A Worthwhile Trek - St. Margaret's Church, Bowers Gifford

Sharing the Church of England Faith, we are located on the edge of Bowers Gifford Marshes on the outskirts of Basildon and Pitsea in Essex, a location map and contact details can be found by browsing to our Find Us section.

The church is a historic Grade 2(Star) listed building with English Heritage and dates back to Saxon times, it is recorded in the Domesday Book and is a rare example of a working 'marsh located' church. The church is fully operational with services running every Sunday starting at 9:00am and is available for weddings, baptisms and funerals for information about arranging a service or ceremony contact us at info@st-margarets-church.co.uk for full service details and times.

Please come to visit us at St Margaret's and experience for yourself the calm and tranquility of the historic building. It is a haven of peace in a busy world where you can sense the spiritual atmosphere that permeates the building. Coupled with the friendly welcome you will receive from the parishioners it is an ideal way to start off a Sunday and to give you the strength to face the hectic world outside our gates.

A Caring Place - For each other and the Church

Our small and very friendly congregation work hard at looking after our wonderful church, groups work together cleaning inside and arranging flowers for our weekly services and for additional special occassions.

We love to welcome anyone to the church, whether just passing through or looking to grow your faith you can be sure of a warm welcome.

Want to keep fit? - Then join the church members who give sweat and sometimes blood battling mother nature to keep the grounds looking great. We meet most Saturday mornings throughout the growing period to man petrol mowers and strimmers.

As you can see from the images and video below, the church grounds are extensive and it would be great to share the load with some more enthusiastic and fighting fit volunteers, contact us using the email link below if you're interested in helping out.

Wedding bliss - Planning to get married?

Come and see us to discuss getting married at St. Margaret's where we will help to make your day memorable for all the right reasons.

The church can comfortably sit 80 people and has been know to squeeze in 120 (With people standing at the back) but not recommended. As well as providing a beautiful setting we have wonderful flower arrangers who can cater for specific colour schemes. Our organ can be used if an organist can be located for specific dates (unfortunatley we do not have a resident organist) but if costs are tight we can offer hymns to be played via our digital hymnal at no additional cost. Lastly we always ring the three bells for happy couples as they leave at the end of the wedding service. Even the C2C Railway join in, often the train drivers will give a blast of their horn when they see the wedding party outside.

To discuss details and check dates it is necessary to consult with our Church Warden and Clergy, this can be done initially through our email contact:

info@st-margarets-church.co.uk

Take a look at our 'Brides Experience' video below for a walk up the path and into the church to give you a feel for our church, then we have our video montage featuring some stills of previous weddings and just below see and hear our bells being rung by some experts.

To find out all you need to know about getting married at a Church of England church follow this link: Church of England Weddings

Our Faith - The Church of England

The following synopsys is a description the Anglican faith supplied from www.churchofengland.org and forms the basis of our faith at St. Margaret's.

The Scriptures and the Gospels, the Apostolic Church and the early Church Fathers, are the foundation of Anglican faith. We view the Old and New Testaments 'as containing all things necessary for salvation' and as being the rule and ultimate standard of faith.

Following the teachings of Jesus Christ, the Churches are committed to the proclamation of the good news of the Gospel to the whole creation. By baptism in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, a person is made one with Christ and received into the fellowship of the Church. This sacrament of initiation is open to adults as well as to children.

Central to worship for Anglicans is the celebration of the Holy Eucharist, also called the Holy Communion. In this offering of prayer and praise, the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ are recalled through the proclamation of the word and the celebration of the sacrament.

Here at St. Margaret's, we follow the Anglican faith but there is much more to it for us, there is a genuine warmth in the welcome you receive when walking through the oak doors.

The Story of St. Margaret

St. Margaret's tale is one that is thought to be largely fictitious hence the Apocryphal (doubtful authenticity) descriptions probably due in most part to the dragon element of the tale and the lack of authentication.

Apocryphal virgin and martyr. Her father was a pagan priest in Pisidian Antioch, Asia Minor (modern Turkey). Her mother died when Margaret was an infant, and the girl was raised by a Christian woman. Margaret's father disowned her, her nurse adopted her, and Margaret converted, consecrating herself and her virginity to God.

One day a Roman prefect saw the beautiful young Margaret as she was tending sheep, and tried to get her into his bed. When she refused, the official denounced her as a outlaw Christian, and she was brought to trial. When she refused to sacrifice to the pagan gods, the authorities tried to burn her, then boil her in a large cauldron; each time her prayers kept her unharmed. She was finally martyred by beheading.

Part of her story involves her meeting the devil in the form of a dragon, being swallowed by the dragon, and then escaping safely when the cross she carried irritated the dragon's innards; this accounts for this virgin's association with pregnancy, labour, and childbirth.