St. Benedict’s, Gyffin

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 exemplified by an incredible fifteenth century painted chancel ceiling. Weekly worship is traditional and the congregation is very prayerful, pastorally sensitive and supportive.

For Cadw Open Doors 2017 we hosted a fantastic day with free family fun activities on the theme of Harvest – with thanks to all who worked so hard to prepare for our Harvest service, put on such a lovely day and to all who came!

 

On Easter Saturday we enjoyed a great ‘Open Day’, greeting many people who had never been inside this remarkable place of worship and local heritage, and offering children the chance to learn about the Easter story and their church in a fun and creative way.

 

Flowers for Easter Sunday …

Come and Worship ..

Sunday morning worship at 9.30am

Morning Services are mostly Eucharistic, following the Church in Wales (1984) Book of Common Prayer with occasional services of Morning Prayer.  Every 5th Sunday morning at 11.00am we join St Mary’s Conwy to celebrate the Bro Celynnin Communion together.  Click here for forthcoming services.

Monthly Celtic-style reflective evening worship at 6.00pm

We are using the opportunity of not holding monthly services over the winter in the ancient church of Llangelynnin, so high on the hills, to offer a series of reflective Celtic-style evening worship evenings down the hill at St Benedict’s – complete with candles and cocoa!  An oasis of calm and beauty, meditative and atmospheric.  A warm welcome to all, especially if you’ve never experienced church in this way before.  Dates: November 19th, December 17th and in 2018: January 21st, February 18th, March 18th.

A Brief History ..

The origins of St. Benedict’s reach further back than Conwy itself – long before the castle! Although the main building is no older than the 12th century, the churchyard may well be as ancient as the 8th century – indicated by its round shape. It’s believed the church was dedicated to a local saint and that it was re-dedicated to St. Benedict under the monastic influence of Aberconwy Abbey.

Things to see ..

St Benedict’s has a beautiful 14th century Porch and wooden doorway.  However, undoubtedly the ‘must see’ is at the other end: sixteen 15th century panels, painted onto the arched vault of the Sanctuary which depict the four Evangelists (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John) 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, published in 1567 – Richard Davies who became Bishop of St Asaph in 1559 and Bishop of St David’s in 1561.

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Contact details ..

Ministry Area Leader: Rev’d David Parry

davidparry@esgobaethbangor.net  07403 635 510 – (01492) 593 402

Church Wardens: Magi Roberts, Doreen Britton