Deanery Youth – The Greatest Gift


Our very first joint Deanery youth event will be a Christmas gathering for young people.

This event is aimed at those aged 14 plus and will feature the testimony and music of talented local Christian singer songwriter April Shipton. There will also be food, fun and free gifts.

Sunday 16th December, 6.30 – 8.00 pm  |  St Mary’s Church, Ross-on-Wye

More details from Christine

Paddle & Praise and Paddle & Praise Plus

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An opportunity for small children, with a parent, to enjoy some time in the water, to engage in a short informal worship activity and to play and socialise. Paddle and Praise takes place monthly, usually on Monday at the beginning of the month, 09:30 – 11:30 in a private indoor pool in Walford. Dates are published in the events calendar. For more information please contact Wendy Alston

Paddle & Praise Plus is for older children, of school age.

Published Dates

26th October 2018 4.00 pm Paddle and praise plus (school aged children)

5th November 2018 9.30 am paddle and praise

3rd December 2018 9.30 am paddle and praise

Play and Praise

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Takes place in St Mary’s Church on a Saturday morning, 10:30 – 12:00 usually once a term. The morning offers craft and play activities for young children under 9 in the main body of the Church, with older children meeting in the choir vestry or hall.


Coffee and homemade cakes are available and the chance to chat. The session ends with a story and worship.  Dates and times are published in the events calendar. Please contact Anne Morris for more information.

Sunday Kids

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This is St Mary’s Sunday school which takes place usually on the first, third and fifth Sundays of the month during the 09:30 service. Children leave the service for a period and go to the new purpose built children’s room in the church. At the end of the service children present the work they’ve been doing to the congregation.

Family Services

Family-friendly services take place in Walford on the second Sunday of each month at 9:30am with refreshments served after the service, and the fourth Sunday of each month at 11:15am with refreshments served beforehand from 10:45am.  There are break-away activities for the children during the service and the mood is relaxed and welcoming. All Age Worship takes place at St Mary’s on the fourth Sunday of the month at 9.30 am.



Walford has a very active Scout Group with Beavers, Cubs and Scouts meeting at various times through the week. Please see their website for details

St Mary’s Choir


St Mary’s Choir is respected throughout the area for its high musical standard. The choir sings for the 09:30 service each Sunday at St Mary’s at for Choral Evensong on the second and fourth Sundays of the month. Rehearsals are on Fridays, 7.00 – 8.00 and before services. Choral Scholarships are available for KS3 Students of Grade 3 standard or above. More information on the dedicated music website for St Mary’s