News & Events

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.

Laurence’s Recital – Take 2

If you missed Laurence’s recital yesterday evening, or if you just thought it was so amazing that you’d like to relive the experience, you can see it at 7.30 this evening (Sunday 26th July) when it premieres on YouTube in a specially edited version. It will, of course, be available any time after that.

Pour yourself a glass of wine, sit back and relax – and no false starts this time!

There is no charge for this recital but it is a fundraising event. A great deal of hard work has gone into make it what we hope will be an enjoyable experience. We hope you’ll consider donating to the maintenance and development of the fabric of St Mary’s.

This is Laurence’s third summer recital at St Mary’s. His two previous concerts were near sell outs and attracted 300 music lovers from all over Herefordshire and surrounding counties.

Laurence said: “Though churches are now open for public worship, social distancing restrictions are still quite severe and effectively mean that holding a recital in the church itself is not a realistic possibility. So the concert is being streamed live on the internet and will still be available for viewing at home for some time afterwards.”

Laurence is also breaking with tradition in another way. “Organists generally tend to compile their own recital programmes. But this time I wanted to give audience members a relatively rare opportunity to select their own favourite pieces of music. We’ve had many requests and I’m afraid I’ve not been able to include them all, so please accept my apologies if your piece has not made it.”

Five years ago, Laurence, who was then a sixth form pupil at Hereford Cathedral School, became possibly St Mary’s youngest ever organist in the church’s 700-year history.

He subsequently went on to become organ scholar at Hereford Cathedral where, on occasions, he also conducted the cathedral choir and once played a fanfare for the arrival of the Duke of Kent.

For the past three years he has been an organ scholar and music student at The Queen’s College Oxford. During this time he has accompanied the college’s world famous choir on BBC Radio Three’s Choral Evensong, played at a Westminster Abbey Eucharist, with a congregation from all over the world, and toured with the choir in the United States, Spain and Portugal.

PROGRAMME

Litanies — Jehan Alain (1911–40)

Noël Variations — Louis-Claude Daquin (1694–1772)

Hornpipe from Water Music — G.F. Handel (1685–1759)

Three pieces based on hymn tunes

            Rhosymedre — Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872–1958)

            Ar Hyd y Nos — Welsh traditional (arr. Laurence John)

            Nun danket alle Gott — Siegfried Karg-Elert (1877–1933)

Carol from Five Bagatelles — Gerald Finzi (1901–56)

Postlude in D minor — C.V. Stanford (1852–1924)

Nimrod from Enigma Variations — Edward Elgar (1857–1934)

Toccata from Symphonie V — Charles-Marie Widor (1844–1937)

Services this week

Sunday’s service, at 9.30 am at St Mary’s is for churches in The Ross and Archenfield Deanery. You will be most welcome to attend in person but you’ll need to book a seat – we’re limiting the congregation to 40.

Alternatively you will be able to watch the service as a live stream.

https://www.facebook.com/StMarysRoss/live/

There will be a live streamed said Communion service at 10.00 on Thursday. Again that can be viewed on our Facebook page.

Brampton Abbotts’ glitzy film premiere

It was a delight to welcome Year 6 from Brampton Abbotts Primary School to St Mary’s yesterday evening for the premiere of their film “Zoom School the Musical”

Brampton Abbotts have been something of a beacon school for the county over recent months, making excellent use of learning platforms and Zoom for learning on a daily basis. They’ve become so proficient that the final icing on the cake was to make a 40 minute film, all remotely with clever scripting. direction and editing from their teacher and deputy head teacher Sara Herriott, assisted by teaching assistant Jemma Jones.

Two screenings took place in order to accommodate half of the class at a time, with their parents, in family bubbles, 40 people per screening.

With an introduction and endorsement by Frank Cottrell Boyce, they’ve already been featured on Radio Hereford & Worcester and this morning will appear on Radio 5 Live.

You can watch the long awaited film here.

Meet Bishop Richard

Put your questions to Richard Jackson, Bishop of Hereford 

Meet Bishop Richard live via Zoom on Wednesday 15 July, 7.30pm. Get to know more about him, discuss the future of your parish and put your questions directly to him.

Ross and Archenfield Rural Dean Mark Johnson along with Lay Co-Chair Patrick Darling will be interviewing Bishop Richard and putting your questions forward.

As the church prepares to open its doors once more it’s a timely opportunity to take a fresh view, have an input into how you want your church to develop and make your views known. Contact Marion Lyons at randadeanerysec@gmail.com to receive log in details for the Zoom meeting

Organ Recital

We’re celebrating the easing of Coronavirus lockdown measures in many ways and not least with a gala organ recital by one of Britain’s finest young classical musicians.

Laurence John, 22 and a Ross resident, will perform an hour-long internet programme of requests from St Mary’s on Saturday 25 July at 7.30.

This will be Laurence’s third summer recital at the church. His two previous concerts were near sell outs and attracted 300 music lovers from all over Herefordshire and surrounding counties.

