Whispering across Centuries
During 2018 a number of individuals and groups were invited to visit St. Michael and All Angels at Brampton Abbotts, near Ross-on-Wye, in order to produce a personal artistic response. The Norman Church has been closed for worship since 2008 when the roof was found to be unsafe, however in recent weeks conservation work has been completed and there are now plans to open up the building again.
Many churches find themselves in similar circumstances and this travelling collective exhibition is intended to raise awareness of these issues while celebrating this particular church and its place within the community and wider landscape.
For further information on the exhibition or to purchase an artwork please contact John Sherahilo
To discover more about the repair work upon the Church visit: thedailybread.org.uk
Nick, our departing Administrator has just been up the tower to find a nest at the top. We wish the family all the best for the safe arrival of their chicks!
More importantly we wish Nick all the best in his new role and welcome Louise Jarvis back to the Benefice Office when she starts on Monday.
At St Mary’s we think 2019 is a very special year.
Why? Because so far we know of several members of the congregation who are celebrating significant wedding anniversaries, with three Diamond (60 years), seven Golden (50 years), one Ruby (40 years) and two Silver (25 years) anniversaries making a total of six hundred and twenty years of marriage between them.
All wedding anniversaries are special no matter how long people have been married, so will you join us at St Mary’s for a Service of Celebration of Marriage on July 7th at 4pm? This will be a happy occasion with displays of photographs, wedding dresses and other memorabilia.
The service will include prayers, readings and music all of which have special memories for those who have been married in church and there will be an opportunity for those who want to renew their vows. After the service there will be ‘Wedding Cake’ and other refreshments.
Sunday 7th July, 4pm. Put it in your diary!
Brampton Abbotts Church is about to be open for business again after ten years of doubt and a shorter, more recent period of substantial hard work.
Come and see for yourself, hear what’s been achieved so far and learn of exciting plans for the future on this community open day on 30th May.
The doors of St Mary’s are open every day and our visitors book shows we get lots of people coming in, either to look around or spend some time in the peace and quietness. They generally leave favourable comments too! Everyone is always very welcome at St Mary’s.
However, this Saturday we want to extend a particular welcome to residents and visitors to come in and see what’s going on. We have just completed the second phase of the reordering of the church with the removal of the rest of the pews. It has made a new and exciting space.
We are also doing lots of new and interesting things, particularly aimed at children and families. And there’s also lots of familiar things to reconnect with, whether it be contemplative prayer, support for the sick and housebound or our monthly film nights.
There’s so much going on at St Mary’s. So come along and see what we’re up to on Saturday 4th May from 10am until 4pm. A warm welcome awaits you as well as coffee and delicious cakes all morning.
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 next showing will be:
All are welcome, Just turn up.
Entrance is free and includes a glass of wine and unlimited popcorn.
For more information contact Simon 07462 893457
Have you ever asked them? Here’s your chance!
Our very own Derek Glover was invited to receive Maundy Money this year at Windsor Castle. We congratulate him!
Here’s how the remainder of Holy Week and Easter shapes up at St Mary’s Church, Ross-on-Wye.
More at https://rawchurch.org.uk/easter
We had a fantastic Come & Sing event at St Mary’s on Sunday. Faure’s Requiem in a devotional service for Holy Week, with a choir of around 40 singers. Well done and thank you to everyone who came along either to sing or to form a congregation. Thanks also to all who provided cake, to Adrian for playing and Cameron and Fiona for their wonderful solos.
We hope the next one will be at Christmas, as part of the Christmas Tree Festival.
What a wonderful group of people we had yesterday for the walk of witness (part 1) from Brampton Abbotts to Ross.
There’s an opportunity to join them for part 2 this evening (from St Mary’s Church to Walford Church). Meet at St Mary’s today (Tuesday 16th April) at 5.30 pm.
Good Friday (19th April) 10 – 12 noon. Drop in any time to St Mary’s.
The Wednesday lunches, with their delicious home made soup and bread have only two more weeks to run. Don’t miss out! 12.30 pm in St Mary’s Hall this Wednesday (10th) and next Wednesday (17th April).
There’s still time to book your place in the choir for our next Come & Sing event at St Mary’s Ross.
4.00 rehearsal for 6.30 performance. Book your place here.
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 next showing will be,
All are welcome. Just turn up. Entrance is free and includes a glass of wine and unlimited popcorn! For more information contact Simon on 07462 893457 or see our website http://www.rawchurch.org.uk
We are delighted to report that the Revd Sean Semple has been appointed as the next Rector of the Benefice of Ross with Walford and Brampton Abbotts.
Sean is currently the Incumbent in the Weobley and Staunton Group of Parishes (7 churches) and so is no stranger to Hereford Diocese. Prior to his appointment there, in 2015, he has worked in the Presbyterian and Anglican Churches in South Africa, and in the Anglican Church in Cyprus. Sean was born in South Africa.
He will be moving to Ross later in the year (date to be confirmed) with his wife Jenny and son Lex. Sean and Jenny have four older children currently living in South Africa, North Carolina and Scotland.
We look forward to welcoming them to Ross.
Many will be aware that there is major building work going on at Brampton Abbotts Church. You can learn a lot about what’s going on in this recently releases film.
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.
Here friendships grow and beliefs are 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!
Next screening: Tuesday 2nd April
We’re about half way through phase 2 of the reordering work at St Mary’s and the spaces that already opening up now that pews are almost out of the way are very attractive – a sight not seen since 1862.
We are keeping the church open when possible, that is now most of the time but please be careful when visiting.
If you’re interested in a pew there are still one or two left and we’d like to get them out of the church as soon as possible. Please contact us. There is more on pews (and reordering) at http://www.reordering.org