St. Benedict’s Church (2019)

Celtic Christmas 15th December 2019

People paused for reflection at the start of the Service on the third Sunday of Advent.

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Pink Candle on Third Sunday of Advent

The pink candle was lit, and the musicians played ‘O Come, O Come Emmanuel’. The colour rose symbolises joy, and when He came all those years ago, people were overjoyed!


Musicians playing ‘O Come, O Come Emmanuel’

There was thoughtful reflection about assessing the risks of saying ‘yes’ to God, and how to find the courage to step into the unknown, just like Mary did.

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Candlelit Celtic Christmas

People gathered to celebrate the advent of Jesus, and it gave them great joy, and hope for the future. They walked through the quietness and safety of the Sanctuary, to place their own prayer candles on the Altar.


Altar on Third Sunday of Advent


Candles placed on Altar with People’s Prayers

Crib Service 13th December 2019

Families enjoyed a lovely Crib Service, and the Three Wise Men visited the Nativity, wearing their wonderful Christmas jumpers!


Three Wise Men

Celtic Prayer and Praise 2019/20

Celtic Prayer and Praise was every third Sunday throughout Winter and Spring.

Events in September 2019

This beautiful Church was open every Monday in September. People supported a Macmillan fundraiser and Fair trade, and enjoyed cake, refreshments, music and old-fashioned board games. The Welsh Hymn Singing Festival Cymanfa Ganu was on Sunday 22nd September, and the Harvest Festival was on Sunday 29th September.

Bug Hunt 30th June 2019

The All-Age Worship on Sunday 30th June was based on God’s Creation, and led by the Reverend Philip Hughes. There was a Bug Hunt in the Church grounds after the Service, which was great fun, and led by Marc Hughes and Ian Keith Jones. The grass in the Churchyard had been left to grow long, to make sure there were plenty of bugs! After the Bug Hunt, there were refreshments and picnics.

Singing Festival Cymanfa Ganu 2nd June 2019

There was a Singing Festival on Sunday 2nd June, and donations were made to support the National Eisteddfod of Wales, which was held in Llanrwst in August.

Open Day Saturday 20th April 2019

An Open Day on Saturday 20th April was a great success, with plenty of activities for the children.


Below are two donkeys that may have been chosen to carry Jesus into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday. Their creators named them: ‘Wonky Donkey’ and ‘Stephen Donkey’!

A wonderful time was had by all, as we prepared for the joy of Easter Day.

Maundy Thursday 18th April 2019

A Compline Service with Communion was well-attended on Maundy Thursday (6.30pm).

On the first day of Unleavened Bread, when the Passover lamb is sacrificed, his Disciples said to him, ‘Where do you want us to go and make the preparations for you to eat the Passover?’ So he sent two of his disciples, saying to them, ‘Go into the city, and a man carrying a jar of water will meet you; follow him, and wherever he enters, say to the owner of the house, “The Teacher asks, Where is my guest room where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?” He will show you a large room upstairs, furnished and ready. Make preparations for us there.’ So the disciples set out and went to the city, and found everything as he had told them; and they prepared the Passover meal.

When it was evening, he came with the twelve. And when they had taken their places and were eating, Jesus said, ‘Truly I tell you, one of you will betray me, one who is eating with me.’ They began to be distressed and to say to him one after another, ‘Surely, not I?’ He said to them, ‘It is one of the twelve, one who is dipping bread into the bowl with me. For the Son of Man goes as it is written of him, but woe to that one by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! For the Son of Man is betrayed! It would have been better for that one not to have been born.’

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Painted Stones during Holy Week 2019

Nine stones, that have been beautifully painted with flowers, and adorned with ladybirds, were placed on a tree stump in the Churchyard during Holy Week.


We all want to say a special thank you to the artist – diolch o galon.

17th March 2019

We had a Celtic Prayer and Praise Service 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!

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