St. Peter’s, Llanbedr-y-Cennin

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 but growing congregation.  Open daily for visitors during the summer months.

All are welcome to attend the annual Flower Festival on Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd September. This ancient church will be beautifully decorated with an array of colour and the sweet smelling aroma of flowers. The theme will be St. Peter, and each window will include a story from the Bible, such as “Jesus walks on the sea”. Hospitality will include tea, coffee and homemade cakes. Donations are welcome, and will go towards plastering and painting inside the church. For many centuries, St. Peter’s Church has been used by family and friends to share in the joy of a christening or a wedding, as well as somewhere to worship. There will be gifts for sale, and all proceeds will be used for the life and work of the Church.

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.

Thursdays at 8.30am

We say Morning Prayer every Thursday.  You are very welcome to join us for this short act of worship in the middle of the week.

Brief History .. 

The church, which probably started life as an early Celtic ‘cell’, has records of a vicar as early as 1384. It boasts black timbers, which were very likely to be from the Spanish Armada, and used in 16th century renovations. It 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-Cennin 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 ..

Vicar: Rev David Parry

davidparry@esgobaethbangor.net  07403 635 510 – (01492) 593 402

Local Wardens: Kate Clews (01492) 650 042, Margaret Wicklen (01492) 650 356