Llangelynnin Old Church

Quietly resting over 900 feet above the nearest village of Henryd, 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.

The sunrise communion service this Easter Day will live long in the 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!

Come and Worship ..

Our popular, reflective services of Celtic Prayer and Praise happen at 3.00pm on the 3rd Sunday of every month from Easter to October.  The  2018 season of services is:

Sunday 15th April, Sunday 20th May, Sunday 17th June, Sunday 15th July

Sunday 19th August, Sunday 16th September Celebration of Harvest and

Sunday 21st October ‘End of season’ Communion

Our last service of the 2017 season was very special – ending as we started with communion.

communion Oct 17

The September service was a great celebration of God’s harvest …


Would you like to visit Llangelynnin as a group?

in June, a group from our namesake church of Llangelynnin, Llwyngwril in Merionnydd, led by Revd. 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 awaited before the trip home.

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

Over the Winter …

celtic winter

We’re delighted to return to the beautiful ancient church of St Benedict’s Gyffin for the winter season of Celtic Prayer and Praise.  Candle-lit and contemplative: 6.00pm on 18th November, 16th December, 20th January, 17th February and 17th March 2019.

We will return to Llangelynnin on Easter morning for Communion at sunrise, Sunday 21st April.

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!

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Opening hours ..

The church is normally open every day for visitors  to enjoy its splendour from dawn to dusk but will be closed on the following dates:

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 fel a ganlyn:

Mercher Hydref 31 a Gwener Rhagfyr 21.  Ymddiheurwn am achosi unrhyw anhawster.

Contact details ..

Vicar: Rev David Parry

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

Local Warden: John Shakespear (01492) 650 905