Visit this charming small church on an ancient site, part of which dates to the 12th century. Dewch i ymweld a’r 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. It has great history, beauty and significance, which is exemplified by an incredible 15th century painted chancel ceiling:-
Weekly worship is traditional and the congregation is very prayerful, pastorally-sensitive and supportive. “We love to host open days when the wider community come together and engage in great family activities.”
Celtic Christmas Service Sunday 16th December (6pm)
Over the Winter, we are hosting a monthly series of Celtic Prayer and Praise Services at 6pm. The Church will be lit with candles, making the Services atmospheric and contemplative. It truly will be a Winter season of Celtic Prayer and Praise.
Open Day Saturday 8th December
The season of Advent is a time for all to prepare for Christmas. There were lots of free activities for children at St. Benedict’s Church on Saturday 8th December, and the lighting of the Advent Crown.
Armistice Day 11th November
The Communion Service was held at 9.30am, followed by an Act of Remembrance at the War Memorial in the Churchyard. It was a very moving Act of Remembrance, and a Tribute to the 24 young men who used to live in this small country community, and were lost in the Great War. A named poppy was painted on slate, and each slate was placed below the War Memorial to commemorate those servicemen. We will remember them.
Saturday 29th September 2018 (Harvest Bug Hunt and Crafts)
St Benedict’s Church was buzzing at the Harvest Bug Hunt and Crafts. What a great time! A special thanks to Marc Hughes and Ian Keith Jones. Everybody is looking forward to doing it again in the Spring. Take a look at the photographs:-
Wednesday 29th to Friday 31st August 2018 (Ysgol Porth-y-Felin field maes in Gyffin)
The Tent Mission for children, young people and families was a great success at the end of August. It was run jointly by Bro Celynnin, St. John’s Methodist and Love Wales. Blessed with good weather, a good time was had by all!
Join us for 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 in Conwy to celebrate the Bro Celynnin Communion together. Click here for forthcoming services.
Early Morning Prayer on Mondays at 8.30am
We say Morning Prayer together as a beautiful, fitting start to the week. You are very welcome to join us for this short act of worship.
“We enjoyed a great Open Day with family activities in the run-up to Christmas 2017, ending with Christingle carols”:-
For Cadw Open Doors 2017, we hosted a fantastic day, with free family fun activities on the theme of Harvest. Everybody worked so hard to put on such a lovely day:-
We had a wonderful Easter Saturday Open Day 2018, with plenty for our youngest visitors to do!”:-
And beautiful, fragrant flowers on Easter Sunday 2018:-
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. Click here for more details:-
Vicar: Reverend David Parry
DavidParry@esgobaethbangor.net 07403 635 510 – (01492) 593 402
Local Wardens: Magi Roberts (01492) 583 796, Ros Hughes (01492) 623 365