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.



Regretably there are no services in the church at the present time.

  COVID19 Risk assessment. 


The Place on the Hill will be closed for the foreseeable future



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





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 9.30am12.30pm.  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). Regretably, The Place on the Hill will be closed for the foreseeable future



Messy Church is proving very popular but due to the Coronavirus, we do not have any dates planned for the foreseeable future. Visit for pictures and 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 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 not open during the week at the present time.  Items may be left in the box outside the main door.


 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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