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Welcome to the Web site of the Benefice of Rivenhall and Silver End. This website covers the day to day services and events related to the churches of St Mary’s and All Saints Rivenhall and St Francis Church Silver End. Links to the website for St Francis Church and to the Rivenhall parish website can be found below.
Until the early part of this century, the church stood in virtual isolation. In 1848 grave digging located the walls and floor of a Roman villa and in 1951-1952 excavations uncovered more of the villa.
In 1971 a small excavation against the south wall of the chancel resulted in evidence of a pre-historic occupation of the site dating from the late Iron Age, and above this the remains of a first century A.D. roman masonry building. Its foundations were shown to be two periods Saxon and 14th century. This extended the known history of the church back beyond the earliest recorded historical date of 1185. There have probably been Christians worshipping at the site since at least 800 AD and probably earlier.
By the 19th century Rivenhall church had an early Georgian tower and window at the west end. However, in 1837-39 Lord Western of Felix Hall, Kelvedon, gutted the structure and totally remodelled both its internal and external appearance. Brick, plaster and cement were the only materials used.
Where to Find Us:-
Follow Rivenhall Church on Facebook by clicking on the link to the right
Chelmsford Diocese www.chelmsford.anglican.org
Rivenhall Playing Fields Association
Rivenhall Village Hall, 54 Church Rd in Rivenhall, To Hire Contact Mick Marshall 01376 512836
St Nicholas Witham -Witham Team Ministry
St Francis Church Silver End www.st-francis.org.uk
St. Francis Church Western Road Silver End CM8 3SF
Rivenhall Parish Council
Contact Rivenhall Parish Council
to the Parish of Rivenhall & Silver End
Text RISE44 £5 to 70070
Services During Holy Week-Beginning 14th April
Tue 16th Stations of the Cross St Mary’s 7.30 pm
Wed 17th Reflective Night Prayer St Francis 7.30 pm
Thur 18th Maundy Thursday - HC St Mary’s 7.30 pm
Fri 19th Good Friday - Walk of Witness - 10.15 am from outside Co-op, Silver End, followed by :-
11am Ecumenical Service at St Mary’s Catholic Church Silver End
St Mary’sRivenhall Quiet Service - 12.00 noon - 3 pm
Sat 20th Holy Saturday - Evening Service of Light with HC - St Mary’s - 9.30 pm
SATURDAY 20th April Children’s Easter Service and “Search the Church” Easter Egg Hunt
12 Noon St Francis Silver End
2pm St Mary’s Church Rivenhall