The Place on the Hill

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Travel Directions

The church is at the bottom of Chapel Hill, Stansted CM24 8AG (B1051). Follow the sign to Chogou. The car park is behind the church.




On 1st September 2006, the Methodist and United Reformed Churches in Stansted (Essex) joined to form Stansted Free Church (Methodist/URC).  The Methodists had been worshipping in the Quaker Meeting House for over 75 years, as they had no building of their own.  They are delighted to now have their own ‘home’! The joint church meets in the former United Reformed Church in Chapel Hill, Stansted CM24 8AG. The church and hall have been refurbished to provide a welcoming and comfortable environment with a small fitted kitchen, full disabled facilities and free car parking. The hall is used regularly by village groups but is also available for hire for one-off events. Free internet access is available for all users of the church and the hall. Please email us for details.


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Imagine sinking into a comfy sofa or armchair, sipping a free cup of Fairtrade ground coffee…. The Place on the Hill offers this and more ….  a selection of teas, soft drinks, light refreshments, fresh fruit, good company, WiFi internet, computers, a place to ‘chill out’ and escape the telephone, somewhere for the kids to play, books to read and borrow. Come to the foyer of the Free Church, every Monday (not Bank Holidays), Wednesday and Friday 9.30am12.30pm.  We are open during school holidays. Click here for more details. See the photos of our Christmas, Easter and Harvest special events. You can also bring along ink cartridges for recycling (see below)



Messy Church is proving very popular and our next event is in Autumn 2019 – date to be confirmed.  It wil be on a Sunday  3.30 – 5 pm at St Mary’s School. Visit for pictures and more details.


Over the summer we are supporting the Stansted Bouncy Picnic arranged by Stansted Messy Church and Stansted Family Café. This year’s event is on Saturday 29th June 1 – 4 pm.  See for more details.


If you have used inkjet cartridges, please consider recycling donating them to our church funds, using pre-paid envelopes.  Please follow this link to see details. Alternatively, you can drop them into one of our boxes at the church on Monday, Wednesday or Friday mornings 9.30 am – 12.30 pm. All makes except Epson can be taken, but they must be originals, not own brand.


 We currently have a URC minister Rev’d Roy Fowler who began his ministry with us in October 2014. Our worship is varied with some formal services and some informal services catering for all ages. During the winter months, our services are sometimes held in our warm and comfortable hall.  Stansted Free Church is part of the Bishop’s Stortford Methodist Circuit and the West Essex & Bishop’s Stortford URC Pastorate (WEBS), which also includes Bishop’s Stortford URC, Clavering LEP and Saffron Walden URC. Rev’d Caroline Vodden has pastoral responsibility for the Saffron Walden and Clavering churches, but like Roy, serves all the churches in the pastorate.




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