St Michael & All Angels, Ewyas Harold
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St Michael & All Angels' Ewyas Harold is the parish church of Ewyas Harold & Dulas parish, formed in September 2008 when St Michael's Dulas was closed. It is part of the Ewyas Harold Group of Parishes. For information on services see below.
The attractive church in Ewyas Harold dominates the village and is the main church of the benefice (the Ewyas Harold Group of Parishes). Its massive 13th century tower was originally detached and is evocative of the need for a secure refuge in troubled times along the English-Welsh border. It was only linked to the chancel of c.1300 through the sympathetic restoration and additions of the 19th century. The earlier dedication was to Saint James and Saint Bartholomew and it was served by monks from Dulas. In 1359 Gloucester Abbey appointed a Vicar for Saint Michael’s. Although initially based at Dulas, he also served the church at Ewyas Harold and here this eventually resulted in a change of dedication. The builders were the Tregoz family who held the nearby castle, with its chapel of Saint Nicholas. The early 14th century effigy in the chancel is reputed to be of Clarissa de la Warr, daughter of John Tregoz and grand-daughter of the sister of Saint Thomas Cantilupe of Hereford. 16th century carvings from Flanders and 17th century panels were preserved in the restoration. There are six bells, rung regularly. The stained-glass is among the features added in modern times. The cross base and shaft in the graveyard are medieval. More information can be found in the 1902 History of Ewias Harold by Rev. A.T. Bannister, which includes a summary of the surviving priory documents, and also in the guidebook on sale in the church.
Facilities: accessible toilets in adjacent hall when church is in use for services.
Dulas has had two known Churches. The foundations of the Benedictine Priory Church of Saint Michael of Ewias lie under the lawn of Dulas Court. It was a cell of Saint Peter’s Abbey of Gloucester until its suppression in 1358. By the 16th century the adjacent building was described as a hermitage. When this church was demolished, one of its 12th century arches was re-erected as an entrance to the kitchen garden. The base and shaft of a churchyard cross remain on the site. The new church built nearby in a medieval style in 1865 with 17th century woodwork, incorporated one of the bells from the old site. This church was closed in 2008. There is a non-eucharistic service each Sunday in Dulas Court at 4.15pm arranged by Churches Together in Ewyas Harold.
From May 2017 our usual* Church Services at Ewyas Harold are:
1st Sunday - 10.00am Holy Communion CW (Order One Contemporary)
2nd Sunday - 9.30am Cafe Church
3rd Sunday - 10.00am Holy Communion CW (Order One Contemporary)
4th Sunday - 10.00am Holy Communion CW (Order One Contemporary)
Coffee is available after every Sunday service. Every 3rd Weds of the month - 10am Holy Communion.
* We will be in vacancy from May 2017 and so the normal service pattern may be altered on account of availability of service leaders.
Maundy Thursday Eucharist at 7pm
Good Friday Service (Ecumenical) in the Methodist Church at 12noon (preceded by Silent Walk of Witness from St Michael's at 11.40am)
Easter Sunday Communion at 10.00am - in 2017 with the Archdeacon of Hereford, the Ven. Paddy Benson.
HARVEST FESTIVAL 2017:
Sunday 24th September at 11am, followed by lunch in the church hall (tbc).
Sunday 22nd October at 4.15pm - Dulas Court Harvest Festival (tbc).,
CHRISTMAS 2017 (all tbc or tba):
Carol Service to be arranged.
Sun 17 Dec at 4.30pm - Dulas Court Carol Service.
Carols Around the Tree (in the village centre) to be arranged.
Christmas Eve - 4pm Christingle/Crib Service ...
... and Midnight Communion at 11.30pm
2018 Christmas Day - 10am All-age Communion
5th Sundays 2017:-
Sun 30th April - Group Communion (CW Trad) at 10am in Dore Abbey with the Abbey Singers (our Rector's last service)
Sun 30th July 2017 - Deanery Eucharist at 10am in Dore Abbey with the English Choral Experience Consort (tbc).
29.10.17 - Deanery Service, details tba.
31.12.17 - 10am Group Communion, details tba.
You are most welcome to join us.
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