St Michael and All Angels

The Parish Church of St. Michael and All Angels

Our Priest is Rev. Julie Read.  You can e-mail her by clicking here.  Telephone 07826 194400

The church has a Facebook page where you can keep up to date with the latest  information. Please click here


3rd July 2020

There is no Messy Church Service this week because of the extra services to celebrate the reopening of the Church and the Blessing of Katie’s ministry so July’s Messy Church will be next week, Sunday 12th July.

POSTER CORRECTION – The reopening service is at 6.30pm

The church is reopening for worship so see the poster below for details. There will also be an online service which will be published below the poster for this week when available and below that there will also be a link to a live service at 4pm Sunday 5th being held in Hereford Cathedral to license Katie Smith.

The Mortimer’s Cross Churches

Kingsland, Eardisland, Aymestrey & Leinthall Earles

sowing faith and sharing love in today’s world

Sunday July 5th  2020

Please will you email Julie with any prayer requests  so they can be included in our intercessions.

I think most of us have found some sort of way of preparation now to come to worship, so prepare yourself and light a candle. A prayer of preparation

Almighty God, unto whom all  hearts be open, all desires known, and from whom no secrets are hid: cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of thy Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love thee, and worthily magnify thy holy name: through Christ our Lord. Amen

To listen to the service click the arrow on the left below


Here are the words of the hymn to join in with:

1. Now thank we all our God

with heart and hands and voices,

who wondrous things has done,

in whom his world rejoices;

who from our mothers’ arms

has blessed us on our way

with countless gifts of love,

and still is ours today.


2 O may this bounteous God

through all our life be near us,

with ever joyful hearts

and blessed peace to cheer us,

to keep us in his grace,

and guide us when perplexed,

and free us from all ills

of this world in the next.


3 All praise and thanks to God

the Father now be given,

the Son and Spirit blest,

who reign in highest heaven

the one eternal God,

whom heaven and earth adore;

for thus it was, is now,

and shall be evermore.

Live stream and videocast of CATHEDRAL SERVICE SUNDAY JULY 5th AT 4pm for the licensing of Katie Smith as Curate designate of the Mortimer’s Cross Benefice.

WE ARE DELIGHTED TO WELCOME KATIE SMITH AS CURATE DESIGNATE IN THE MORTIMER’S CROSS BENEFICE. Live link to her service in the Cathedral on Facebook, or later on You Tube. Watch her being commissioned by Bishop Richard.

I am advised that the Livestream on Sunday (like, in fact, all our other diocesan videos) will be live on Facebook, and then posted on our YouTube channel – links below.  Do obviously pass these on to parishioners, friends, family as you please.




A Treasure In Our Midst – Kingsland Church Building Project 2020


The Results of the Treasures’ Quiz are in and the winner is “High, Ham and Hay” with an amazing 99/100. Well done

Runners up were Bowen/Alexander with 90/100 and “The Life of Riley” with 88/100.

(So Sebastian that picture of you looking bemused at the quiz was a tease and it took a team from London to beat you!)

Thank you to all who participated and for those of you who had a go but didn’t send in your answers you will find the answer sheet fill in the missing gaps! Thank you most of all to Chris and Rhian Fear for devising the Quiz and for running it. We have raised £12000 from this and donations to the Treasures Project from individuals in the community. THANK YOU.


To see the answers PLEASE CLICK HERE

To see the Limerick tiebreakers sent in PLEASE CLICK HERE


Here are the photos sent in for the competition!

Legal Notice

As part of the process to restore the building, this notice has to be advertised in order to obtain permission from the diocese to do the repair work. To see the notice PLEASE CLICK HERE


Thank you to those who have contributed to the Restoration Fund £10, £20 or £50. We are now well over £1000 from 20 donors and hope that many of our usual givers will give as well to this fund as the final application goes into the National Lottery on 1st June and we need to maximise our chances of getting that grant with the full share of partnership funding from our side.

