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 this very special church will be open 10.00am – 4.00pm on Saturday 30th September with free family fun activities on the theme of Harvest.
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 ..
Sundays at 9.30am
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.
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
email@example.com 07403 635 510 – (01492) 593 402
Church Wardens: Magi Roberts, Doreen Britton