Friendly Circle - Update on our activities


What do you call an animal with a horse for a father and a donkey for a mother? And what is the secret meaning of the name Pamela?  Just two things you could have discovered if you had joined Friendly Circle , our club for retired people.  There's always something new and interesting at our meetings.

We meet on a monthly basis every second Wednesday in the month, 2.30pm at St James', Marden Ash.  It is an opportunity to gather together, sing some of the old hymns, hear an inspiring word and meet some interesting people.  There's also refreshments.

By the way, a horse father and a donkey mother produce a “hinny”. A mule has the parents the other way round! The name Pamela means “all sweetness”, from two Greek words for all and honey.

We hope you will join us - all most welcome.


Annual Parochial Church Meeting (APCM)

The Annual Parochial Church Meeting (APCM) will be held on Monday 29 April 2019 at St James’ Church at 8pm.

If you are a member of the church family please do make every effort to attend this important occasion. Also, If you are a regular member of the congregation but have not yet joined the Electoral Roll please do contact the parish office for more details.

All welcome.

Revised Electoral Roll—The  Electoral Roll is the Church of England equivalent of a membership list. A revised Electoral Roll will be written up and the new Electoral Roll will be displayed in all three churches.

For more information about the APCM, the Electoral Roll and Election to PCC membership, please read on

Read more: Annual Parochial Church Meeting (APCM)


Easter Services and Events 2019

Join us this Easter as we celebrate Jesus' death and resurrection.  For the leaflet giving full details click here

Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures. He was buried and was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures. (1 Corinthians 15:3-4)

Thursday 18 April 2019: MAUNDY THURSDAY
There will be a Seder Meal to remember the Last Supper.  This will be taking place at St Mary's, High Ongar at 7.30pm on Thursday 18 April 2019.  Cost £7.50 per person.

If you would like to come please sign the sheet at the back of St Mary's to assist with catering purposes.  For more information, please see Katherine Garner at St Mary's.

Friday 19 April 2019: GOOD FRIDAY
Ongar Walk of Witness:
10.30am St James', Marden Ash 
2.00pm 'An Hour at the Cross’ St James', Marden Ash

Sunday 21 April 2019: EASTER DAY
All Saints’ Church: Norton Mandeville
8.00am BCP Holy Communion

St Mary’s Church: High Ongar
10.30am Easter Communion Service  (with coffee/tea and pastries served beforehand)

Jesus said, ‘I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. (John 11:25-26)