Llangelynnin Old Church above Henryd

A 12th century Grade 1 listed church. Mae’r eglwys restredig Gardd I hon yn dyddio’n ôl i’r 12fed ganrif. See St. Celynnin’s Well with its reputed healing waters. Cewch weld Ffynnon Celynnin, a honnir bod ei dŵr yn gallu iachau pobl.

Quietly resting over 900 feet above the nearest village of Henryd on the South side of Tal-y-Fan, Llangelynnin Old Church [OS grid reference SH751737] has a serenity and ancient beauty that captures the pilgrim heart, celebrated in our monthly services from April to October.  Fittingly, this very special place that commands such vistas and a ‘higher ground’ perspective has the name given to our Ministry Area of Bro Celynnin.

Come and Worship

‘End of Season’ Communion Service Sunday 21st October (3pm)

Our popular, reflective services of Celtic Prayer and Praise are at 3pm on the 3rd Sunday of every month from Easter to October. The last of the season will be a very special communion service on Sunday 21st October 2018. Please do come, for all are welcome at God’s table, who respond to his invitation here, high on the hills.

If you would like to join others to walk: meet at the middle of three car parks on the Sychnant Pass.  Wear waterproof clothing (just in case!) and walking boots for a medium-paced walk with stiles.  Generous hospitality (including home-made cake) will be provided after the service at the nearby home of Heather and Clive Addison.

communion Oct 17

Over the Winter

We are delighted to return to the beautiful ancient church of St. Benedict’s in Gyffin for the Winter season of Celtic Prayer and Praise, for candle-lit and contemplative services at 6pm on Sunday.

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Sunday 6pm

  • 18th November 2018
  • 16th December 2018
  • 20th January 2019
  • 17th February 2019
  • 17th March 2019


Harvest Festival September 2018

A wonderful celebration of God’s harvest on 16th September 2018. Photographs taken by Terry Mart:-

John and Meira Shakespear said “The Llangelynnin Harvest Festival was very successful, being well attended with Capel Meibion having to be used, as there was no space left in the nave. Everyone enjoyed the music and thought that the display of flowers and harvest produce was wonderful. There was a feeling of joy as people chatted over refreshments at Heather and Clive’s after the service. Thank you to everyone who made it such a great occasion.” 

Easter Day Communion Service April 2018

The sunrise Easter Day Communion Service on the 1st April 2018 will live long in our memory for its breathtaking beauty, capturing the awe, wonder and great joy of that first morning.  This ancient church was packed full of people singing praises to the risen Christ.  Alleluia!


Would you like to visit Llangelynnin as a group?

Abergele Pilgrims September 2018

A group, led by the Reverend Paul Flavell, from St. Michael’s Church, Abergele, was welcomed to Llangelynnin Old Church by the warden, John Shakespear and his wife Meira on a beautiful, autumn day on the 12th September. John showed the group the well which was now half full, having become dry during the drought. He gave a brief illustrated talk about the church, pointing out some of its interesting features as well as giving details of church services. The group retreated to the churchyard where they had a picnic lunch before a short service and prayers led by Paul. The party walked down to their cars, parked below Parc Mawr woods. A great day was enjoyed by all.

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Llwyngwril Pilgrims June 2018

In June 2018, a group from our sister church, St. Celynnin’s Church in Llwyngwril in Meirionnydd, led by Reverend Lindsay Ford, visited us. Following coffee at The Groes Inn, they drove up to be greeted at the ancient St. Celynnin’s Well, with thanks to John and Meira Shakespear who were able to tell them all about the well, the church and our worshipping life together. Their bellringer, Maggie, rang the bell which sounded across the hills before Lindsay led a brief service. A great late lunch at The Groes  Inn awaited before the trip home.

If you would like to bring a group on pilgrimage, then click here.


Easter Day Communion Service 2019

We will be returning to Llangelynnin Old Church on Sunday 21st April for the sunrise Easter Day Communion Service 2019.


A brief history

The church of St. Celynnin dates back to the 12th century next to the famous Holy Well of the same name, which is much older and whose water was renowned for its healing powers, and is in the corner of the churchyard. Although today it feels like a very remote site, it is thought that St Celynnin established this enclosure from which he preached in the 6th century as there was a community here from ancient times, traces of which can still be seen: standing stones, hut circles, hill forts and a Roman route.  Still visible are the footings of an old inn, just outside the walls! For more details click here.

Opening hours

The church is normally open every day for visitors to enjoy its splendour from dawn to dusk, but will be closed on Wednesday 31st October and Friday 21st December.  We  apologise for any inconvenience that this might cause.

Fel arfer mae’r eglwys ar agor i ymwelwyr gael mwynhau ei gogoniant o doriad gwawr tan wyllnos ond bydd ar gau ar Mercher Hydref 31 a Gwener Rhagfyr 21.  Ymddiheurwn am achosi unrhyw anhawster.

Contact details

Vicar: Reverend David Parry

davidparry@esgobaethbangor.net  07403 635 510 / (01492) 593 402

Local Warden: John Shakespear (01492) 650 905