News & Events

Christmas Services in Ross and Walford

Checkout the range of Christmas services at St Mary’s and Walford Churches.

St Marys Christmas

Highlights are the Candlelit Carol Service at St Mary’s on Sunday (4.00 pm)which this year celebrates the centenary of Nine Lessons and Carols. Also the Crib Service designed for children and young families on Monday afternoon at St Mary’s (4.00 pm) – come in Nativity costume and come early it’s usually standing room only.

The Greatest Gift – Deanery Youth Event @ St Mary’s

St Mary’s was privileged to host the first Ross and Archenfield Deanery’s youth event last night, The Greatest Gift. Nearly 20 young people came along to hear April Shipton perform and talk about her faith.

It was great to see some of the reordered space in St Mary’s being used so imaginatively.

We very much hope this will be the first of many similar events. Thanks to all those who came along to, or helped with this enjoyable event.

New home for the Community Larder

St Mary’s has always been proud to be the home of the Churches Together in Ross and District Community Larder (food bank) and today was a landmark occasion in its seven year history.

The Larder has moved from it’s rather inaccessible base on the fist floor on St Mary’s Hall to the basement. This means it’s now accessible all on the level. The move is largely thanks to the labours of Bryan Jones who has spent the last three months converting the disused space into a purpose built larder.

We were delighted to welcome The Revd Prebendary Jill Talbot-Ponsonby (the key mover behind the establishment of the Larder in 2011) to open the new facility.

The Larder continues to be open every Tuesday morning from 10.00 – 12.00 and is always grateful for donations of food.



Thinking Film

‘Thinking Film’ is back with the acclaimed ‘Mary Magdalene’.
A great film, stimulating conversation, a glass of wine and unlimited popcorn. What’s not to like?
Thursday 6th December 7pm in St. Mary’s Church Hall.
All welcome



Advent study groups

The Advent study this year is entitled ‘Come and Worship’ and is based on the carol Angels from the realms of glory.

There will be groups on Monday evenings with Pauline and with Paul and Margaret and on Tuesday evenings with Chris Blanchard. For more details contact Chris

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


Bereavement Service – 6.30 this evening

St Mary’s annual service for those who have been bereaved takes place on Sunday 4th November at 6.30. This is always a popular and moving service. We look forward to seeing you there.

There’s more help for those struggling to come to terms with bereavement on our website

The next Bereavement Cafe session takes place on Wednesday 28th November, 10.30 am – 12.00 noon in St Mary’s Hall.

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Finding a new Rector

We had a great meeting this morning with representatives from the three parishes to begin the process of selecting a new Rector. Everyone left feeling what a great offering we have at Ross, Walford and Brampton Abbotts churches. Thanks to John Daniels from Hereford Diocese for leading the meeting.

Thinking Film – Thursday 1st November


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.

All are welcome. Just turn up.
Entrance is free and includes a glass of wine and unlimited popcorn!
Chocolat is the third film in a series.

More films to be announced for 2019.

More information from Simon on 07462 893457

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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