Services have been temporarily suspended due to the pandemic
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.
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.
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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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