Our Services

Sunday Mass
every Sunday at 11.15am


by appointment only

Service amendments are announced in the weekly notices

Looking for something to do on

May Bank Holiday Monday –
6th MAY 2024

Join many others on

St. Mary’s 10K Challenge


For pleasant walk with your family, a jolly fun run with the children, a run to test your fitness, or a chance to raise money for your favourite charity

“St Mary’s Way” fits the bill

Starting at 10am on the Green adjacent to Hall Farm Close, following a fully sign posted route through bluebell woods and offering estuary views till it ends in the St. Mary’s Church.

For an entrance fee of £10, (half price for charities) and children free, you get a map, full instructions, and on completion a certificate and goody bag. The walk, which can be strolled in 3 hours ends with fellowship and refreshments in the church.

For more information telephone Peter Beecroft on 07798635006

Sponsored by T. Cribb & Sons, Funeral Directors and Williams & Donovan Estates, Estate Agents

St Mary’s Newsletter – May 2024

Dear St Mary’s family,

A message from Fr. Ben:

“Dear friend in Christ, with the permission of the Diocese I am now able to share some news with you, which I was unable to hare until this point.

I am to be moving; from our parishes of St Luke’s Prittlewell and St Mary’s Benfleet to be Senior Chaplain at St Paul’s Anglican Church in Athens Greece and with this Apokrisarios that is the legate or representative of the Church of England to the Orthodox Church of Greece.

I was invited to accept this post in January subject to being granted a Religious visa, which was duly granted on Easter Monday: this past week the authorities here in Chelmsford Diocese and the Diocese in Europe confirmed the appointment and that I could now share this news with you my parishioners.

I thank you all for your welcomes and prayers and thank God for allowing me to share in His ministry amongst you.”

My last Sundays with you will be Pentecost at St Mary’s and Trinity at St Luke’s as I prepare to move in May and begin in Athens in June when I am due to be licensed around June 23rd. Please pray for our parishes, Wardens, lay readers and PCCs in the time ahead, and of your charity please pray for me as I prepare to leave and take up this new Chapter in Athens.

I am sure you will all want to join me in thanking Fr. Ben for all he has done during the short time he has been our priest and assure him that our prayers will be with him for his move and as he takes up his new post.

Other News

Two members put themselves to big challenges for charity during April. Lesley Barnes raised £145 through a walk for the National Autistic Society and Sue took part in the London Marathon raising funds for Fair Havens Hospice. Congratulations to both of you.

Terry is organising another St Mary’s Flower Festival on August 7th to 11th with the theme “Thank you for the Music”. The church will be open from 10am to 4pm from Wednesday to Saturday. and on Sunday 1pm to 4pm. In addition, on Saturday 10th at 7.30pm there will be a concert given by Simply Swing Band and on Sunday 11th at 4pm Hymns and Pimms

Message from Fr. Ron. A Memorial Bench for my late wife, Teresa Wiffen, with an appropriately worded plaque, has been installed in Southchurch Park East in Southend.  Southchurch Park East is a brand new extension to the magnificent original Southchurch Park in Liftstan Way.

Members of St. Mary’s who remember Teresa may like to enjoy the beauty and peace of this setting for a moment or two, sit on the Bench, reflect on Teresa and give thanks for her contribution to the life of St. Mary’s’

Social Fundraising Events

St Mary’s 10k Challenge-6th May- Starting on the green adjacent to Hall Farm Close at 10am. The sign posted route follows St Mary’s Boundaries (through Thundersley Glen and across the Hadleigh Downs) ending in the church for refreshments. A challenging over varied terrain for runners but pleasant for ramblers and walkers of all ages. Entrance Fee £10 or £5 if you are taking part for charity. Under 16s free.

Many thanks to the Johnsons who organised and planned a hugely entertaining Horse Raising Night. And also to Lisa and Maz for arranging their quiz events which all enjoyed. The next Evening Quiz with Fish and Chips will be on Friday 10th May at 7.30pm in the Hall. See Lisa to give your orders.

The Summer Open Church and Gift Day on Saturday 1st June. Please put this in your diaries and encourage everyone to come. Also, if you think you can contribute in any way speak to Eileen or Lisa. New ideas welcome plus help on the day.


Inclusions for June Newsletter please send to diana.hawkins@btinternet.com


Please note we will not be meeting at the memorial this year due to Government restrictions.

Hands! Face! Space!


We are committed to safeguarding children, young people, victims of domestic abuse, and vulnerable adults. The PCC has adopted the Church of England policies and best practice on safeguarding.

Our parish safeguarding officer is Maz Morgan.

Please contact us in confidence with any safeguarding enquiries.