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at the Leighs & Lt Waltham

St Mary’s Great Leighs St John’s Little Leighs & St Martin’s Church Little Waltham

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Revd Dan Pierce


Revd Dan Pierce


Following a process of discernment and interview I am pleased to inform you that the Revd Dan Pierce has been appointed Priest in Charge of St. Mary & St. Lawrence Great Waltham with St. John’s Ford End, St. Mary’s Great Leighs and St. John’s Little Leighs, St. Martin’s Little Waltham and St. Nicholas Chignal Smealey with St. James Mashbury.

Dan will be licensed by the Bishop of Bradwell in the near future, on a date still to be confirmed.

Please hold Dan, his wife Ruth and their whole family in your prayers, as he prepares to take on this responsibility.

Meanwhile, please be assured of my prayers, that you may know God’s peace and hope, as we place our trust in Him.”


A Message from Revd Dan

Sisters and brothers. I hope you will all be able to make my licensing service in November (date and venue tbc). Until then be assured of my prayer for what lies ahead. A future bound together by grace to serve these places and their people. It’s daunting and none of us can do it alone but together, by the Spirit, we have all we need to love our villages and neighbourhoods. I am so looking forward to what our God will do among us. In the words of St Francis, “Peace and all good.” Rev’d Dan 

St John’s Church Little Leighs

We are raising £40,000 to help fund St John’s Church Little Leighs to enlarge our welcome, inclusivity & hospitality, to be a bigger blessing to the whole community. Please click the link below to donate to our JustGiving Page:

https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/alison-bates-3?utm_term=Q2QBMezVN

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