The shared parish church of St. Andrew and Holy Cross in Church Lane, Much Hadham, is a lovely Gothic church, built largely between 1225 and 1450. It is shared between St Andrew's Church of England congregation and the Holy Cross Catholic congregation.
Although services are separate, both communities try hard to keep a strong spirit of Christian unity alive in the way they work out their Sharing Agreement.
In June, 1997, Fr. Bob Styles S.J. came to Much Hadham to be the Roman Catholic Parish Priest. His ministry, always in busy places such as schools and university chaplaincy, had deepened his conviction that mankind must rediscover the strength of beauty and of reflection in silence calmed by the rhythms of nature.
So a garden of reflection was created at Ash Meadow, on the site of what would have been the Church of Holy Cross. It is available to people of all faiths and none who would seek tranquility.
At major Christian celebrations, such as Christmas and Easter, they come together for special acts of worship and social gatherings; they have joint parish retreats, discussion groups and prayer meetings in Lent and before Advent, and many other informal activities throughout the year.
Holy Day Mass 5.30pm
Weekdays: Monday, Wednesday, Friday 8am
Tuesday, Thursday 5.30pm
Small self-catering retreat facility available at Holy Cross on request
Confession: after weekday Mass or by appointment.
Tel: 01279 842354