St. Celynnin’s Church in Llangelynnin

LATEST UPDATE

Building closed, due to COVID-19 coronavirus.

St. Peter’s Church had been a place of continuous worship and prayer since the 12th century.

Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.”

1 Peter 5: 7

Our Ministry Team will be praying every day, so please continue to send us your personal prayers by clicking here and we will include them.

Our community is strong.

Our faith is strong.

We will overcome together.

Click here for the Church in Wales’ Book of Common Prayer (Daily Prayer 2009).

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St. Celynnin’s Church itself is Grade 1 listed and dates back to the 12th century. You can see St. Celynnin’s Well with its reputed healing waters. Mae Eglwys Sant Celynnin yn restredig Gardd 1 ac yn dyddio’n ôl i’r 12fed ganrif. Cewch weld Ffynnon Celynnin, a honnir bod ei dŵr yn gallu iachau pobl.

P1070493St. Celynnin’s Church Eglwys Sant Celynnin in Llangelynnin

The Church rests quietly in an isolated position, high on the hills above the Conwy valley, 900 feet above sea level on the south side of Tal-y-Fan. The nearest villages are Llangelynnin, Rowen and Henryd, and it’s one of the oldest Churches in Wales. It was dedicated to St. Celynnin, who founded the first religious settlement on the site in the 6th century.

The Church has a serenity and ancient beauty that captures the pilgrim heart. With a ‘higher ground’ perspective, it commands breathtaking vistas, and gave its name to our  Bro Celynnin Ministry Area.

Click here for the Church in Wales’ Book of Common Prayer (Daily Prayer 2009).

Services

Temporarily suspended due to coronavirus.

Location

  • LL32 8LJ
  • OS Grid Reference SH751737

Remembrance Sunday 2019

Poppies were placed on the font for Remembrance Sunday 10th November, to honour the millions of people who lost their lives, or were wounded in battle, so that we can enjoy freedom today.

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Services 2019

We had our last Celtic Prayer and Praise Service on the eighteenth Sunday after Trinity, in the afternoon of Sunday 20th October. It was a Communion Service and our focus was on Chapel, a place where we can pray with others. Chapel is one of the Seven Sacred Spaces Saith Gofod Sanctaidd of Christian community life, the values of which come from monastic communities.

Open Doors 2019

The Church welcomed visitors on 7th September during the annual Open Doors Drysau Agored. There was an Exhibition on ‘Llangelynnin Old and New’, as well as a guided tour of the Church.

North Wales Pilgrims 2019

It was a wet Thursday on 9th April, and some members of the North Wales Pilgrims’ Way Group visited our ancient Church. They trekked up the hill from Rowen, and were delighted to hear the toll of the bell, as they trudged their way up in wet weather gear! Once they were safely inside St. Celynnin’s Church, they held prayers, and enjoyed the refreshments that were provided by the people from the Bro Gwydir Ministry Area. They then carried on walking to Abergwyngregyn, and some of them carried on to Bardsey Island Ynys Enlli

Dawn Communion Easter Sunday Service 2019

Early in the morning on Sunday 21st April, we gathered in Llangelynnin Old Church for the Dawn Communion Easter Sunday Service. With the beauty of sunrise, we celebrated the risen Christ, and bright light shone through the East window.

IMG_2197Sunrise illuminates path to Llangelynnin Old Church

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IMG_2199Bright light shining through East window

Over the Winter 2019

Our Winter season of Celtic Prayer and Praise was in the beautiful and ancient Church of St. Benedict’s, in GyffinThe candle-lit and contemplative Services were at 6pm on the third Sunday of the month, and the last one was in the evening of St. Patrick’s Day, on 17th March, where we were able to reflect on this great Celtic Saint with something a lot stronger than Guinness!

Pilgrimage 2018

It was a beautiful, Autumn day on the 12th September 2018. A group led by the Reverend Paul Flavell from St. Michael’s Church in Abergele, were welcomed to Llangelynnin Old Church by John and Meira Shakespear. John is the Church warden, and Meira plays the organ at some of the other Churches in the Conwy Valley.

St. Michael's Abergele

In June 2018, a group from our sister Church, visited us. The group was led by the Reverend Lindsay Ford from St. Celynnin’s Church in Llwyngwril in Meirionnydd.

Services and Events

Click here for 2019 Services and Events.

Click here for 2018 Services and Events.

History

The Church of St. Celynnin dates back to the 12th century and is next to the famous Holy Well of the same name, which is in the corner of the Churchyard. The well is much older, and the water is renowned for its healing powers. Although it is very remote from where the majority of people live today, down in the Conwy Valley, St. Celynnin used to preach here in the 6th century, because there was a community living in the hills then. Traces of that community can still be seen today, such as the standing stones, hut circles, hill forts, hill tracks and a Roman route. The footings of an ancient inn are also visible, just outside the walls!

communion Oct 17

Click here for more historical information.

Contacts

Vicar: Reverend David Parry

Local Warden: John Shakespear (01492) 650905