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 and AVS. The car park is behind the church.



Covid Updates

Sunday worship is held in the church every Sunday at 10.30am. Seating is socially distanced but we have space for a  few visitors. Please read our COVID19 Risk assessment if you are thinking of joining us. Please wear a face covering when entering and leaving the church and during the service, unless you are exempt.  Congregational singing has now resumed (with face coverings). Coffee is served after the service on the 1st Sunday of each month.

The Place on the Hill is now open in the church foyer on Wednesdays from 10 am – noon for adults only. We are open throughout December and January. All welcome, no need to book. Face coverings are oprional. We are hoping to re-open for all ages in the new year.  More details to follow

Recycling Used ink cartridges (not toners), stamps and dental products (toothpaste tubes, toothbrushes and electric toothbrush heads) can still be left in the box outside the main door of the church.  Ink cartridges should be originals, not own brand or remanufactured


Messy Church restarted on 14th November.  Visit for pictures and more details.



We are currently seeking a new URC minister as our previous minister retired at the end of July 2021. 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


Our Story


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.



is our church newsletter, but production has been suspended at the present time.  To view previous editions of Imagine, please click here.



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 9.30am – 12.30pm.  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). Unfortunately  The Place on the Hill  cannot re-open in this format at the present time – see above for current arrangements.




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 can be taken, but they must be originals, not own brand. We are also collecting used postage stamps for Guide Dogs for the Blind, and dental products (toothbrushes and toothbrush heads, toothpaste tubes) for Essex Air Ambulance. Note: due to the Coronavirus, the church is only open on Wednesdays at the present time.  Items may be left in the boxes outside the main door.



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