Everyone enjoyed the Christmas celebrations, even the elf!
Christmas Day Communion
A lovely Service was enjoyed by family and friends on 25th December, to celebrate the birth of Jesus.
Nine Lessons and Carols 21st December
The Service of Nine Lessons and Carols was held at St. Mary’s in the evening of the 21st December, to celebrate the birth of Jesus. It started with the procession of the Church choir, who sang Once in Royal David’s Citybeautifully, where the first verse was sung by a wonderful soloist.
The lessons tell the story of the fall of humanity, the promise of the Messiah as prophesied in the Old Testament, and the birth of Jesus.
The Service was enjoyed by everyone, and it gave people a chance to share in the celebration of His birth, with family and friends, enjoying mince pies and mulled wine together.
Christmas Tree Festival 1st to 9th December
Conwy’s first Christmas Tree Festival was held inside St. Mary’s Church from Saturday 1st to Sunday 9th December. The Festival was arranged by Daisy Chain Floral Designs, and the Christmas trees were provided by schools, community groups and local businesses from the Conwy area to raise money for St. David’s Hospice. Awards for the best-dressed Christmas trees were presented by Councillor Sam Cotton (Conwy Mayor).
First Prize went to the Community Christmas Tree
Second Prize went to the Clwb Yr Efail Christmas tree
Third Prize went to the Fisherman’s Chip Shop Christmas tree
Special commendations went to Christmas trees from Yesteryears Toy Shop and Roland Young:-
Photographs from Sylvia Jones:-
Photographs from Judith Powell:-
View the video from Vinomondo of their Christmas tree, the Tree of Hope from Yesteryears Toy Shop, the beautiful creation from Daisy Chain Floral Designs, and from Thornley Leisure Parks.
Christmas Wreath Making Saturday 24th November
People came from far and wide to make their own Christmas Wreaths in the afternoon of Saturday 24th November. 60 Christmas Wreaths were made before we ran out of materials! All the donations went to the Friends of St. Agnes Graveyard.
Armistice Day Services Sunday 11th November
The Remembrance Day Parade and Service started at the Conwy Cenotaph in Bodlondeb at 10.40am, where there was wreath laying, and a parade to St. Mary’s Church in Conwy for the Armistice Day Communion (2004) at 11.30am. There was an Act of Remembrance at St. Agnes Graveyard in Conwy at 2.30pm, and a Bereavement Service at St. Mary’s Church in Conwy at 6pm for all living with loss.
Armistice Day and Remembrance Sunday
Paint a Poppy Saturday 10th November
Generations of families came to St. Mary’s Church in Conwy to honour our heroes by painting poppies on canvas. They were painted with so much love for all those that have served.
Gwledd Conwy Feast October
St. Mary’s Church embraces the visual arts, and partners with Gwledd Conwy Feast. Sblinterau o’r Nefoedd Splinters of Heaven is a video that Andy McKeown made of his Spectacular Projected Light Show with live music from the Church choir and top local musicians. VisitConwy posted a video, and Reflections on our Stories – Seeing Differently is a thought-provoking presentation made by the Reverend Susan Blagden.
2 Corinthians 3:17-19
Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And all of us, with unveiled faces, seeing the glory of the Lord as though reflected in a mirror are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another; for this comes from the Lord, the Spirit.
These are the photographs taken by Mark McNulty:-
2018 was the ‘Year of the Sea‘ for the Cymru Wales Brand. A celebration of the country’s outstanding natural beauty, where there is a dedicated footpath running the length of the coastline, and popular with pilgrims. Wales is the first country in the World to provide a Coast Path, and it’s 870 miles long!
There are 230 beaches and 50 islands to explore, with many boat trips, including those around Puffin Island to see the seabirds and the seals.
You may even spot a pod of porpoises or dolphins!
Afternoon Tea October
Parishioners from the Bro Celynnin Ministry Area enjoyed afternoon tea in the Church Hall in Conwy on 13th October 2018. There was a quiz, and lots of singing, with old 78rpm records playing on a Dansette record player!
Classical Music Festival July
St Mary’s hosted a hugely popular annual Classical Music Festival in July. A special thank you to our Director of Music, Chris Roberts, and the many musicians and volunteer stewards who made the 2018 programme possible.