We are currently looking to raise £45k for the church spire, and I would love to hear from anyone with any ideas on how to raise this money. Also, any donations for this project are very welcome. To clarify the situation, the money we are looking to collect is for the wear and tear of the cedar tiles on the church spire. Yes, we have been the victims of a recent lightning strike and storm, Eunice, but our insurance is looking after the damage they caused. However, these events have allowed us to make much-needed repairs to our church spire simultaneously, as the insured work is proceeding at a lower cost, provided we can raise this £45k.
Thank you for your loving concern for our church.
Great Burstead lies a little to the south of Billericay, but is the ancient parish from which the bustling town later grew. It is one of the earliest sites of Christian worship in Essex, since Saint Cedd erected a preaching cross here. A wooden church was built in the seventh century, but the present building dates substantially from the 12th century. It is a historic and beautiful place of worship, and is open from about 9 a.m. to dusk on most days.
Today the Church of St. Mary Magdalene serves the Parish of Great Burstead, which includes the communities of South Green, Steeple View, Noak Bridge and Crays Hill.
We aspire to be an anglo-catholic, loving and prayerful church community and the worship in our church building is both traditional and modern. On Sunday the 10 a.m. Sung Eucharist is according to Common Worship and our 8 am Mass is according to the Book of Common Prayer. Everyone is welcome to any of our services and ‘everyone’ means everyone!
The congregation is open and inclusive, and you will find a warm welcome at any of our services or activities. The Church plays a full part in the Deanery of Basildon, the Diocese of Chelmsford, and Churches Together in Billericay.
Our chief concerns as a Church are:
- to witness to Christ
- to offer inspiring worship
- to nourish growth in faith
- to encourage fellowship and service
- to serve the local community.
You are invited to come and find out more about this thriving community and explore the Christian faith with us.
We are committed to ensuring that St Mary Magdalene is a safe place for all. For further information please go to our Safeguarding page.
Father Michael Hall