussion on the Bible or aspect of Christian faith. We always end by praying for one another, our Church, and wider national and international issues. Afterwards we have time for fellowship and chatting about life in general.   Home Groups offer us a needed context in which we can learn to trust and grow, a context in which we can love one another, exhort one another, speak to one another, honour one another, receive one another, watch over and care for one another. It is more difficult for us to develop our faith if we limit ourselves to services and church events. The Bible instructs us in Acts 2:42 (NRSV) that,   The Fellowship of the Believers   42 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.   We see that the full implementation of God’s plan requires a small group setting. These small groups, are therefore a vital part of God’s plan. Just as the early church often met in homes, so too can we. It is interesting that the vast majority of growing churches today have some kind of home group network in place, through which new people are added, strengthened and developed for the purposes of our God.   If you would like to know more about the Home Groups please contact the Rev. Paul Mackay or Rev. Jacky Lindoe
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Saint Mary the Virgin

       The Ancient Parish Church of Prittlewell, at Southend-on-Sea in Essex
OUR HISTORY
A Brief History of the Church of Saint Mary the Virgin For more than a thousand years there has been a church on the site of Saint Mary's, Prittlewell. When the Saxons settled here, soon after the Roman Legions had left Britain, they found a fine, dry site overlooking the river Thames, with a fresh water stream - the Prittle Brook - and good grazing land nearby. There is archaeological evidence that a small chapel was erected on the site of the present church in the 7th century. A portion of the Saxon doorway of that tiny chapel remains today as part of the north wall of the chancel.For four hundred years or so, the small Saxon chapel served the developing village of Prittlewell. In the 11th century, the Norman nave was built, which greatly enlarged the building, and the chancel of the new church was built over the foundations of the old Saxon chapel. The church at Prittlewell is mentioned in the Domesday Survey of 1086.Towards the end of the 12th century, a processional aisle was added to the south side of the nave. The south aisle was enlarged and completed in the late 15th century, almost doubling the size of the church.In the 15th century, the magnificent tower was built, together with a porch and an eastern wall that now forms part of the Jesus Chapel. Since then, the structure of the church remains unaltered, save for the addition of the vestries in modern times. When the town of Southend-on-Sea was established at the 'Southe Ende' of Prittlewell village, the church of Saint Mary the Virgin became the mother church of Southend.Over the centuries, the church at Prittlewell has seen joyous times, and has fallen on hard times. Shortly after Henry VIII's reign, at the time of the Reformation, so much of the church's income and assets were seized that the churchwardens sold the church plate to 'pay for maintenance of the church'. In the Second World War, Saint Mary's suffered blast damage from bombs falling nearby, but daily services continued at the normal times throughout those difficult years. It is said that the Vicar at that time - Canon Ellis Gowing - had the valuable 16th century stained glass window removed from the Jesus Chapel and buried in the cellar of the old vicarage. 
15th Century Tower. The tower is constructed of Kentish ragstone and the soft stone known as 'hassock'. The core of the thick walls is of rubble, mainly composed of chalk and flint.The height of the tower is eighty-four feet to the string course below the View-From the north-east corner of the churchyard, looking towards the west. Lych Gate view from West Door This is the view looking north, across Priory park towards Rochford and beyond to the river Crouch. The View to the south-west showing part of Prittlewell village, Westcliff beyond, and the river Thames in the distance. Remains of Saxon Door North Wall. A closer look at the position of the Saxon doorway (between the two stained glass windows).

Saint Mary the Virgin

The Ancient Parish Church of Prittlewell, at Southend-on-Sea in Essex
First Published May 2015 Mobile Version . Last update April 2018 KHT. Text and Pictures Copyright © St Mary's Prittlewell PCC. No part of this web site may be reproduced without prior written permission of the copyright owners.
OUR HISTORY
A Brief History of the Church of Saint Mary the Virgin For more than a thousand years there has been a church on the site of Saint Mary's, Prittlewell. When the Saxons settled here, soon after the Roman Legions had left Britain, they found a fine, dry site overlooking the river Thames, with a fresh water stream - the Prittle Brook - and good grazing land nearby. There is archaeological evidence that a small chapel was erected on the site of the present church in the 7th century. A portion of the Saxon doorway of that tiny chapel remains today as part of the north wall of the chancel.For four hundred years or so, the small Saxon chapel served the developing village of Prittlewell. In the 11th century, the Norman nave was built, which greatly enlarged the building, and the chancel of the new church was built over the foundations of the old Saxon chapel. The church at Prittlewell is mentioned in the Domesday Survey of 1086.Towards the end of the 12th century, a processional aisle was added to the south side of the nave. The south aisle was enlarged and completed in the late 15th century, almost doubling the size of the church.In the 15th century, the magnificent tower was built, together with a porch and an eastern wall that now forms part of the Jesus Chapel. Since then, the structure of the church remains unaltered, save for the addition of the vestries in modern times. When the town of Southend-on-Sea was established at the 'Southe Ende' of Prittlewell village, the church of Saint Mary the Virgin became the mother church of Southend. Over the centuries, the church at Prittlewell has seen joyous times, and has fallen on hard times. Shortly after Henry VIII's reign, at the time of the Reformation, so much of the church's income and assets were seized that the churchwardens sold the church plate to 'pay for maintenance of the church'. In the Second World War, Saint Mary's suffered blast damage from bombs falling nearby, but daily services continued at the normal times throughout those difficult years. It is said that the Vicar at that time - Canon Ellis Gowing - had the valuable 16th century stained glass window removed from the Jesus Chapel and buried in the cellar of the old vicarage
15th Century Tower. The tower is constructed of Kentish ragstone and the soft stone known as 'hassock'. The core of the thick walls is of rubble, mainly composed of chalk and flint.The height of the tower is eighty-four feet to the string course below the View-From the north-east corner of the churchyard, looking towards the west. Lych Gate view from West Door Remains of Saxon Door North Wall. A closer look at the position of the Saxon doorway (between the two stained glass windows).
First Published May 2015Last update April 2018  KHT. Text and Pictures Copyright © St Mary's Prittlewell PCC.  No part of this web site may be reproduced without prior written permission of the copyright owners.

