Ross Harvest Festival Weekend, 10th & 11th October

Will things get better? Will things get worse? We have no answers, but we can be grateful that we have survived so far.

Please join us for our harvest weekend events.

Saturday 10th October

10am – 5pm The church will be open with prayers hourly and displays representing groups from around the community. Come say a prayer, light a candle, or spend some time thanking God during this harvest season.

7pm – Virtual Harvest Supper

Prepare a meal at home that reminds you of harvest and then join us on Zoom to eat and drink together as we give thanks for good health and prosperity.

Sunday 11th October

9:30 St. Mary’s Harvest Eucharist

A harvest service packed with favourite harvest hymns. Join us in church or watch online at rossparishes.uk/digital-services

6:00 – Choral Evensong

This will be the fist service our choir has sung live since March. Come and join us for this conclusion to our harvest celebration.

A special request to all traders and shopkeepers

Harvest nowadays is not just about flowers, fruit and vegetables though there will be plenty of those in church. We want to celebrate all the fruits of the labour in the workplace: manufacturing, retailing, insuring, advising, training and volunteering. Please help us to display this by lending us something to put on show; or take a photograph of your establishment so that our visitors can see that Ross-on-Wye is very much surviving, is “open for business” and is thankful.

This Sunday in The Ross Parishes

This Sunday Walford is celebrating their Harvest Festival at 11 am while in Ross there is the usual live streamed Eucharist at 9.30. Come along to church or watch live on Facebook.

At noon, Tiffany our curate will be ordained Deacon in Hereford Cathedral. You can’t attend in person but the service will be live streamed on the Diocesan Facebook page and we’ll be screening it live in St Mary’s at 12 should you want to come along and feel a bit more a part of the service. Or if you prefer something a bit quieter there’s an 8 am said service at St Mary’s.

Ross Parishes Eucharist with Bishop Richard – Sunday 4th October

Our 9.30 am Eucharist at St Mary’s on Sunday 4th October will be presided over by the Rt Revd Richard Jackson, Bishop of Hereford. This will be Bishop Richard’s first official physical visit to our parishes (though he’s made a couple of virtual appearances during lockdown).

This will be the only service in our three churches on this day and our Covid-19 policy means there is a limit of 50 on seats for members of the congregation.

Please book a place here to be assured a place if you wish to come to the service.

Services this Sunday in The Ross Parishes

You have choice of three Communion services on Sunday, one in each of our churches: 9.30 am at Ross and Walford and 11.15 in Brampton Abbotts Church.

We have removed the need to prebook a place for the service at St Mary’s, Ross. Numbers attending the service in person are well within what is possible with very good social distancing in place. We will ask you to make yourself known when you arrive for the purposes of Test and Trace. This service will continue to be live streamed via Facebook if you prefer to take part from home.

We look forward to seeing you, in person or online, at one of our services.

Full details of all services will be found at https://rossparishes.uk

The Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary

The 8th September is the day the Church commemorates the birth of St Mary. St Mary is our patron saint in Ross and we have traditionally kept this day as our patronal festival.

Here is a recording of a hymn for St Mary that the choir made at our first rehearsal on Friday, to be streamed in Sunday’s service. If you tried to watch that, sorry it didn’t quite happen, we are not sure what went wrong!

Happy birthday!

Vision 2020 – An update from Sean

Sean writes …

Someone asked me this week whether the pandemic had killed the vision that we have for our parishes. Under the circumstances a fair question, but let us remember firstly that this vision was not just the product of wishful thinking. It was something that was prayerfully and corporately discerned, and thus a vision given to us by a God who knew the future, and gave us a vision for what these churches can be in a post-pandemic era. There is no doubt that our communities need even more faith, hope and love now than they did in January 2020 when we had our Vision Day! Read more

Online Worship Survey

Thank you to everyone who completed our recent survey on our Online Worship provision and to Derek Glover who has crunched the numbers and analysed the results.

A few headlines: we have had nearly 70 responses and only two thirds of these considered themselves regular “church-goers” before March. Nearly 60% of the people responding are accessing services online at least weekly. 80% accessed services easily in the main. 74% have said they prefer live stream and/or prerecorded services as a digital offering (these are the main formats we’ve used). More than 80% of respondents said they would wish to continue some form of digital worship in a post Covid world.

These results are encouraging and seem to suggest we are providing what people want. We are indeed proud of the provision we’ve made at St Mary’s and of the speed at which we’ve reacted to an ever changing situation. We strive to continue to do that. We are also conscious that we need to continue to support the few with no access to technology, develop further our forms of service so that they meet both physical and online needs, and contribute to our mission of inspiring faith, hope and love.

Derek’s full survey report is available below.

TOAST – Buggy Walk

Have you been missing Toast in real life? Have you recently had a baby and are looking for a group to join? Whilst we cannot yet meet in our usual indoor format at St Mary’s we are starting a buggy walk from the bandstand every other Wednesday. Our first one will be Wednesday 2nd September at 9.15 am.

You are welcome to come along but will need to book a free place using the Eventbrite link below. We will then link you with a small group to walk together rain or shine.

Brampton Abbotts Churchyard

Members of Brampton Abbotts PCC would like to express their very grateful thanks to the village Cake Club and their spouses for turning out in force to help with the churchyard maintenance.  


Since lockdown, the Probationary Service, who normally come every other week from April to October, have been unable to assist.  Thanks to the extraordinary efforts of the Cake Clubbers, we now have mown grass, widened paths and unearthed graves.  What resembled an overgrown meadow has been transformed.

Thank you also to Simon Leney who has been disposing of the mountains of rubbish for us.  We are so grateful for all this invaluable help and can’t thank everybody enough for this communal effort.

Rosemary Knapp – Church Warden

This week in the Ross Parishes

Here’s a quick view of what’s going on this week.

Monday to Saturday @ 9am – Morning Prayer – Zoom
Tuesday 11th @ 9 – 12 am – Community Larder – St Mary’s Hall
Wednesday 12th @ 10 am – Toast – Zoom
Thursday 13th @ 11 am – Thursday prayer group – Zoom

SUNDAY 16th AUGUST – The Blessed Virgin Mary
8 am – Said Communion – St Mary’s
9.30 am – Sung Eucharist – St Mary’s and Facebook Live
11 am – Virtual Coffee – Zoom (note later time)
11.15 am – Parish Eucharist – Brampton Abbotts Church
3.30 pm – Picnic Church – St Mary’s
8 pm – Sung Compline – prerecorded

This Sunday @ St Mary’s

If you’d like to come along to our ever evolving service on Sunday at St Mary’s at 9.30 am, bookings are now live.

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/service-for-the-week-beginning-2nd-august-tickets-115030870430?aff=efbevent&fbclid=IwAR2iGGIoUv9eRNVRANY5J34Hw0HdE3GKWpTf6_kNidcWHFX_kDv2eYQrFzQ

If not you may like to drop in on the live stream at home. https://rossparishes.uk/digital-services

We look forward to seeing you in either place.