The Parish Church of St. Peter & St. Paul, St. Osyth, Essex



Description of the Parish

The ecclesiastical Parish of St. Osyth is in The Diocese of Chelmsford. The Diocese covers all of Essex and includes West Ham. St. Osyth Deanery is in the Archdeaconry of Colchester. From 1st February 2015 we became part of the Benefice of St. Osyth and Great Bentley. The Parish covers over fifteen square miles, is coastal and has much rural farming land. It includes St. Osyth village, the ward of Point Clear and the hamlet of Chisbon Heath. Overall the population is about 4000. The area attracts many visitors during the summer.

St. Osyth village is situated in the district of Tendring on the North Essex coast and is about five miles west of the resort of Clacton- on-Sea. It is a historic village with a a wide variety of types and styles of dwelling ranging from the 14th century to modern bungalows, including two sets of alms houses, over one hundred listed buildings, including our Grade 1 listed church and a privately owned Priory, the histories of which run in tandem. There is an active boat yard at the head of St. Osyth Creek. The village has a long, varied and interesting history and was the subject of a Channel 4 TV Time Team dig in 2004. There are a good many and varied shops and businesses mostly situated in and around the village centre.

Point Clear is renowned for its spectacular sunsets. The community has developed since the Second World War and is in the main a ribbon development along a road that leads past the Priory. As well as residential housing it has a large a holiday park and other holiday housing near to the coast. It has its own community hall, shops and post office and an historic museum housed in one of the many Martello towers that dot the coastline. In the summer a ferry service runs to close by Brightlingsea and Mersea Island.

Chisbon Heath is a small rural hamlet located about a mile and a half north of St. Osyth village.

The surrounding land of the parish is mostly arable farmland with the mudflats and the saltings of St. Osyth Creek forming part of the internationally important Colne Estuary Site of Special Scientific Interest. At end of St. Osyth Creek on the road to Point Clear there is a very active boatyard where many vessels are moored, maintained and renovated

SS Peter & Paul Church

We are usually open to visitors every day and you are most welcome to come and enjoy it's peace and tranquility as well as to explore the fabric of this ancient building. The church is of great historical interest and has at its heart the Christian faith. The history of the church runs parallel with that of St. Osyth Priory.

Our church is principally a house of prayer and praise where for many generations the people of the Parish of St. Osyth have worshipped God; met our Lord Jesus Christ; have grown in faith and then engaged in his mission.

This ministry continues today. We believe that God calls us to be a loving community, inspired by the Holy Spirit, founded in worship and prayer, proclaiming Jesus Christ in word and deed. As part of God's family and the Church of England everyone is invited to join us.














































































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