Giving to St Mary’s in 2022

Dear Friend.

As Sean outlined in yesterday morning’s sermon, St Mary’s has found itself in difficult financial circumstances for several years and we are committing ourselves, from today, to do something about this.

Particularly we are asking every member of our regular congregation to consider what they may be able to give to the work of their church.

You may receive a letter from us in the next few day (if not there are generic ones by the main door of the church); we ask you to consider the content seriously and to act if you are able. Be assured that the most precious gift you can give us is that of yourselves and if, after considering our appeal, you are unable to help you are still very welcome at St Mary’s. All giving details are known only to the treasurer and the giving secretary.

You’ll find all you need at https://rossparishes.uk/giving2022.

Another great event at St Mary’s in October!

Come and listen to Dame Kate Bingham talk about her new book The Long Shot.

The unmissable inside story of how the Vaccine Taskforce beat the odds and enabled the biggest vaccination campaign in Britain’s history – by the woman who made it happen. 

Thursday 27th October at 7pm in St Mary’s Church, Ross-on-Wye

Tickets are £9 and are available online https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/booking/select/vIxwkuzonEXW, from Rossiter Books or by calling 01989 654464

This event is the first in a series of book talks that is being organised jointly by The Friends of St Mary’s and Rossiter Books. Proceeds will be split between those two organisations and NMITE (Hereford’s University)

Heritage Open Days

Join us for a guided walk around the Museum Without Walls. You may have noticed the signs around the town. Here’s your chance for a free guided walk. Come with a smartphone and the app installed if you can, if not we’ll have plenty available. The session will last about 90 minutes and will involve a short gentle walk around the top of the town.

Saturday 17th September at 2.00 pm – This is a free event. The walk begins in St Mary’s Parish Church.

No need to book, just come along to St Mary’s Church at 2pm. Plenty of kit available for you to use.

St Mary’s Harvest Supper – A reminder!

We’re thinking of having a harvest supper on Saturday 24th September at 6.30 pm for 7 pm. It will cost you £7.50 but we don’t need your money now we just need to know who would come. Please let us know (ideally here via Eventbrite) if you think you’d like to come. We need to know by this coming Sunday 18th September please. If it’s easier please email mark@rossparishes.uk if you haven’t told us you’d like to come.

St Mary’s Harvest Supper

We’re thinking of having a harvest supper on Saturday 24th September at 6.30 pm for 7 pm. It will cost you £7.50 but we don’t need your money now we just need to know who would come. Please let us know (ideally here via Eventbrite) if you think you’d like to come. We need to know by this coming Sunday please.

Book of Condolence and services at St Mary’s Church

We have one of the official books of condolences, (the other is a the Larruperz Centre) for Ross-on-Wye available by the candle stand in St Mary’s Church. It will remain there for the next two weeks. The church is open every day from 9-6.

A bell will be tolled today (Friday) from noon until 1pm. There will also be a short session of prayers for Her Majesty at noon in church.

Flowers can be left at the base of the tower.

Services on Sunday (at 8am, 9.30am and 6pm) are being modified to reflect the solemnity of this time of mourning.

The Death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

We join with all the people of Ross, Walford and Brampton Abbotts in expressing our deep sadness at the death of Her Majesty The Queen

From tomorrow, St Mary’s will be open from 9am to 6pm and a book of condolence will be available for people to sign. Floral tributes can be laid at the base of the tower in Ross. Please note that h.Art @ St Mary’s has now come to a close. At noon a bell will be tolled for an hour for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and a short service of prayer and thanksgiving will be held in the church.

HM Queen Elizabeth II

We are saddened and concerned to hear the news of the health of Her Majesty the Queen. Our thoughts and prayers are with her and her family at this time.

Gracious God,
we give you thanks for your servant Elizabeth our Queen.

Grant her and every member of her family The comfort and strength of your presence;

And may your peace that surpasses all understanding

Sustain and guard anxious hearts and minds; 

through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Heritage Open Days

Join us for a guided walk around the Museum Without Walls. You may have noticed the signs around the town. Here’s your chance for a free guided walk. Come with a smartphone and the app installed if you can, if not we’ll have plenty available. The session will last about 90 minutes and will involve a short gentle walk around the top of the town.

Saturday 10th and 17th September at 2.00 pm – This is a free event. The walk begins in St Mary’s Parish Church where you will also be able to enjoy h.Art if you come on 10th September.

Please book your free place as places are limited: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/museum-without-walls-heritage-open-day-guided-walks-tickets-328927760787

h.Art @ St Mary’s

It’s all go! The flowers are now being cleared away and on Saturday we begin our nine day long season of h.Art. We have nine artists lined up and St Mary’s will again be a hive of activity from Thursday afternoon as they begin the big setup. The church is open every day of the festival from 10am to 5pm (please note slightly later opening time from usual).

Homemade cake, biscuits, tea, coffee and lunches will be available throughout. The church will be a magnet for hundreds of visitors. What’s not to like?

Don’t miss the other h.Art venues around the town, especially the other big one, and out closest neighbour, Made in Ross at the Market House. The whole thing is a great day out.

Pop into church and pick up a brochure, or check it all out online – https://h-art.org.uk