St. Mary’s Church (2018)

The First Sunday of Christmas

There was a lovely Communion Service on 30th December to celebrate the First Sunday of Christmas.



Christmas Eve

Midnight Communion was well attended on 24th December. People came together to share in the joy of the birth of Jesus.


The Fourth Sunday of Advent

Adults and children said prayers at the beautiful Service on 23rd December.


Armistice Day 11th November

The Armistice Day Communion Service started at 10.45am, and the Service was well attended. The Two Minute Silence was observed at 11am to mark the end of the First World War. It was a day to remember, and honour those who paid the price for our freedom, and a thoughtful Service of Remembrance.

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Hymns and National Anthems were sung, and the names of all those servicemen who lost their lives in WW1 and WW2 were read out. A wreath of poppies, in the shape of a cross, was placed to rest below the Memorial Plaques. The congregation then walked around the Churchyard to pay their respects to the servicemen and other people who are buried there. The Service finished with the ringing of the Church bell, which featured on BBC Wales Today!


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Rowen Coffee Morning October

St. Mary’s had a coffee morning at Rowen Memorial Hall on Saturday 27th October (10am – 12.30pm) with Tombola, White Elephant, and plant stalls.

‘The Romans of Canovium’ Exhibition September

There were Exhibitions and Guided Tours of St. Mary’s, the churchyard and its surroundings in early September. Extensive excavation work took place at Canovium during 1926-1929. Archaeolgists found items such as coins, jewellery and pottery, which provided more information about the Romans who lived there.

The Romans arrived in the South of England in AD43. They attempted to conquer Wales around AD50, but failed to do so for over 30 years, because the Celtic warriors fought hard against the Roman invaders! There is a theory that the Romans chose this site for Canovium because there was already a Celtic fort in this strategic location. There are more photographs and information in Caerhun Church near Rowen.

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Summer Concert July

We were delighted to welcome Christian singer songwriter, Cass Meurig, and Elise Gwilym, for an evening of music on the 18th July, to launch Cass’s new album ‘Taith‘.  Based in Bala, she combines traditional tunes with new lyrics to reflect her faith. She has performed internationally, and nationally, and is known as one of Wales’ foremost players of the fiddle, and the cwrth, which is a medieval bowed lyre! Donations went to supporting the local fundraising appeal for the Eisteddfod 2019 in Llanrwst.


Canovium Roman Fort July

The prolonged hot weather this year revealed the outline of the Roman bath house!

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See more photos here, taken with a drone by Mark Walters


Good News for LentPLANT SALE 18


Our cake and plant sale on Sunday after the service raised £200.  Our Lent collection for Shelter Cymru raised £500.  Thanks to all for your support!




Holy Week and Easter

On Good Friday, following our Service in the morning, a group of us walked with the cross as a pilgrimage through the valley to St. Mary’s Church in Conwy.

Caerhun Snow

Reverend David Parry took this photograph when he arrived at St. Mary’s Church to take the Morning Prayer Service on 27th February 2018! The Beast from the East, as the media called it, brought heavy snowfall, and unusually low temperatures. The effect of Climate Change!

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