Welcome to Our New Website


Welcome to our new Website. Keep checking back over the coming weeks, as we will be adding lots of new content. If you have any suggestions of what you think the site should have, then get in touch with Tony.

We hold services of various kinds each Sunday and the pattern of services is set out below. In addition special services are held during the year and details of these can be viewed by clicking on the dates opposite.

Christmas Services

All are warmly welcome to join our Christmas services in your village Church

Village Christingle  with School  Carol Concert - Wednesday 17th December at 6.00 pm

This service is led by Ruardean C of E School and is open to everyone to attend.

Family Communion with Carols - Sunday 21st December at 10.00 am

The Village Carol Service was well received and attended last year taking a morning slot for the first time. Again the village community is invited to celebrate the coming of Christ’s birth and to share communion.

Candlelit Midnight Mass – 24th December at 11.30 pm

At 11.30 pm we prepare to celebrate Christ’s birth in this Candlelit Mass with the traditional Christmas Liturgy including hymns and carols of praise and thanksgiving.

Christmas Day Said Eucharist – 25th December at 10.00 am

Space and time in the morning  for individuals and families to reflect on Christ’s birth and meaning by sharing Parish communion with each other.

Christmas Fair – Saturday 6th December 2014

Christmas Fair – Saturday 6th December 11.00 am – 2.00 pm

Enter the Festive season and top up on those Christmas presents or treat yourself from a variety of stalls. Breakfasts will be served all day plus sandwiches (toasted if you like!) and Jacket Potatoes at  lunchtime. We are expecting Father Christmas to pay us a visit so children, be ready to let him know what you wish for Christmas!

Ruardean Lunches

The popular Soup and Pudding lunches have again recommenced for the Autumn/winter season and are not only confined to homemade soup! Everyone is welcome whether a regular attendee or visiting the village.

The lunches commence at 12.00 noon on the following Wednesdays in 2014

22nd October
12th November
10th December

Links to other Web Sites

The Church has been part of Ruardean community for over 900 years. Through links from our Web site you can also find information about other organisations that contribute to the life of the Village and surrounding communities. Click on the tab ‘links’ at the top of the page to view.

(The Church do not have any responsibility for the content of external web sites that are linked)


We currently offer the following pattern of Sunday and weekday services. For details of dates please see the calendar on the Home Page.

First Sunday of the Month 10.00 a.m – Worship for All

This is very much a gathering together and the services are designed to engage with all generations. Children, if they wish, are encouraged to help lead each service along with our lay Local Ministry Team, which often includes an activity  or talk (rather than the traditional sermon) and, whilst  involving plenty of fun, nevertheless helps us to gain understanding and meaning of the Christian message.

The service lasts no more than 40 minutes and is designed to fit in with our busy lives. With a combination of hymns and songs both traditional and those more familiar to the younger generation, this is worship where we say in simple words sorry for not being loving, listening to the word of God, confirming in what we believe and offering our prayers for others.

These services are held monthly and follow a theme, whether a particular season of the year, the meaning of one of the parables, or special services such as Mothering Sunday or Harvest Festival.

All are welcome, whether you live in the village, or visiting the area.

Second and Fourth Sunday of the Month 10.00 am – Sung Eucharist (with healing on Fourth Sunday)

These mid morning services follow the pattern of Common Worship recognising Sunday as the special day, above all days, where Jesus’ presence with us is celebrated through  worship and the sharing of bread. It is a time where we say sorry for things we may have done wrong, a time of prayer, a time to reflect on the Word of God and a time to affirm our faith interpersed with our singing of  hymns of praise and thanksgiving.

Each service normally lasts 1 hour and afterwards there is opportunity for refreshments and a chat. As with all our services, we offer a warm welcome to everyone whether you attend individually or with friends and family, visitors to the village and surrounding community, or perhaps returning to the Church after a break.

As part of the Eucharist service on the fourth Sunday of the month, the ministry of Healing is also offered where we acknowledge the work of the Holy Spirit through the ‘laying of hands’.

Third Sunday of the Month 10.00 am – Family Communion

As the name suggests, this service is designed for families and the words and hymns or songs we use are accessible to all generations, but particularly to younger people. The service normally lasts no more than 40 minutes  followed by refreshments and chat for those who have time to stay afterwards.

Wednesday of each week – Holy Communion

At 10.00 am every Wednesday a said service of Holy Communion in accordance with  the Book of Common Prayer (1662 liturgy) takes place in the oldest part of the original building, the Lady Chapel.

Thursday of each week – Evening Prayer in Celtic tradition

At 6.30 pm every Thursday, evening prayer takes place. This is an opportunity to spend time to pray and reflect on those things that are on our minds, to spend time together and to share God’s presence as a community. Everyone is welcome whatever age. This is a candle lit service lasting 20-30 minutes based on Celtic traditions, including liturgies from Lindisfarne and augmented with Celtic music.




Ministerial Team

Welcome to your Ministerial Team

Rector    (Benefice of Drybrook, Lydbrook and Ruardean)

Reverend Nick Bromfield

The Rectory, Oakland Road, Harrow Hill, Drybrook, Gloucestershire, GL17 9JX

Rectory Tel. 01594 5422232           Mobile 07905606637

Email revbromfield@btinternet.com

Curate   (Benefice of Drybrook, Lydbrook and Ruardean)

Reverend Philip Averay

Ruardean Rectory, High Street, Ruardean, Gloucestershire, GL17 9US

Tel. 01594 546711

Reader  (Benefice of Drybrook, Lydbrook and Ruardean)

Tony Hughes

4 Mountain View, Ruardean, Gloucestershire, GL17 9YT

Tel. 01594 541483           Email  anthony.hughes_ruardean@btinternet.com