Parish of Stifford

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Welcome to Parish of Stifford

Our Parish

Our parish includes the communities of North Stifford and Stifford Clays. We are north of the town of Grays in the south-west of Essex, close to the M25 and Lakeside shopping centre.

One Parish Two Churches

There are two churches within our parish:

   - St Cedd's Church, Crammavill Street, Stifford Clays, Essex

   - St Mary's Church, High Road, North Stifford, Essex

The history of St Mary’s goes back to Norman times, whereas St Cedd’s only celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2005. We combine within our Parish the old and the new, the traditional and the modern.

Children and Families

Children and Families are particularly welcome at our services. At both churches we have an activity area for very young children, with toys, colouring and books to keep them occupied.
At St Cedd's Church, Springboard meets every Sunday morning, providing activities and teaching for children aged 2-16. There is a creche for pre-school children; other children meet in the church for the first part of the service and then move to the hall for their own activities.
Our Pram and Buggy group for parents with pre-school children meets on Tuesday in the Parish Hall.

Safe Guarding

The Parochial Church Council (PCC) of the Parish of Stifford, St. Mary & St. Cedd has adopted the House of Bishops' Promoting a Safer Church Safeguarding Policy Statement.

Our Parish Safeguarding Officer is Susan Hill, who may be contacted at church or by emailing

For more information, including Local, Diocesan, and National contacts, please see our dedicated Safeguarding page.

Family Worship

On the first Sunday of each month, we hold a service of Family Worship at 10.30pm at St Cedd's Church, where the teaching, music and activities are specifically geared to families and children.

Parish News

Click here to access our latest weekly Parish news-sheet.

Our mission

Revealing God to people in Stifford

Want to know more?

For more information, explore this website. You can also contact our Rector, Andy Higgs, or our church Wardens, Stan Collins & Mick Holland.

St. Cedd's Sunday Services - 10:30 am

1st Sunday: Family Worship

2nd Sunday: Holy Communion

3rd Sunday: Morning Worship

4th Sunday: Holy Communion

5th Sunday: Evening Praise and Celebration#

# 6.30pm. No morning service on this Sunday of the month

St. Mary's Sunday Services - 11:15 am

1st Sunday: Holy Communion*

2nd Sunday: Morning Prayer

3rd Sunday: Holy Communion

4th Sunday: Family Worship

5th Sunday: Parish Family Communion

* 6:30 pm (4 pm during Winter month). No morning service on this Sunday of the month