Church and Parish lifeBuilding and History
We are a friendly and welcoming church serving the villages of Ripple, Uckinghall, Naunton, Ryall and Holly Green

As well as our regular Sunday services, we run special services at various times of the year. Our annual Crib service is a particularly joyous occasion for both young and old.

Apart from Easter, Christmas and occasional special Sundays like Remembrance Sunday, our service pattern is as follows:

First Sunday of the Month Matins 11am
Second Sunday of the Month Holy Communion 8am
Third Sunday of the month Morning Prayer 9:30am
Fourth Sunday of the month Holy Communion 11am
Fifth Sunday of the Month Benefice Service – see calendar.

We have an enthusiastic Bell Ringing team and we are very blessed in our Team Captain. We are also blessed by hardworking teams of lockers and unlockers, (who keep the church open at all times) and cleaners and flower arrangers (who contribute so much to the care and beauty of the church). Our organ is much appreciated by those who come to play for our services.

The church makes a beautiful setting for the weddings of couples who have a connection to the parish, the majority of whom return for the baptism of their children.

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St Mary’s Church is the biggest medieval church in Worcestershire and one of Simon Jenkins’s 1000 best churches in England. It is also to be found in John Betjeman’s book on churches and in the ‘AA guide to Churches and Chapels Worth Visiting’. Details can be found at www.achurchnearyou.com.

The church was built in the 12th and 13th Centuries and was extensively restored in 1999. It contains 16 misericords carved not by monks but by local craftsmen who wanted to record the village activities typical of the twelve months of the year. These attract many visitors from around the world. The pews were made by a local carpenter in the 18th century. The stained glass is not very old but includes a fine Charles Kempe and a memorial window to the Founder of The Sealed Knot, Brigadier Peter Young, who lived at Uckinghall and worshipped at the Church.

The Sealed Knot keeps its Book of Remembrance in the church and we have a Founder’s Day Service on the Second Sunday in October, when the members come to church in Cavalier and Roundhead costumes complete with halberds, swords, spurs and breastplates. About ten Standards are presented with accompanying drumbeats and the whole occasion is wonderfully colourful.

 

 

Location Information

St Mary’s Church, Ripple

The Cross, Ripple, Tewkesbury, GL20 6HA
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