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THE NEXT SUNDAY SERVICE IN RATTERY CHURCH WILL BE ON 18th APRIL at 11.15am
after which we will start a regular pattern of 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month – see below

The Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary has for over eight hundred years been the centre of Christian worship in the Parish of Rattery.

For up-to-date information please go to the website of Rattery and South Brent churches – click here

The church at Rattery is a community united in its faith in God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, serving the people of the Parish and is a part of the Body of Christ that is the church around the world. An average of 10 to 15 people attend Sunday morning services of worship, with larger gatherings at the times of the major festivals.

Pre the arrival of Covid 19, St Mary’s maintained a pattern of regular Sunday Worship in the form of a Communion Service, following the Church of England’s Common Worship Liturgy. However once a month one Sunday was devoted to an all-age family-focussed service.

With the advent of the pandemic, regular online Sunday worship at 9.30am has been maintained by virtue of a joint Zoom facility with our sister Parish of St Petroc’s in South Brent. The lifting of the country’s lockdown arrangement will determine future patterns of worship in St Mary’s.

At present during the COVID pandemic we are holding a service in St Mary’s of Morning Worship on the second Sunday of the month, and Holy Communion on the fourth Sunday of the month, at 11.15am.
Our Sunday services begin at 11.15 and children are very welcome at them all; if they are too young or too distracted to join in our act of worship, we have toys and games for them to play with, and welcome their presence amongst us.

We want our Church to be open to our community for private prayer. At present due to COVID the Church is open on Sundays  from about 9.00am until early evening

For more details about our services, online prayer opportunities and youth facilities within the village please contact Pam Saunders, our Licensed Lay Minister, on 01364 73202. We also have access to a Pastoral Visiting Scheme and if a visit would benefit please contact parishvisitors12@gmail.com

St Mary’s is an inclusive church with a very warm welcome to everyone, from those who simply want to come and see our lovely church to those who would like to join us for worship. There is diversity in the faith tradition of our members, as is often found in churches of the Anglican Communion. 

A brief description of the church building
The Church was built in the twelfth century and subsequently enlarged in the thirteenth and fifteenth centuries. It is a Grade One listed building.

One of the most distinctive features of the interior of the church is the colourful sgraffito which dates from the 1870’s. The word sgraffito comes from the Italian word for ‘scratched’. Sgraffito has its origins in the pottery work of the ancient Greeks.

The font is of great antiquity and much interest. Its design is certainly Norman. The bowl and stem are of red sandstone and the base a grey stone. The cup-shaped bowl is surrounded by shallow flutings.

There are five church bells. Three were cast in 1763. One inscribed ‘God preserve the Church’; another ‘God save the King’; the third has three gold coin impressions, a George II guinea and both sides of a John V Portuguese coin dated 1743. This is very unusual and rare. The one cast in 1901 has the inscription, ‘Hear me when I call’, and the last, cast in 1911, is inscribed ‘George V Rex, 1911.

The Parochial Church Council fully recognises its stewardship responsibilities for this very special building. It has established a special Committee to focus on restoring the fabric of St Mary’s and its decorative features, and developing the facilities which can be offered by both the building and the churchyard for the benefit of the Parish of Rattery and the wider community.

More details of this project can be obtained from Churchwarden, Michael Jack on 07767496857.

If anyone after visiting the Churchyard would like to help with its upkeep, please contact Rob Needham via robroving7@gmail.com