Open for public worship on Wednesday (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.
St. Benedict’s 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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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.
Living in Anxious Times 15th March 2020
Journeying in Joy 16th February 2020
On the second Sunday before Lent, we focussed on ‘Journeying in Joy’. It was Creation Sunday, and the storm wind blew outside, as we sat in the safety of the Church. The storm is a metaphor for how your life can be sometimes, and the fearless come through that storm, because of God. Joy can be described as ‘love rejoicing’, and is rooted in love and loving relationship. Jesus is the pioneer and perfecter of our faith … I will follow where you lead.
Candlemas 2nd February 2020
Astrid Clarke has retired as Church organist. Astrid played the organ for the last time during the Candlemas Service, and we thank her for accompanying Services on the organ for the last five years.
Liz Clough is now playing the organ, accompanied by her husband Paul, with David Jones on clarinet, and Phil Hughes on guitar.
Seeking God’s path 19th January 2020
The theme was ‘Seeking God’s path’ on the second Sunday of Epiphany.
Celtic Christmas 15th December 2019
People paused for reflection at the start of the Service on the third Sunday of Advent.
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.
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.’
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 our last Celtic Prayer and Praise 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!
Services and Events
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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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Vicar: Reverend David Parry
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Local Warden: Ros Hughes (01492) 623365