About Our Church


There are significant and important changes to how our church functions during the coronavirus pandemic. For up-to-date details on what we are able to offer and under which conditions, please see our Services, Baptisms, Weddings, Funerals, and Events pages.



A church dedicated to St Peter and St Paul has stood proudly in her present position, overlooking the Crouch valley, since at least 1220. It is very possible a church existed on the site in Saxon times as mention is made in The Domesday Book. Lovingly maintained, the church retains much of architectural and historical interest.

Ours is certainly an ancient building with a long history, but it is no mere monument to the past; it houses a living church community, one which both recalls and proclaims afresh the faith which defines and gives life to us. Ours in an ancient faith to which we seek to give new expression, a faith which offers welcome and support to all.

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, our church is, at our Bishop’s direction presently closed until further notice. However, you can find us on Facebook, where regular content will be shared. Please know too that we, the clergy and people of St Peter & St Paul, are holding you, our parish community, in our daily prayers. And if you need to speak with someone, please call either Father Ken Havey on 01702 203668 or the Revd. Stephanie Stroebel on 01702 200901.

If you have visited this site with a view to arranging a baptism, wedding or funeral, please check our dedicated pages from the menu, which will include up-to-date information on the Church of England’s Coronavirus guidelines. You are, of course, welcome to contact either Ken or Stephanie, to discuss your enquiry further.



COVID-19 Privacy Notice

Online List of Clergy, Staff and Visitors to Church buildings

This notice explains how information about you will be used temporarily by the parish church of St Peter & St Paul during the Covid-19 pandemic crisis so we can take your booking and at the same time put in place a list of clergy, staff and visitors to the church building/s, as requested by the Government in support of NHS Test and Trace.

Who we are

St Peter & St Paul parish church are the data controller (contact details in section 7. below).  This means we decide how your personal data is used and why.

The information we collect about you and why we need it

We collect your data in order to process your booking of a visit to the parish church of St Peter & St Paul.  However, we are also collecting your data for the purpose of supporting NHS Test and Trace, as requested by the Government.

Although we may have your contact details already the Covid-19 pandemic has created a unique situation and additional reasons for us to collect the name and contact telephone number of all clergy, staff and visitors who use/visit our church building/s in order to support NHS Test and Trace.

This is specifically in relation to contact tracing, which is the process of identifying, assessing, and managing people who have been exposed to a disease to prevent onward transmission and the investigation of local outbreaks.

In summary, Test and Trace:

  • provides testing for anyone who has symptoms of coronavirus to find out if they have the virus;
  • gets in touch with anyone who has had a positive test result to help them share information about any close recent contacts they have had; and
  • alerts those contacts, where necessary, and notifies them they need to self-isolate to help stop the spread of the virus.

This is voluntary, and you can opt out of letting us share your details with NHS Test and Trace.  We will still accept your booking.

Lawful basis

We will use your information lawfully, as explained below:

  • Consent – We need your consent in order to collect your name and contact details to process your booking, and to share this with NHS Test and Trace if requested. You will give us your consent by providing your details by completing the on-line booking.
  • Explicit consent – We need your explicit consent to collect your data on the basis that you may have revealed a religious belief by using/visiting our church building/s. You will give us your explicit consent by completing the on-line booking and opting in/indicating “Yes” where requested, or “No” if you do not want us to share you data with Test and Trace.

You can withdraw your consent at any time after giving your details by letting us know you no longer want us to keep or share your personal data for the  purpose of Test and Trace, however, once we have given your details to Test and Trace we will no longer be able to prevent processing.  To contact us, please see our contact details at 7. below.  We will continue to process your booking data, unless told otherwise.

Sharing your data

Personal data that is collected for bookings will be used only to share with NHS Test and Trace if requested. It will not be used for other purposes outside of those specified in this Privacy Notice.

Data Retention

We will keep your name and contact details for [insert relevant retention period for your bookings data] and will dispose of it after this period.

Your Legal Rights

Unless subject to an exemption under the GDPR or DPA 2018, you have the following rights with respect to your personal data: –

  • The right to be informed about any data we hold about you;
  • The right to request a copy of your personal data which we hold about you;
  • The right to withdraw your consent at any time, while the church body still has your data;
  • The right to request that we correct any personal data if it is found to be inaccurate or out of date;
  • The right to request your personal data is erased where it is no longer necessary for us to retain such data;
  • The right, where there is a dispute in relation to the accuracy or processing of your personal data, to request a restriction is placed on further processing;

Complaints and queries

If you have any questions about this privacy notice, including any requests to exercise your legal rights, please contact us using the details set out below.

Reverend Stephanie Stroebel, Tel. 01702 200901.

If you do not feel that your complaint has been dealt with appropriately, please contact [Insert contact details of Data Protection Officer or Data Protection lead].

You also have the right to lodge a complaint with the Information Commissioners Office. You can contact the Information Commissioners Office on 0303 123 1113 or online: https://ico.org.uk/make-a-complaint/your-personal-information-concerns/ or https://ico.org.uk/global/contact-us/



Although we are celebrating 800 years, there has been a church dedicated to Ss Peter (and later) Paul on the site for much longer, foundations having been found during restoration work in the 1930s.  Mention is made in the Domesday Book of a priest so one can be fairly certain that a building of some sort existed prior to 1086.  The church also has a number of indicators to its Norman past, in particular the unusual octagonal Portland stone font dated to 1160.  In 1220 major building works took place with the construction of a Lady Chapel and colonnade to the north and the chancel which forms the main body of the church today – this is the building we are celebrating in this year. Lesley Vingoe

Please click on the banner image below to explore the 360 degree tour of our Church. Thanks to John Goulding of www.businessphotosessex.com for this.