News & Events

Nick & Janet’s fund raising walk

Our two intrepid travellers on foot are at it again. This time, Janet and Nick are planning to walk the St Thomas Way, starting in Swansea and ending in Hereford. The walk follows a trail used by medieval pilgrims to the shrine of St Thomas Cantilupe. They will complete the walk in stages. The total distance is 56 miles and while this is a short walk for Janet and Nick, Nicks current health problems mean that it will be a substantial challenge for them both. You can learn more about their walk at https://thomasway.ac.uk/explore-the-way/

Nick and Janet plan to start on 7th August and to complete the walk on Sunday 22nd August. We ask you to sponsor their endeavour as they raise money for St Mary’s Church in an attempt to address the £43,000 deficit we built up last year. They are seeking donations and will be very happy if you’d sign their form, alternatively you can give here.

Please give as generously as Nick and Janet!

On Saturday 14th August Janet and Nick would like to invite anyone wishing to join them, to do so for an easy section of the walk. If you’d like more information please contact Nick & Janet

Eucharist for 18th July

This morning’s service is starting now in St Mary’s. You can join us on YouTube.

From next week we are removing the limit on the number of people at services. There is also no need to book to be present with us in the building. Please come along.

Some social distancing measures will remain: flexible, spaced seating, wear a face covering if you wish, Communion will still be given in “one kind” (no wine)…

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.

Two Exhibitions in St Mary’s for July

The July Exhibitions are now open, FREE OF CHARGE. One by Ross Civic Society looks at listed buildings in the town (as described by the Royal Commission in 1929 & 1930) that were around in 1770 and compares then and now. The second is a display of 18th / 19th Century sketches of the Wye Valley by James Wathen with accompanying photographs of the same scenes today taken by Ross Photo Club.

Both are FREE and open every day from 9 -5.

More exhibitions follow this for the rest of the year – right through to the Christmas Tree Festival. More details of those at https://rossparishes.uk/exhibitions

Please remember to leave us a review on Trip Adviser or Google

Choral Evensong – 6 pm on Sunday

This week we’re “building it back better” at St Mary’s by reinstating Choral Evensong (2nd and 4th Sunday of the month at 6pm). Come and join us in a service that our choir will be singing in Wells Cathedral in a couple of week’s time.

Every man and woman in England has a birth-right. Walk into any cathedral [some parish churches and college chapels] at about tea time, … and you will hear the most exquisite music beautifully sung. In the streets outside people are scrambling to get to the shops before they close, unaware perhaps that, behind the decorative medieval facade, a religious event of the most timeless beauty is about to take place. Choral Evensong is part of our cultural heritage … something extremely precious, to be jealously guarded by those who sometimes need to be still, to think upon their divine creator, and to discover the immense capacities of the human soul. – Joanna Trollope (1996)

Two Exhibitions in St Mary’s for July

The July Exhibitions are now open, FREE OF CHARGE. One by Ross Civic Society looks at listed buildings in the town (as described by the Royal Commission in 1929 & 1930) that were around in 1770 and compares then and now. The second is a display of 18th / 19th Century sketches of the Wye Valley by James Wathen with accompanying photographs of the same scenes today taken by Ross Photo Club.

Both are FREE and open every day from 9 -5.

More exhibitions follow this for the rest of the year – right through to the Christmas Tree Festival. More details of those at https://rossparishes.uk/exhibitions

Please remember to leave us a review on Trip Adviser or Google

Thanksgiving Service for the Life of John Taylor

John Taylor is well known by individuals and organisations all around Ross, not least, at St Mary’s as chairman of The Friends of St Mary’s for several years.

John’s life and gifts will be celebrated in a special service at St Mary’s Church on Saturday 26th June at 2 pm. Unfortunately, Covid restrictions mean that the service is by invitation only but it will be streamed on YouTube should you wish to join in.

If you’d like to make a donation in memory of John, Avril has asked that it be given to www.prostatecanceruk.org

Morning has broken …

Our service from St Mary’s, this morning has a strong environmental feel, music, readings and prayers have been chosen with that in mind. After the service (from about 10.30) we’re going out into the churchyard to conduct a wildlife survey. Come up and join us – it’s out in the fresh air and Covid safe!

Our service is conducted by Sean and Colin is preaching. Music is by a small choir of upper voices. It’s all getting underway now.

Toast & Toddle – TOMORROW

Don’t forget that that Toast & Toddle is back in St Mary’s Church from tomorrow, Wednesday, 19th May. We look forward to seeing you.

Toast & Toddle is a free drop in, aimed at parents and careers returning home after the school drop-off. Just call in for free toast and some lovely coffee. We particularly welcome toddlers and will be happy to supervise them while you put your feet up for a bit.

It takes place in St Mary’s Church every Wednesday from a bit before 9am. Social Distincing will be evident for now but … fingers crossed!

Come, meet the Bishop

The Bishop of Hereford is coming to Ross on Thursday 20th May. He will be saying prayers in church t 11.30 and then picnicking outside in the churchyard from 12. You are invited to join him for 30 minutes (for prayers or picnic).

Please book on Eventbrite. We’ve divided the visit into 30 minute sections with 30 tickets available for each.

Please bring your own picnic.

Toast & Toddle is back

Have you heard the great news that Toast & Toddle is back in St Mary’s Church from next Wednesday, 19th May.

Toast & Toddle is a free drop in, aimed at parents and careers returning home after the school drop-off. Just call in for free toast and some lovely coffee. We particularly welcome toddlers and will be happy to supervise them while you put your feet up for a bit.

It takes place in St Mary’s Church every Wednesday from a bit before 9am. Social Distincing will be evident for now but … fingers crossed!