Church of England Diocese of Hereford Ross

Facilities and features

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Accessibility

Our newly reordered building has accessible toilets.

Our newly reordered building has accessible toilets with baby changing facilities.

Parking is available all around the church either on-street or in a number of car parks that are within walking distance.

Our newly reordered building has accessible toilets.

Parking is available all around the church either on-street or in a number of car parks that are within walking distance. If you need to be very close to the church then a limited amount of parking is available in the churchyard. It would be advisable to contact us first though.

We now have a very gentle slope and flat entrance into St Mary's with automatic opening doors.

Hearing (induction) Loop

Large print versions of all service material is available.

All dogs are welcome here.

Gluten-free refreshments

Our Building

Come and light a candle, or just enjoy the inspiration of this church for quiet prayer.

We have a Grade 1 listing.

We are working towards an Eco Church bronze award.


Music and Worship

We have a team of ringers that rehearses every Tuesday evening and rings for the 9.30 service each Sunday as well as weddings and special services. We have a peal of 8 bells

Concerts, hosted by the church community and others take place regularly here each year. Ross-on-Wye Choral Society stage several concerts at St Mary's each year.

Three manual pipe organ - 1921 - Heele & Co Plymouth. Fully restored in 2011. Regularly in use for services, concerts and recitals.

Choral Evensong (1662) led by our choir, takes place on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of each month. Thursday (10 am) and Sunday (8 am) said communions weekly.

We are very proud of our choir which leads the music in all our main services. Choral Evensong takes place at 6.00 pm on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month. The choir sings regularly in cathedrals around the country and have a strong reputation locally.


Groups, Courses and Activities

LEAF (Life, eating and friendship) takes place weekly - usually on Fridays. This is a growing group of young people of secondary school age.

The Alpha Course is run regularly at St Mary's.

Addaction meets in our church hall

LEAF (Life, eating and friendship!) takes place weekly now - usually Fridays. This is a growing group of young people of secondary school age.

Two courses took place in 2019 and we are planning a third virtually in autumn 2020. Please ask about our plans for 2021.

We run regular weekly groups - please see our website.

Normally held on the first Saturday of each month in church or St Mary's Hall. 10.30 - 12 noon.
Coffee and refreshments normally served after all our main services.

Our recently reordered church is growing as a hub for community groups and events.

Our weekly Community Cafe is attractive to those seeking employment. Skilled people are on-hand to assist with job applications and writing of CVs.

Quick Sings happen once a month - singing for wellbeing - http://www.singoutstrong.co.uk/quick-sing-sessions.html

Please let us know if you would be interested in helping to run or attend a holiday club this summer.

The Ross Community Larder provides support on a Tuesday morning.

Quick Sings happen once a month - singing for wellbeing - http://www.singoutstrong.co.uk/quick-sing-sessions.html

Messy Church meets monthly on the first

Meets monthly in St Mary's Hall on the first Wednesday of each month https://rossparishes.uk/the-mothers-union/

Toast and Toddle runs every Wednesday during term time and "specials" during school holidays. https://rossparishes.uk/other-st-marys-groups/

Toast and Toddle is a weekly drop in on a Wednesday morning for parents/carers and toddlers.
Toast to eat, chat, toys.


Help for Visitors

We have Free Wi-Fi in the church.

Available on request.

We have excellent provision for visitors interested both in the history of the church and town and in the work of the church. Displays will be found around the building. Visitor information panels are located at various points and referenced in a free leaflet available to visitors. A number of films made in partnership with local primary schools are accessible from QR codes around the building or in the apps associated with the town's growing AR Museum Without Walls.

Used at various times and occasions though not routinely open to visitors.

Our church is open every day from 9.00 am - 5.00 pm


Other Features

St Mary's Hall hosts the Churches Together in Ross and District Food Larder which is open every Tuesday morning, along with the Community Cafe now called "Signpost" that meets in St Mary's. .

We have excellent provision for visitors interested both in the history of the church and town and in the work of the church. Displays will be found around the building. Visitor information panels are located at various points and referenced in a free leaflet available to visitors. A number of films made in partnership with local primary schools are accessible from QR codes around the building or in the apps associated with the town's growing AR Museum Without Walls.

We serve only Fair Trade tea and coffee. A range of Fair Trade products are sold at our first Saturday of the month coffee mornings each month.

Our recently reordered church building, now superbly adaptable, as well as our Hall are both available for hire for a surprising large variety of events.