News & Events

St Mary’s Toast Club at Half Term

Are you on Half Term Holiday?

Toast Club is opening it’s doors to older brothers and sisters for Half Term.
Come and join us.

Toast Club – St Mary’s Church, Ross on Wye.

We have lots of space and the heating will be on.

Toys, activities and crafts plus Free tea/coffee and of course TOAST!
Wednesday 31st October at the later time of 10 – 11.30 am

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Talking Jesus

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Are you eager to pass on your faith to others around you but somehow can’t find the words? You’re not alone. Help is on its way.

The ‘Talking Jesus’ course consists of six practical sessions with inspirational testimonies and real-life examples from people who have been where you are and are now ‘talking Jesus’ with confidence.

Come and join us, for just six weeks, from 2 pm to 3 pm every Tuesday in St. Mary’s Hall.

Begins Tuesday 27th November, 2018.

For more information ask Simon or Christine.

Friday Food, Fun, Faith

We are pleased to announce the launch of a new group,

Friday Food Fun Faith (a working title)


Once a month on a Friday 3.45 pm until 5.15 pm Dates for this term are:

  • Friday 28th September
  • Friday 19th October
  • Friday 30th November


St. Mary’s Church, Ross-on-Wye


Food on arrival.
Table talk which is a fun based activity
5.30 pm – Conclusion of afternoon

The idea is that JKHS students can walk up to the church after school. As we will be eating assorted snacks first the start time is flexible so those from other schools can still join us.

This group is open to everyone in that age group (11 – 15) but please let us know you are coming for catering purposes, Contact Christine 07563 382 753

Sarah is leaving us

Our Rector, The Revd Sarah Jones has been appointed to the post of Priest in Charge of The City Parish of St John The Baptist, Cardiff. St Johns is at the heart of Cardiff City Centre. This is a significant post in the Diocese of Llandaff.

Sarah joined us as Assistant Curate in July 2004 and became Rector in December 2007. She has been with us for fourteen years and has been Rector for ten and a half years.

Sarahs last service in the benefice will be at Michaelmas on Sunday 30th September. She will be licensed to her new post on Thursday 18th October.

In the weeks ahead, we will be making arrangements to say farewell to Sarah and we are hoping to organise a visit to St Johns in Cardiff to be present at her licensing on 18th October.

We will let you know the details as soon as things progress.


Thinking Film – Thursday 6th September

Thinking Film is an opportunity to gather to discuss life’s big issues as they are treated in popular films and to see what faith has to say about them. It is intended as an opportunity for friendships to grow and beliefs to be shared in an atmosphere of respect and trust.

Our first film in the series is,

‘Eat, Pray, Love’

On Thursday 6th September, 7 pm in St Mary’s Hall

‘Eat, Pray, Love’ is the story of a personal search for meaning and fulfilment in life based on the bestselling book of the same title, by Elizabeth Gilbert. Dissatisfied with her marriage, her work and the expectations of her culture, writer, Liz Gilbert (Julia Roberts), tries to break free. Initially making a new relationship in which she is introduced to Eastern religion, she still feels an inner emptiness and decides to take a ‘gap year’ to make a journey of self-discovery. She experiences different approaches to life, work and spirituality found in other cultures.


Cert 15. (Includes mild sex references and strong language)

All are welcome. Entrance is free and includes a glass of wine and unlimited popcorn!

This the first film in a series.

  • 4th October, ‘Victoria and Abdul’;
  • 1st November, ‘Chocolat’;
  • 6th December, ‘Mary Magdalene’.

For more information contact Simon on 07462 893457

Organ Recital by Laurence John

We’re delighted that Laurence has agreed to give another organ recital at St Mary’s.

A former organist at St Mary’s, and organ scholar of Hereford Cathedral, Laurence is currently organ scholar at The Queen’s College, and organist of Pusey House, Oxford.

Saturday 18th August, 7.00 pm.

Tickets are priced at £10 (which includes wine at the interval). Tickets are also available from Pots and Pieces tearoom in town.

This is a Friends of St Mary’s event.

Day of Prayer

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St Mary’s welcomes you to an informal day of prayer where prayer stations will be available to help and inspire you to pray for our church, our town, our nation and beyond.

Join us on Saturday, 19th May, anytime from 9am until 5pm when we will end with a short time of prayer together


Brampton Abbotts Open Gardens

Five delightful gardens with varied terrains in the Wye Valley AONB are waiting to be explored in Brampton Abbotts on Saturday 2nd June.

The Gardens are open, to support St. Michael’s Hospice in their valuable work, between 12 and 5pm and the PCC is involved.

Tickets are £5 (children under 12 free) and provide entry to all five gardens, one of which will have refreshments and others plants for sale.

Signed parking is available beside the church, the village hall and at Townsend Farm, alternatively you may wish to walk across the fields from Ross via Netherton.

Detailed information here

Open Gardens – Thanks

Thanks to all who came along this afternoon to make our Open Garden such a success. Special thanks though to  Leah, Margaret, Margaret and Tina who served all the tea and cake. Thank you, too, to all who provided the yummy cake.

Together we raised £550 for St Mary’s.



Walford Open Gardens – Sunday 10th June

Walford is excited to announce the upcoming Summer Open Gardens to be held on Sunday 10th June. The gardens will open at 10am with Castle Brook selling brunch bacon and asparagus rolls. Other destination will take you on a horticultural tour of Howle Hill, Bull’s Hill, Coughton and Hom Green, closing at 4pm.

The cost of a ticket is £6 per adult and children are free. There will be something a little extra at each of the gardens to keep all the family entertained. This is a unique opportunity to see inside the most interesting “secret” gardens that Walford has to offer as well as views of our surrounding countryside that you’ll never before have been afforded.

All money raised will go towards the upkeep of our beautiful church.  If you able to offer any help on the day such as manning gates or assisting with parking, please do get in touch with Sanna Drummond. We look forward to seeing you on what promises to be a glorious day!



St Mary’s wrestles with the big issues

As part of it’s ‘Just Church’ series of services, St Mary’s church will this Sunday welcome Professor Adrian Kendry, visiting Professor of Economics and Security, The University of Winchester.

Professor Kendry’s talk, entitled ‘Social Justice and the Challenges from Economic Inequality, Artificial Intelligence and the Creation of a Sharing Society’, will highlight some of the greatest concerns of our age and encourage a look at the part society and the church can play in addressing and rebalancing them.

Just Church is on at 6.30pm, Sunday 29th April. All are welcome.


We need your help

Ross and Brampton Abbotts churches are jointly organising an exciting auction of promises that will take place on Saturday 7th July at 7.30 p.m. in St Mary’s.

We’d like your help to gather in as many exciting promises or lots as possible. Please think about what you might be able to provide.

If you are a business or organisation, in or around the area, could you ofeer us something to sell.

You can make a promise or donate an item now by completing a simple form 

You’ll find much more detail at Please help us to make this major fundraising event a fantastic success.

Lent Groups 2018

This year we have an exciting new study entitled ‘Walking towards Glory’, as we walk in the footsteps of Jesus to the Cross on a personal journey of faith.

The course is being held throughout the Benefice beginning on 19 February as follows:

  • Mondays at 7.30 pm in Ross at the homes of Pauline & Colin Leggate, Paul & Margaret Mason and Margaret Clark.
  • Tuesdays at 7.30 pm in Walford at Walford Vicarage.
  • Tuesdays at 10.30 am in Brampton Abbotts at Brampton Abbotts Vicarage.

Please contact Canon Chris Blanchard to join a group and for details about the venues.