Annual Meeting (Wednesday 4th)

Join us for a glass of wine before our annual meetings when we elect our churchwardens and PCC and find out what your church was doing in 2021.
Come to St Mary’s Church at 6.45pm for a drink and chat before the meetings which begin at 7pm and last about 45 minutes.
We look forward to welcoming you.

St Mary’s Annual Meetings – Wednesday 4th May, 7 pm

Each year we have two meetings, one to elect our churchwardens and one to elect PCC members.  While different groups of people are entitled to vote as these meetings, all are welcome to attend and if you are on the Church Electoral Roll, you can vote for your PCC representatives.

The meetings also looks back at the previous year.  For us it has been a challenging year with Covid 19 still affecting both what we do and how we do it.  There have been other challenges too but also good things to celebrate.  Come to the meeting and find out more!

Once the “business” is over, (last year both meetings were finished in less than 45 minutes), you are invited to join us for a glass of wine or juice and nibbles and enjoy an informal time together.

Come and join us on Wednesday 4th May at 7pm in St Mary’s Church

Ukraine

Items needed

Dried foods: rice, pasta, lentils, fruit and packet soups

Porridge, ground coffee

Tinned foods: meat, soups, beans, spag, tomatoes, veg and fruit

Energy bars to be eaten on the go, sweets for children

Dog and cat food

Baby food (not jars), Baby milk powder, nappies, wet wipes

Toiletries: dry shampoo, soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste,
roll-on deodorants, toilet rolls

Torches, batteries, battery power banks for mobile phones

Colouring books, pencils, crayons

Medical items: Children and adult Ibuprofen and Paracetamol

Burn dressings, insoles and foot care for blisters, first aid kits

Money (for additional food and fuel) can also be given directly via https://gofund.me/6da55a0b.                               

The churches in our parishes are helping Katie Fowler of KTs Craft Warehouse in Edde Cross Street in her fantastic efforts to help the people of Ukraine.  Already lorry loads of aid from people in and around Ross has been sent across to the border and next week, Katie herself is leaving to help with the humanitarian effort.

Katie will leave to travel to Romania on Tuesday 12th April and will be staying at a university in Suceava. She will then be ferrying refugees from the border with Ukraine to Suceava. Translators, Diana and Vilius will be helping with the form filling required for the refugees and with the cooking for the many refugees arriving.  There are many families of children and even the little things like a packet of sweets can help to bring a smile to their faces in such appalling ties.

The Mayor of Vinnytsia will take Katie to the hospital in the city where Ross has sent aid on a previous trip. This hospital is being used as a military hospital and Katie hopes to be able to supply generators as when the power goes off as it regularly does, it is difficult to keep patients on machine alive without power.  In addition, aid collected this week will be sent to Valkiv Central District Hospital in Kharkiv where there is a massive shortage of food and equipment for the many new born babies.

No donation is too small.  If you can help Ross support these projects, please do. Thank you.

New choristers at St Mary’s

This morning the Rector, Sean, admitted six new choristers to St Mary’s Choir. In a service which took justice as its theme, the new choristers led the congregation singing the Kyrie (Lord have mercy), joined other children in prayers for the people of Ukraine and sang during the Communion.

Tea Dance with Willow and Joel

One of our young church members, Willow, has taken it upon herself to organise a tea dance with her dancing partner, Joel, at St Mary’s Church in Ross to raise money for their imminent competitions in Blackpool! The tea dance will be held on March 26th from 1pm-4pm, and they would love to see you there. Tickets are £5 and include a free cuppa and a cake! There will also be a raffle, dance demonstrations, opportunities to learn a new dance as taught by Joel and Willow and generally lots of good fun! Get in touch with Charlotte Taylor or Katy Marsh via facebook messenger if you would like to purchase tickets, and we can put them in named envelopes on the door for you once payment has been received. Thank you, and we look forward to seeing you there!

Love rules!

February Messy Church was all about love. After our messy crafts, we talked about how God loves us and how we love each other. We sang songs, heard Tiffany tell us the story of Mary, Martha and Jesus, listened to the Youth Choir and prayed with Ann.

Order of St Ethelbert

The Ross Benefice offers its congratulations to Derek Glover and Mark Sanderson who were awarded the Order of St Ethelbert by Bishop Richard in Hereford Cathedral on Sunday afternoon. The award is given for long and distinguished service to the church and community and both Derek and Mark are shining examples of such dedication.

Derek and Mark pictured with the Dean of Hereford, the Very Revd Sarah Brown, the Bishop of Hereford, Rt Revd Richard Jackson, the Lord Lieutenant, Mr Edward Harley OBE and other recipients of the award and below left with the Bishop and right with the Rector of Ross, the Revd Sean Semple.

St Thomas’s Way – An invitation to join Nick & Janet on their pilgrimage.

On Saturday 14th August, Nick & Janet will have reached Usk on their pilgrimage following St Thomas’s Way. Meet them at 11am at St Mary’s Priory Church (nearby free car park) for a 2 hour walk (no stiles) through the Welsh countryside with open views, woodland paths, trickling streams, the River Usk and railway relics. Take a picnic to enjoy back at St Mary’s Priory. Have a look around the pretty town of Usk with its beautiful flowers – it regularly wins the Wales in Bloom award – before you go home. Alternatively, visit the museum of country life, enjoy a coffee or walk down to the river and join us for the picnic at approx. 1pm. Please note that the castle is closed.

Come for Coffee – 19th July

St Mary’s is looking for people to welcome visitors to St Mary’s Church during the week. All you need is a little bit of time and a willing smile. If you would like to find out more, do come to St Mary’s on Monday 19th July at 10.30am for a coffee and we will answer any questions you may have. Whether you can spare a couple of hours a week or just an hour a month, we will be delighted to welcome you as a welcomer!

There will also be an opportunity to look around the church as though you are a visitor and perhaps see the building in a new light. You do not have to be part of the congregation to join us but if you have an interest in history or like meeting people or would simply enjoy spending a little time in the peace and quiet of St Mary’s, this could be for you.