Llanbedr-y-cennin in Welsh means the church of St Peter among the daffodils (Cenhinen Pedr) and springtime typifies this lovely old country church with its profusion of flowers that greet all who enter: a place of natural beauty overlooking the Conwy Valley, dedicated to continuous worship since the 13th century. The village, which takes its name, was built around this focal point that still today offers the warmth of fellowship in God’s love from a small and committed congregation.
As part of Cadw Open Doors 2017 the church will be open for visiting 11.00am – 5.00pm on Saturday 9th September and 2.00pm – 5.00pm Sunday 10th September.
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 evening at 6.30pm we join other churches to celebrate Valley Praise together. Click here for details of forthcoming services.
A Brief History ..
The church which probably started life as an early Celtic ‘cell’ has records of a vicar as early as 1384, boasts black timbers very likely to be from the Spanish Armada in 16th century renovations and was extensively renovated in 1842-43 with works to the roof, arches, fittings and windows (marked by an engraving of those dates under the wooden lid of its 13th century font).
Things to see ..
The beauty and special atmosphere of Llanbedr-y-Cenin has long attracted visitors, famously hosting an Artists’ Colony in the 19th century. Ornithologists are drawn to the churchyard by a range of birdlife, especially hawfinches. Entering the church reaps many rewards. Probably the most striking feature is the large stained glass window above the altar: Christ the Good Shepherd with 17th century Welsh Prayer boards featuring The Lord’s Prayer and Creed on either side. A particularly ancient and remarkable artefact can be found in a recess under the South Window – a medieval chest hewn out of solid oak. On leaving it’s worth sparing a thought for the poor children who were educated in hard, raised pews at the back!
Contact details ..
Ministry Area Leader: Rev’d David Parry
firstname.lastname@example.org 07403 635 510 – (01492) 593 402
Church Wardens: Margaret Wicklen, Kate Clews