Laurence said: “Though churches are now open for public worship, social distancing restrictions are still quite severe and effectively mean that holding a recital in the church itself is not a realistic possibility. So the concert will be streamed live on the internet and will still be available for viewing at home for some time afterwards.”

Laurence is also breaking with tradition in another way. “Organists generally tend to compile their own recital programmes. But this time I want to give audience members a relatively rare opportunity to select their own favourite pieces of music. I can’t guarantee to play them all. It all depends on the response. But I shall do my best and think I can promise a varied, interesting, and enjoyable evening.”

Five years ago, Laurence, who was then a sixth form pupil at Hereford Cathedral School, became possibly St Mary’s youngest ever organist in the church’s 700-year history.

He subsequently went on to become organ scholar at Hereford Cathedral where, on occasions, he also conducted the cathedral choir and once played a fanfare for the arrival of the Duke of Kent.

For the past three years he has been an organ scholar and music student at The Queen’s College Oxford. During this time he has accompanied the college’s world famous choir on BBC Radio Three’s Choral Evensong, played at a Westminster Abbey Eucharist, with a congregation from all over the world, and toured with the choir in the United States, Spain and Portugal.

Requests for virtual seats (and pieces) can be made at https://fosmross.org.uk/laurence

Voluntary donations to the Friends of St Mary’s can also be made on the website. They will go directly to St Mary’s on this occasion and be used in accordance with the Friends aims and objectives.

Church this week

Sunday 5th July

We’re back in church again and there will be a service at 9.30 am. You are welcome to attend but you’ll need to book a place

The full order of service will be available here later in the week for you to download and bring with you (digitally on your device or printed).

The service will be live streamed to our Facebook page (you don’t need a Facebook account to view that – only to interact with it). It will also be recorded and available here and on Facebook when the service has finished.

Virtual Coffee will take place in Zoom immediately after the service. Feel free to bring your flask of coffee to church or to join in at home. We’ll have a live link to Zoom from the church and a screen to connect with folks at home.

Thursday 2nd July

There will also be a live stream from St Mary’s at 10.00 am on Thursday of a said Eucharist. Again, this will be on our Facebook page

Remember a loved one

Ross Remembers is a new website (https://rossremembers.org) where you can remember a loved one who has died.

All you need to do that, is a photograph (or more) and a short piece of text about the person. There is the option to add prayers and poetry, anything really that you think is relevant. All is explained on the site.

The site is free to use and you can include anyone there who has died for any reason. It is open to people of any faith and none.

We will also be holding a streamed service from St Mary’s on Monday 13th July at 8.30 pm at which we will remember by name all those who have died in Ross, Walford and Brampton Abbotts this year as well as all those who have been added to the site by that time. If there is anyone you’d particularly like us to remember in the service please let us know.

Laurence John – Organ Recital

We’re delighted that Laurence has offered another recital at St Mary’s.

This one will be at a distance though. He’ll be playing in Church but the audience will be in their home watching online. The advantages are:

  • It’s totally safe
  • You’ll be able to “chat” live – Laurence will respond (between pieces!)
  • We’ll reach places with cameras we can’t usually
  • You can make requests
  • There’s no charge (though donations are invited prominently for The Friends and St Mary’s).

What’s not to like!

Though not essential you can book your seat here, you can also request a piece. We’ll send you details of where you can find it in due course.

Live Family Service on Sunday

Live Family Service for the Ross Parishes – 10.45 on Zoom – All are welcome to join us for family worship. Please email Chris Blanchard in advance if you would like to attend, to receive an email link to the service with info about how to prepare and what to bring.

We will be imagining and exploring Jesus’ parable “The kingdom of God is like a party…” through songs and actions, story telling and prayers. Exploring the Bible and praying using imagination is an approach that Christians of all ages and backgrounds have used for centuries. You can also listen to a guided meditation on the same passage here:   https://taketime.org.uk/themed-meditations/103-the-great-banquet/   You might like to try it. Do ask Caroline Pascoe or Chris Blanchard if you’d like to know more. 

Toast tomorrow

Looking forward to Toast and Toddle on Wed at 10.00am for an hour of fun, stories and songs, everybody welcome!

This week the story will be read by Anne, children – please make sure you bring your toothbrush! last week’s story is on the Facebook group page:

Gill and Geoff will be arranging a scavenger hunt and Helen will provide the music.

With Father’s Day on the horizon, Gill has suggested a very personal gift that you can make for the big day. 

You will need:-

  • A jar or small box
  • Several lego bricks
  • An adult armed with a permanent marker
  • … I will reveal all on Wednesday!

To join the Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83608422213…

Password: 402806

Access to St Mary’s

We are delighted that work has started today on phase 3 of our ongoing remodelling of St Mary’s. This will bring major improvements to the accessibility and welcome of the main entrance. For more information on exactly what is happening (and what has been ached so far) please visit https://reordering.org

The church building remains closed this week and although the doors may be open while the building team begins the work we ask you not to enter.

However, following the government’s recent announcement that places of worship can open from Monday 15th June, the building will be accessible to visitors and for private prayer from that date. We are currently putting arrangement in place for that.