St Asaph

St. Mary’s Shared Church, Ruabon.

Wotzon in the Diocese

St Asaph


Last September the Governing Body of the Church in Wales passed a motion recognising the importance of caring for God’s creation, both as an essential part of the stewardship of our own resources, and as part of our mission to the world.

The motion committed us to secure Eco-Diocese award registration for each diocese by September 2020. Eco-Diocese is a development of the Eco-Church accreditation, which some of our churches have already obtained.  The criteria for Eco-Diocese is set out here: and more information is enclosed in the attached document.

If you would like to be part of this initiative, Sarah Wheat, our Diocesan Engagement Officer, and Jonathan Abbatt, our diocesan CHASE member, would love to hear from you!  We are looking to establish a small working group to take this important project forward and need keen and enthusiastic people to get involved. Please contact Sarah or Jonathan if you would like to find out more.

Sarah Wheat
Jonathan Abbatt

New to StAR

“Y FFORDD (THE WAY)” - A service with a difference.   Held in the beautiful church of St Mary's in Ysceifiog village on Wednesday 30th May 7pm.   Looking for a service which is more current and interactive with some modern music. If so, please come and join us.  A warm welcome and refreshments on arrival.   Come and See.

Teulu Asaph will be out in churches this weekend.  Please pick up your copy and, having read it, share it with family, friends, neighbours and colleagues.  This edition, as we finally welcome the sun, we’re focusing on pilgrimages, retreats and spiritual holidays.  You can read Teulu Asaph online at
The Role of the Warden in a Mission Area Context – This interactive session will give guidance on the role and duties of both the Mission Area Warden and the Warden of the local church. We will also cover responsibilities relating to church buildings and clerical vacancy.

5th June in St Mary’s Church Hall, Chirk 7-9pm or
18th June in The Diocesan Office, St Asaph 7-9pm

This session is open to all but is especially useful for Wardens.  Free but booking is essential please contact
A wonderful fundraising evening in aid of Canolfan Dewi Sant Centre when the fabulous Singsation Pop Choir will be in concert.  Saturday 9th June Canolfan Dewi Sant Centre, South Parade, Pensarn, Abergele LL22 7RG.  Tickets are £5 per person. Children aged 12 or under are free of charge.  Doors open at 7pm, and the show starts at 7.30pm.   There will be refreshments available and a prize raffle too.  Tickets are available from Theresa Curran - email or telephone her on 07975 543020.  Everyone is welcome.  Poster attached.
“Safe Church – Safeguarding children, young people and adults at risk” - This training aims to develop an awareness and understanding of abuse, safeguarding processes and how these relate to your role and responsibilities within the 2016 Church in Wales’ Safeguarding Policy and Procedures. 

16th June in All Saints Church, Newtown, 10am-1pm or
5th July in Canolfan Dewi Sant Centre, Pensarn, 6-9pm

Open to all but booking is essential please contact

Godly Play 3-day accredited course - There are still a few places left on the Godly Play training course at Llantarnam Abbey, Cwmbran. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn the art of Godly Play in beautiful surroundings, as well as a quiet few days for personal refreshment and reflection. Wednesday 4th –Friday 6th July 2018. Booking forms available online at but be quick as places are limited! Poster attached.

“Learning to make ourselves and our churches dementia friendly.”
Friday, 6 July 2018, 9:45am – 3:30pm in St. Margaret’s Church Hall, Chester Road, Wrexham LL11 2SH.  Topics: Dementia and spirituality, living with dementia, caring for carers, supporting persons living with dementia, dementia friendly buildings, services and ministry.  Find out how your church can be certified "Working to Become Dementia Friendly."
Register and get your tickets for A Celebration of Dementia Ministries here:  Or email:  See the poster circulated previously for details.

Strawberry Fayre at St John The Baptist Old Colwyn on 14 July at 3pm. Poster attached.

Annual Community Open Day on Saturday 21st July from 12 noon to 3pm Canolfan Dewi Sant Centre, South Parade, Pensarn, Abergele LL22 7RG.  There will be fun and games for all the family along with a barbecue, refreshments, face painting, a bouncy castle, exotic animals, demonstrations and much more!   This is also a wonderful opportunity to come and meet representatives of the groups that use our Centre as their base. A wonderful community event for all!!   For more information please email Theresa Curran on or telephone her on 07975 543020.  Poster attached.


Coming up this week

Dementia Friends Information Sessions
Come along to this informal session and learn 5 key messages about dementia, what it’s like to live with the disease and how you can help create a dementia friendly community. 25th May, 12-1pm in Bro Dysynni Leisure Centre, Tywyn.

Forest Church Eco-Retreat – 25-28 May: Cae Mabon Fachwen, Llanberis. Full details on the poster circulated previously.  A weekend of Forest Church is an exploration of what it means to be connected to the whole of nature. Incorporating sessions on How to run Forest Church, the weekend will provide time to connect intentionally and playfully with the spirit of God that is present within all things, that is the Eternal Christ, first born of all creation, ‘the first thought in the mind of God.’

