St Mary, Kentchurch

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St Mary's Kentchurch is part of the Ewyas Harold Group of Parishes.

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.

Our usual Church Services are:
2nd Sunday - 11.15 am Holy Communion CW Order One Contemporary Language
4th Sunday - 6.00pm BCP Evensong.    EXCEPTIONS: ...

27.3.16  -  Easter Day HC at 11.15am

9.10.16  -  Harvest Festival followed by tea at 3pm

18.12.16  -  6pm Carol Service (unique to St Mary's - the nativity set to rhyme read by the community - arrive early)

No service Christmas Day 2016 - 10am Communions at Ewyas Harold (all-age) and Bacton (traditional 1662)

8.1.17  -  11.15am Plough Sunday Service at St Mary's (non-eucharistic)

5th Sundays 2016:-

29.5.16  -  Deanery Service with Lunch, Madley Church at 11am

31.7.16   -  10am Group Sung Eucharist at Dore Abbey with the English Choral Experience Consort

30.10.16  -  10am Group Communion, location tbd.  All Saint's Sunday.  6pm service in memoriam of loved ones, location tbd.

1.1.17  -  10am Group Communion, location tbd.

You are most welcome to join us.



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The Revd Ashley Evans
The Rectory,
Ewyas Harold,
Herefordshire HR2 0EZ
(01981) 240079 (Rector)

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Harvest Festival
Followed by a sumptious tea.
Sunday 9th October 2016 at 3:00 PM for 50 minutes
Harvest Produce Auction
Harvest Produce Auction in aid of Midlands Air Ambulance and St Mary's Kentchurch, at the Bridge Inn in Kentchurch on Thursday 13th October at 8.30pm (tbc). (Harvest Festival service on Sunday 8th October at 3pm in church, with tea after in the Coach House of Kentchurch Court.)
Thursday 13th October 2016 at 8:30 PM for 1½ hours
Carol Service
This carol service is unique, including the nativity story set to verse and read by members of the community. Refreshments afterwards.
Sunday 18th December 2016 at 6:00 PM for 1½ hours
Family Friendly
Plough Sunday Service
Blessing of the soil, seed and ploughs.
Sunday 8th January 2017 at 11:15 AM for 1 hour
All-age Communion
Family friendly communion service on Christmas Day morning.
Monday 25th December 2017 at 10:00 AM for 1 hour
Family Friendly Common Worship


Assistance dogs (eg guide dogs, hearing dogs, dogs for the disabled) welcome
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Incumbent: The Revd Ashley Francis EVANS
A Church Near You ID (venue number): 10579
Built: old site, 19th restoration
Archdeaconry: HEREFORD (181)
Deanery: ABBEYDORE (18101)
Parish Legal Name: KENTCHURCH (180020 18/20)
CofE Church Info: (618020 18/20)
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This page was last updated on Sunday 20th March 2016
St Mary , On minor road to Garway, west of B4347.Grid reference: SO 420256, Kentchurch, Herefordshire, HR2 0DA


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