Services every Sunday at 11am
The Grade I listed Church lies within the site of a Roman fort, Canovium. Mae’r Eglwys restredig Gradd I hon yn sefyll yng Nghaer Rufeinig Canovium.
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Nestling quietly alongside the banks of the Conwy River, St. Mary’s Church Eglwys y Santes Fair offers an oasis of calm on a site that was once a bustling Roman fort. The building has a beautiful simplicity and serves those who live nearby in villages such as Rowen, as well as those who live far away. It offers a place of serenity to experience worship that is grounded in God’s word, spoken as blessing, teaching, comfort and peace, for over 700 years.
Sunday Worship 11am
Services are mainly eucharistic and follow the Church in Wales (2004) Book of Common Prayer. Occasionally, Morning Worship Services are taken by Lay Readers.
Every Thursday afternoon from 10th March to 7th April, there was a Lenten journey at the church. Mary’s story was told through flowers to help us reflect on our own joys and sorrows. It was led by Rev Susan Blagden: a mix of input, prayer, sharing together, and some gardening tips with ample time for you to reflect on your own story.
Bishop Andy (now Archbishop of Wales) presided and preached at the Eucharist on the second Sunday of Epiphany in 2020.
Psalm 40: 1-11
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St. Mary’s Church dates back to the 13th century and was built by the Cistercian Monks of Maenan Abbey. The Church is located in the North-Eastern corner of a large Roman fort called Canovium, which was built much earlier in 75AD. Legend suggests that the fort lasted long after Roman withdrawal. In the 6th century, it was occupied by the King of Gwynedd Rhun ap Maelgwn, hence the name Cae-rhun.
Two of the yew trees are over 1000 years old!
Beautiful 18th century lych gate, but duck your head!
St. Mary’s Church was a place of Christian worship long before King Henry VIII’s Reformation. Unfortunately, many of the features of Roman Catholicism were destroyed, but restoration work was carried out in the 1970s, which unearthed a medieval stoop, that had previously been hidden in the corner of the building!
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