Do you dare to...abseil down St Asaph Cathedral’s tower on 26th May between 10am to 3.30pm, as part of St Asaph Spring Fair?
Registration forms can be downloaded from, or hard copies collected from St Asaph Library or the Parish Church. However, completed form should be returned to the Diocesan Offices next to the cathedral (full instructions on the form). Pre-registration is preferred, to be able to plan the day effectively.
There will be many more Spring Fair activities and stalls in and around St Asaph Parish Church – Nearly new, Bric-a-brac, plant, cake and book stalls, Model train display, motorbikes, environmental awareness, various voluntary groups Scarecrow judging, Best dressed bike.  Children’s activities - table football, face painting, stone painting, owl making, flower arranging, Refreshments and barbecue.  This event is jointly run with the Community Association and with Rotary.  Proceeds to the Parish Church Re-ordering.  Come and join us for great family fun!”

St Mary’s Church, Towyn are holding their Annual Spring Fayre on Saturday 26th May doors open 11.30am. There are many stalls and good fun to be had by all.

Model Railway Exhibition and Plant Sale: St Bartholomew's Church, Sealand: 26 - 27 May:  Bedding plants, hanging baskets and shrubs on sale outside the church: Inside will be 5 working model railway layouts, stalls, children's corner and expert advice. Hot and cold refreshments on sale: Admission - Free to plant sale and the church: Model Railway Exhibition: £2 per adult (includes raffle ticket). Accompanied children - free: Open: 10 - 4pm daily

FESTIVAL TALK: Composer in Conversation. Dr Rhiannon Mathias in conversation with Hilary Tann to discuss her music and career. Monday 28 May 2018 at 3pm Beaumaris Leisure Centre ‘Festival Talk’ Tickets £6.  There will be a performance of “Melangell Variationsat the Leisure Centre at 7.30pm during the Beaumaris Bank Holiday Concert by the strings of the Welsh Chamber Orchestra conducted by Anthony Hose, soloists Karen Coker Merritt (soprano) and Jeremy Huw Williams (baritone).

Marketplace and information

If you are interested in becoming a Burns by Your Side Volunteer recruitment and training sessions will be commencing in the winter of 2018. Burns by Your Side is a scheme aimed at children who could benefit from improved reading and communication skills. Using specially trained volunteers and their companion dogs, these very special animals come to the school to hear the children read. The scheme also supports children in nurturing or special provision units to help increase feelings of well-being through a therapy visit. Please follow the link for more information -


Forthcoming dates

Big Church Day Out – The Diocese of St Asaph has negotiated a special discounted group rate for the Big Church Day Out on 1-2 June.  To take advantage of this discount, please book via:

Summer Play-scheme funding opportunities – deadline 1 June.
The Hilden Charitable Fund awards grants to projects both in the UK and in developing countries, primarily supporting work to address disadvantages, notably by supporting causes which are less likely to raise funds from public subscriptions.
Each year the Fund allocates a small budget to help community groups run summer play schemes for the benefit of disadvantaged children aged five to 18 years.  Grants are available for between £500 to £1,500.  The next deadline for applications is 1 June 2018 and full details are available at
For more information contact

Change of date - An evening of Midsummer music at Corpus Christi Church Tremeirchion will now take place on 2nd June at 7.30pm with The Oriana Singers from Bangor conducted by Lorna Todd - an evening not to be missed.

"Summer Brass" concerts take place at 7pm on the first Saturday of the month from April to October at St Paul's Church, Craig y Don, LL30 1YT.  Dates are 2nd June, 7th July, 4th August, 1st September, 6th October.- More information at or 

A Hope and a Future – Transforming churches and Communities
A one day event open to everyone who is interested in helping their church be relevant to their community.  Come and hear stories about how churches and communities are working together to improve lives.  There will also be practical workshops as detailed below:

  • Bringing the Bible to life through drama
  • Bringing the Bible to life through films
  • How to plan a project using simple planning tools
  • How to help your church respond to mental health issues


The day will be interactive and will give you tools and resources to take back to your churches and communities.

Date      6th June
Time      9am – 4pm 
Venue   Llangollen Pavilion, Llangollen

To book your place please email

St Asaph Cathedral Organ Recital Series  - Damian Howard (Director of Music, Lancaster R.C. Cathedral) 6th June at 7.30pm.  Admission £6 including programme.  Poster circulated previously.  For further information call the Cathedral Song School on 01745 584053.

Data Developments trainingAll Church Treasurers must be using the Data Developments software for this financial year.  A newly designed basic training session is being run on:

9th June, 9.30am-4pm in St Peter’s Church, Holywell.
 (the session on 8th June in Holywell is now fully booked)

Places are limited so please book your place with
All treasurers are welcome to attend whether they have attended previously or not.

The Theology for Life Course (formerly Exploring Faith) We have an introductory morning at 10am-12:30pm at All Saints Church Southsea, Wrexham, LL11 5PG on Saturday 9th June where you can find out more about the course.
You may like to watch the short videos on this site to get more of a sense of the course -, and there is further information circulated previously.

Make a date in your diary to Come & Sing the Songs of Redemption at our next gathering at St John’s Church, Station Road, Old Colwyn on Saturday 9 June 2018. The theme for the evening is “CROWN HIM LORD OF ALL”.  On this occasion we're delighted to welcome the Rev John Dowber of the Presbyterian Church of Wales as our special guest speaker - and we can be assured that he'll give us a great message of encouragement. Don't miss this one!

Cherishing Church Gardens Week 11th-14th June, St Mary’s, Towyn mainly for the children but parents are welcome on Thursday Morning. This will be followed on Friday 15th with the Great Village Bake-off and a social evening.

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