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.
As part of Cadw Open Doors 2017 the church will be open for visiting 10.00am – 4.00pm Saturday 9th September and 2.00pm – 4.00pm on Sunday 10th September.
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.
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).
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.
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 ..
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 ..
Ministry Area Leader: Rev’d David Parry
email@example.com 07403 635 510 – (01492) 593 402
Church Wardens: Simon Baldon, Elizabeth Jones