Nestling quietly alongside the banks of the River Conwy, St. Mary’s church offers an oasis of calm on a site that was once a bustling Roman fort. The building has a beautiful simplicity and welcomes those who live nearby as well as far away to experience worship grounded in God’s word that has been spoken as blessing, teaching, comfort and peace for over 700 years. It is open daily for visitors in the summer months.
A beautiful summer concert on July 18th …
We were delighted to welcome Christian singer songwriter Cass Meurig and Elise Gwilym for an evening of music to launch Cass’s new album ‘Taith’. Based in Bala, she combines traditional tunes with new lyrics to reflect her faith. She has performed internationally and nationally and is known as one of Wales’s foremost players of fiddle and the cwrth – a medieval bowed lyre! Donations went to supporting the local fundraising appeal fir the Eisteddfod 2019 in Llanwrst.
Good news …
our cake and plant sale on Sunday after the service raised £200. Our Lent collection for Shelter Cymru raised £500. Thanks to all for support!
On Good Friday, following our morning service, a group of us walked with the cross as a pilgrimage through the valley to St Mary’s Conwy.
Arriving for Morning Prayer, Rev David Parry on 27 February 2018!
Come and Worship ..
Sundays at 11.00am
Services are mostly Eucharistic with some Sundays when we come together for Morning Worship. Every 5th Sunday evening at 6.30pm we join other churches to celebrate Valley Praise. Click here for details of forthcoming services.
Early Morning Prayer on Tuesdays at 8.30am
We say Morning Prayer every Tuesday at 8.30am. You are very welcome to join us for this short act of worship.
A Brief History ..
St Mary’s dates back to the 13th century, probably built by the Cistercian Monks of Maenan Abbey. The church is located in the north-eastern corner of a large Roman fort called Canovium (built much earlier in 75AD). Legend suggests that the fort lasted long after Roman withdrawal, and in the 6th century it was occupied by ‘King of Gwynedd’ Rhun ap Maelgwn (hence the name, Cae-rhun).
The prolonged hot weather this year has revealed the outline of the Roman bath house!
Things to see ..
In the churchyard there are two large yew trees which are considered to be over 1200 years old. At the entrance there is a beautiful 18th century lych-gate – but be sure to duck your head! Of course, St Mary’s was a place of Christian worship long before Henry VIII’s Reformation and many of the features of Roman Catholicism were destroyed but in restoration work done in 1970s, a medieval stoop previously hidden in a corner wall was unearthed. For more details and location use this link. The church is open for visitors throughout the main visitor season.
An very special venue for music ..
Near neighbour Caerhun Hall has been the site of the Gorjys Secrets Music Festival for the last two years, so where better than our church, for some of the artists to play last September: click here for guitar sessions with Blair Dunlop and Nick Harper
Summer evening concerts ..
On 1st July a packed church, once again, was treated to an evening of wonderful music and conviviality – this time with the singers of Amici Del Canto.
In May we were delighted to celebrate all use of all our new facilities: sound system, toilet and overflow car park, with a great concert by the pupils of St David’s College, Llandudno. These facilities make possible the use of St Mary’s as a venue for all kinds of events – and what a setting on a beautiful summer’s evening! Jazz, prosecco and talented young people – a celebration indeed.
Holy Week and Easter 2017 ..
Monday evening kicked off the nightly series of reflections across the Bro Celynnin churches through Holy Week and culminated in a moving Good Friday morning service – then provided the starting point for the 6-mile walk with the cross to Conwy! We were very pleased to welcome many people to our Easter Sunday morning Communion service.
Contact Details ..
Vicar: Rev David Parry
email@example.com 07403 635 510 – (01492) 593 402
Local Wardens: Simon Baldon (01492) 660 094, Jenny Young (01492) 650 451