St. Benedict’s Church in Gyffin

LATEST UPDATE

Church buildings closed with immediate effect last night, due to the increase of coronavirus cases in the UK.

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

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The Church is currently closed, but we look forward to welcoming you all back for public worship when the pandemic crisis is over.

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

Sunday Worship

Temporarily suspended due to coronavirus.

Monday Morning Prayer

Temporarily suspended due to coronavirus.

Living in Anxious Times 15th March

The last public worship of Celtic Prayer and Praise was held on the third Sunday of Lent.

Journeying in Joy 16th February

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

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.

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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

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.

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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!

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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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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.

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Crib Service 13th December 2019

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

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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.

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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.

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

Services and Events

Click here for 2018 Services and Events that happened.

Click here for 2017 Services and Events that happened.

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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Contacts

Vicar: Reverend David Parry

Local Warden: Ros Hughes (01492) 623365