Please gift £10, £20, £50 or whatever you can afford either by cheque to St Michael’s Restoration Fund or direct into the account by bank transfer to sode code 30-90-90 account number 32686368 and let one of us know so that gift aid can be claimed if appropriate . (Julie has gift aid forms if you need to fill in one)

This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to replace the North Roof, redecorate the church, make the floor good, to restore the south porch and to do some high level work to the tower. Please be part of this by making a donation during this time when we can’t fundraise before the June 1st deadline.

Thank you in advance.


Our very special priest-in-charge has been kept very busy during the current crisis, doing her bit towards ‘feeding the 5,000’ and distributing the ‘loaves and fishes’. She achieved this with the help of some parishioners, who were all very strict about adhering to current regulations and guidelines.

Morrisons Store in Leominster very kindly provided her with a large quantity of short-dated bread and Aldi Store in Leominster provided frozen fish that needed using, plus some beautiful flowers to cheer up housebound families.

She was also very ably assisted by some young members of her Messy Church congregation, with their tractors and trailers.

Special thanks are due to both Morrisons and Aldi for this extremely kind and generous gesture.










Chance to win a Herefordshire Food Hamper!

All you need to do is fill in this very quick and easy survey to help support the church’s grant application!

The project team would be really grateful if you’d help us out, as this will help enormously with our grant applications! Thanks in advance


The  Parish Church of St. Michael and All Angels has been the centre of Christian worship in Kingsland, Herefordshire for many centuries. Its large size reflects the importance of Kingsland as a settlement in the Middle Ages. The present building, erected between 1290 and 1310 by the Mortimers, incorporates two narrow lancet windows from an earlier church. They are now blocked up but must have originally served as the east windows of the aisles. One can be seen from the southern exterior of the chancel, the other is hidden inside the organ chamber.

The church consists of a nave, two aisles (which terminate in the chapels of Christ The King and of Our Lady), a chancel, vestry, organ chamber and west tower (heightened in the 15th century), and is today substantially as the builders left it.

Churches-Volka-Chapel-downloadThe church is entered by the north porch. Opening off the north porch is the Volka chapel – a unique feature of the church – probably built as a chantry in which masses could be said for the soul of an early benefactor or for those killed in the battle of Mortimer’s Cross. The chapel contains an open stone coffin which is said to have had in it the bones of a woman and child when opened in 1826. The 15th century south porch was in 1980 converted into a kitchen and WC.

The nave has a 14th or 15th century king-post roof supported on pillars of unusual and interesting design, and there is a clerestory of round windows. The painted chancel roof dates from the 1866-1868 restoration of the church by G.F. Bodley. He also installed the present pulpit, lectern, choir stalls and pews, together with a stone screen, which has since been removed. Prior to the restoration the nave was ceiled. The encaustic tiles in the chancel are by Mr. Godwin.

The internal furnishings of the church include a 14th century octagonal font, 17th century doors to the tower and the vestry, a cartoon of the Crucifixion, the design for a stained glass window in Bucklebury Church, Berkshire, by Sir Frank Brangwyn R.A. (1867-1956) in the Chapel of Our Lady, and a number of mural memorials

Churches-gargoyleExternal features of note are the cusped or traceried panelling on the outerfaces of the tower buttresses, the gargoyles at the parapet of the tower, the stone heads in niches at the base of the tower, the 14th  century tomb recess in the outer wall of the vestry and the sanctus bellcote on the chancel gable. The bell-cote contains a bell of 1801, placed there in 1979.

churches-scractch-dialsOn the south side of the chancel door are 2 scratch dials – used to indicate times of services (these are just about still visible – carved into the stonework to the left of the door).

There is a comprehensive booklet of the interesting history of the church available from the church.



Click the titles below to read the sad story of the Gethin family who have so many graves in Kingsland churchyard :

Gethin Family Tragedy

See also Benefice of Kingsland with Eardisland, Aymestry & Leinthall Earles (Parish Profile, Spring 2013)