St Mary, Kentchurch
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St Mary's Kentchurch is part of the Ewyas Harold Group of Parishes. www.kentchurch.org.uk
The village name suggests that the original dedication was to the 5th century nun Saint Cein / Keyne, or more possibly her sister Saint Ceingar. Both daughters of King Brychan of Brycheiniog/Breconshire, Saint Ceingar’s son was the Saint Cynidr of Kenderchurch. Certainly Saint Ceingar founded a church, usually said to be in Maelienydd, north-east Radnorshire, but it could have been the church at Kentchurch. Although the present church is in the style of c.1290-1350, it was rebuilt in 1859 by the Scudamore family of nearby Kentchurch Court. A number of 17th and 18th monuments and floor-slabs were retained from the old church. That commemorating John Scudamore, 1616, also depicts his widow and their ten children, one a baby in a cradle. The bells were cast by the famous firm of Abraham Rudhall of Gloucester, who cast hundreds of bells between 1684 and 1835, and are rung regularly.
SERVICES. We will be in vacancy from May 2017. Our usual church services are as follows but may therefore be subject to alteration.
1st Sunday - 11.15 am Holy Communion CW Order One Contemporary Language
3rd Sunday - 6.00pm BCP Evensong. EXCEPTIONS: ...
16.4.17 - Easter Day HC (CW Contemp) at 11.15am
Harvest Festival on a Sunday in October at 3pm followed by tea (tbc).
17.12.17 - 6pm Carol Service (unique to St Mary's - the nativity set to rhyme read by the community - arrive early)
Christmas Day 2017 - 10am Communion (CW Contemp, All-age)
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.
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