Saint Mary the Virgin

       The Ancient Parish Church of Prittlewell, at Southend-on-Sea in Essex
CONTACT US
Vicar: The Revd Paul Mackay, email: revpaulstmarys@hotmail.com  Vicarage Telephone 01702 343470 Postal Address: Prittlewell Parish Church, East Street, Prittlewell, Southend-on-Sea, Essex, SS2 6LQ Parish Registers. The Baptism, Marriage and Funeral, Parish Registers of Saint Mary's, Prittlewell, before 2000 are held by The Essex Record Office, Wharf Road, Chelmsford, Essex, CM2 6YT Baptism, Wedding,   If you have an enquiry about a Baptism or Wedding please come to the church to meet with one of the clergy who will be pleased to meet with you to discuss your plans and make arrangements. The first and third Tuesday evenings of the month between 7 and 8pm. Funeral If you have an enquiry regarding a funeral or are concerned about a loved one please always telephone the vicarage in the first instance 01702 343470. Parish Administrator contact the Parish Administrator in person in the Church Office or by telephone (01702 466471), on Wednesdays between 9am and 5pm, or Thursdays between 9am and 5pm, or by email: stmaryprittlewell@gmail.com Wherever possible, please contact the Church Office during these office hours, but you may also telephone the Vicarage out of hours if needs be. Halls booking enquiries, (We are not taking any more bookings at present) contact the Church Office  Telephone 01702 466471 St. Mary's Parish Magazine enquiries, contact the Magazine Editor by email: prittlewellparishmag@vfemail.net Beavers, Cubs and Scouts, email: cubs@1stprittlewell.org.uk View our Privacy Policy  
Assistant Curate: Revd Jacky Lindoe Vicar: The Revd Paul Mackay, email: revpaulstmarys@hotmail.com
SCHOOL LETTER POLICY In order for the clergy of St Mary’s Church, Prittlewell to provide a supporting reference letter for a High School, your child needs to have attended St Mary’s Church and / or St Mary’s Junior Church at least twice a month for the preceding 12 Months”

Saint Mary the Virgin

The Ancient Parish Church of Prittlewell, at Southend-on-Sea in Essex
First Published May 2015 Mobile Version . Last update April 2018 KHT. Text and Pictures Copyright © St Mary's Prittlewell PCC. No part of this web site may be reproduced without prior written permission of the copyright owners.
CONTACT US
Vicar: The Revd Paul Mackay, email: revpaulstmarys@hotmail.com Assistant Curate: Revd Jacky Lindoe
Vicar: The Revd Paul Mackay, email: revpaulstmarys@hotmail.com  Vicarage Telephone 01702 343470 Postal Address: Prittlewell Parish Church, East Street, Prittlewell, Southend-on-Sea, Essex, SS2 6LQ Parish Registers. The Baptism, Marriage and Funeral, Parish Registers of Saint Mary's, Prittlewell, before 2000 are held by The Essex Record Office, Wharf Road, Chelmsford, Essex, CM2 6YT Baptism, Wedding, If you have an enquiry about a Baptism or Wedding please come to the church to meet with one of the clergy who will be pleased to meet with you to discuss your plans and make arrangements. The first and third Tuesday evenings of the month between 7 and 8pm. Funeral If you have an enquiry regarding a funeral or are concerned about a loved one please always telephone the vicarage in the first instance 01702 343470.  Parish Administrator contact the Parish Administrator in person in the Church Office or by telephone (01702 466471), on Wednesdays between 9am and 5pm, or Thursdays between 9am and 5pm, or by email: stmaryprittlewell@gmail.com Wherever possible, please contact the Church Office during these office hours, but you may also telephone the Vicarage out of hours if needs be. Revd. Paul and Revd. Jacky look forward to meeting you. Halls booking enquiries (We ar not taking any more bookings at present) contact the Church office Telephone 01702 446471 St. Mary's Parish Magazine enquiries, contact the Magazine Editor by email: prittlewellparishmag@vfemail.net Beavers, Cubs and Scouts, email: cubs@1stprittlewell.org.uk View our Privacy Policy  
SCHOOL LETTER POLICY In order for the clergy of St Mary’s Church, Prittlewell to provide a supporting reference letter for a High School, your child needs to have attended St Mary’s Church and / or St Mary’s Junior Church at least twice a month for the preceding 12 months”.
First Published May 2015Last update April 2018  KHT. Text and Pictures Copyright © St Mary's Prittlewell PCC.  No part of this web site may be reproduced without prior written permission of the copyright owners.

Saint Mary the Virgin

       The Ancient Parish Church of Prittlewell, at Southend-on-Sea in Essex
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Saint Mary the Virgin

The Ancient Parish Church of Prittlewell, at Southend-on-Sea in Essex
First Published May 2015 Mobile Version . Last update April 2018 KHT. Text and Pictures Copyright © St Mary's Prittlewell PCC. No part of this web site may be reproduced without prior written permission of the copyright owners.
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This page has links to the School,Charities and companies St Marys Supports
At St. Mary’s Church of England School, we seek to provide the best possible education for each child within a safe Caring Christian Community by worshipping, learning and growing together in faith.
Click On Image for Council Services and Website.
HARP is the Southend-on-Sea charity reducing homelessness by providing essential services, emergency housing and long term solutions - enabling people to rebuild their lives and return to independent living.
Click On Image for Church Of England Website.