News & Events

Sean is the New Rural Dean

We congratulate our Rector, The Rev’d Sean Semple, who has been invited by the Bishop of Hereford to become the next Rural Dean of the Ross and Archenfield Deanery. He will be licensed in a short ceremony at the Bishop’s Palace on the 29th March 2021.

As Rural Dean, he will provide missional and strategic leadership of the 40 parishes and churches in the south of the Diocese of Hereford and county, together with the Rev’d Tim Starling who will become Assistant Rural Dean when he takes up his post as Priest in Charge of the Wye Reaches Group of Parishes (near Monmouth) in the summer, and Major Patrick Darling who is the Lay Co-chair of the Deanery. 

The appointment comes at a challenging time for a Deanery that has been significantly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and faces a number of clergy retirements in the next few years. Sean asks for your ongoing prayers as he takes on this important role. 

National Day of Reflection

Tomorrow (Tuesday) marks a year since the first lockdown of this pandemic.

The Ross Parishes will be participating in the National Day of Reflection with a short service starting at 11:55 including a minute of silence.

Please join us as we remember all those that have been lost in this pandemic and give thanks for all those who have worked so hard through it. 11.55 am either at the Plague Cross in Ross Churchyard or in the churchyard in Walford. Alternatively, The Ross service will be live streamed on Facebook.

God’s Story: Our Story – Ross Town Council – Rachel

Throughout Lent, in our 9.30 Sunday live streamed services from St Mary’s, we’ve been listening to stories from people in our community about how the last 12 months have affected them.

Today we focus once more on our town, and hear from Rachel Lewis. Rachel’s role at the Town Council is to focus on Projects. She explains how the pandemic has changed her approach over the last 12 months.

#LiveLent #MotheringSunday

Come, collect a primrose for Mum!

The Mothers’ Union at St Mary’s invites you to come and collect a small plant for your mum from the north porch at St Mary’s. Normally flowers would be given for this purpose in the 9.30 service, this is the best we can do this year. When they’re gone, they’re gone!

Our Mothering Sunday Service will be live streamed on YouTube from St Mary’s on Sunday morning at 9.30.

God’s Story: Our Story – Brampton Abbotts School

Throughout Lent, in our 9.30 Sunday live streamed services from St Mary’s, we’ve been listening to stories from people in our community about how the last 12 months have affected them. As we reach the mid point of Lent (Mothering Sunday) we offer you key moments in a series of posts.

Today: how have they been doing at Brampton Abbotts Primary School? #LiveLent

Messy Church – Thursday, 4th March

It’s Messy Church this week…! Don’t forget to pick up your Messy@Home bags from St Mary’s porch today or tomorrow – or email back / message if you’d like us to deliver.

Then tomorrow (Thursday 4th), we’d love to welcome you to our Messy Celebration video from 4pm. Link on and social media.

And, at 4.15pm we’ll also be on Zoom as an extra option if you’d like to get together to show and tell about the Messy crafts, chat, catch up with each other, snack together. The Zoom link is Please sign in with your own name for safeguarding purposes so we know who is in the waiting room to come in!

We look forward to seeing you! Invite your friends!
PS We’re very much hoping that it won’t be too long before we can all get together in St Mary’s again – perhaps even for Easter! More info to follow!


As you may know, we’ve been posting regular Toast Story Time videos during lockdown, we hope you’ve been enjoying them, and thanks for your company. If you’ve missed any you can catch up at

We’ve decided, now, to take a break for a while, until Wednesday 19th May when we’re hoping we can be back in church for a physical meeting.

More about that nearer the time. In the meantime – continue to keep safe, and we’re really looking forward to seeing you all.