St. Benedict’s Church Gyffin

Services every Wednesday at 11am

Charming small Church on an ancient site, part of which dates to the 12th century. Eglwys fach hudolus hon ar safle hynafol, gyda rhan ohoni’n dyddio’n ôl i’r 12fed ganrif.

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St. Benedict’s Church is an ancient, small country Church tucked away in Gyffin, on the outskirts of Conwy, and has been a place of worship and prayer since the 12th century. It has great history, beauty and significance, which is exemplified by an incredible 15th century painted Chancel ceiling.

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Wednesday Worship 11am

Services are mainly eucharistic (i.e. they include Holy Communion, which is when the faithful receive bread as a symbol of the body of Jesus Christ). Eucharistic Services are taken by ordained Priests and they follow the Church in Wales (2004) Book of Common Prayer. Occasionally, Morning Worship Services are taken by Lay Readers.

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History

The origins of St. Benedict’s Church date further back than Conwy itself, and long before the castle was built! Although the main building is no older than the 12th century, the Churchyard may well be as ancient as the 8th century, as indicated by its round shape. It’s believed that the Church was dedicated to a local Saint and that it was re-dedicated to Saint Benedict under the monastic influence of Aberconwy Abbey. It has a beautiful 14th century porch and wooden doorway.

However, the ‘must see’ is at the other end of the Church. There are sixteen 15th century panels painted onto the arched vault of the Sanctuary, which depict the four Evangelists (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John), who are flanked by female figures in red, olive and grey, against a foliage background.

There is a fine 13th century Font, which lays claim to the baptism of one of the translators of the New Testament into Welsh, which was published in 1567. Richard Davies was the Bishop of St. Asaph Cathedral in 1559 and the Bishop of St. David’s Cathedral in 1561.

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