News & Events

Join Colin for a Palm Sunday Ross Walk

Live on the website now at https://rawchurch.org.uk/digital-services is Revd Colin Leggate’s walk around parts of the town with thoughts on Palm Sunday, our local community and our current crisis.

More on next week’s many services at https://rawchurch.org.uk/holy-week-and-easter-2020/

Or make a palm cross with these instructions from Christine:

Virtual Coffee

Please note that Zoom have changed their security settings today. If you are hoping to join us for Virtual Coffee at 10.30 you will need the password 422974.

You will also find yourself in a waiting room when you join. If we recognise you we’ll let you in!

We are going to try to control the session this week by asking people

  • to contribute thoughts individually,
  • raising hands to speak,
  • also use the chat facility

Message from Sean Semple – 2nd April

Here is this week’s pastoral message from our Rector, Sean Semple. Together with a download on the subject of prayer.

The main points in this video:

  • Create a routine
  • Make a space for prayer
  • New resources coming for “Growing- Faith at Home
  • Coming services for Palm Sunday, Holy Week and Easter
  • Our website is our main communication channel now: https://rawchurch.org.uk
  • Desert Island discs – Sean’s second choice (did you know he’s an expert player of the bagpipes?)

There is much more on the website

An Update from the Community Larder

The Community Larder continues to operate on a Tuesday morning, we are serving people outside, to minimise personal contact, and offering prepacked bags to make the process quicker and more efficient.  We have been overwhelmed by the generosity of many local restaurants, pubs and shops who have sadly had to temporarily close down, but have given us large quantities of fresh produce.

At present we have not noticed a significant increase in demand for the Larder, although we are of course aware that this may happen as the current situation continues.

We have had a number of kind enquiries about making a financial donation and this can be done on line direct to the Ross Community Larder Bank Account;

Lloyd’s Bank Account Number 57486460 Sort Code 30 80 55

And of course, and most importantly, our sincere thanks for your prayerful support at this challenging time.

Lindsay Cole

Some thoughts for Mothering Sunday

Here is a 12 minute service for Mothering Sunday from St Mary’s. Not quite how we usually do it but we’ve tried to keep some of the familiar features:

If you want to pop something in the collection you can do that too (though if you’re a regular we’d really encourage you to look at the Parish Giving Scheme):

And while we can’t easily give you flowers for your mum, here’s a reminder of last year’s:

And so the service – Happy Mothering Sunday:

Coronavirus and our churches

We are following the national guidance from the Church of England on COVID-19 in our churches. This is of course changing all the time but at the moment this means:

  • Where the Peace is exchanged it is taking place with no person-to-person physical contact.
  • Communion is being received in “one kind” i.e. bread only and with no physical contact.
  • For the time being services are going ahead as advertised. Changes to the normal pattern will be advertised on our website.

For more information please see our dedicated page which is being regularly updated and https://www.churchofengland.org/more/media-centre/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-churches