Welcome to the Diocese of St Davids, named after Wales’ patron saint whose cathedral in Pembrokeshire is one of the jewels of the nation. The diocese also covers the counties of Ceredigion and Carmarthenshire including the western industrial valleys and the town of Llanelli.
WHAT DO WE WANT FROM OUR ARCHBISHOP?
The Archbishop of Wales, Dr Barry Morgan, has announced he is to retire in January on his 70th birthday.
The Church In Wales has launched a consultation process to review the work and responsibilities of the Archbishop.
The Church has commissioned a team to conduct the review but it’s hoped that as many people as possible will participate.
The team will seek views from across the Church and wider society at various key stages and is beginning by inviting initial views on the Archbishop’s role and how he or she might best be supported in the future.
The working group’s chair, Professor Gareth Lloyd Jones, says, “There is no doubt that the Archbishop of Wales is a prominent figure, not just in the Church in Wales but also in Welsh society. We need to be sure that what we ask of our Archbishop in future is reasonable, and appropriate for today’s Wales.
The Archbishop has duties both within the Church and nationally and these roles need to be properly understood so that they can be robustly supported.
The Home Office has announced a new grants scheme aimed at protecting churches against hate crime
The scheme is open for bids until September 20th. A second funding round will open next Spring. Grants will fund up to 80% of the cost of installing improved security measures, including CCTV, external lighting, locks and alarms.
2. MAKING YOUR PROJECT SUSTAINABLE
The National Churches Trust is offering new 50% grants aimed at helping churches to diagnose problems and provide sustainable solutions.
- Viability Grants of up to £3,000 to help diagnose problems and assess opportunities, need and sustainable use
- Development Grants of £5,000- £10,000 to help prepare documents often required by large grant giving bodies and to meet RIBA stage 1, for example: business plans, activities plans, or condition reports
The objective of the pilot scheme is to support churches to become more sustainable through the diagnosis of issues affecting the church, testing the viability of proposed solutions to improve sustainability (for instance by considering local competition), and the development of guiding policies and plans that will be implemented through a subsequent capital or sustainability project
Applications are accepted from places of worship of any Christian denomination that is a member of Churches Together in Britain and Ireland (CTBI), across the UK. Applicants must have a legal responsibility for the care of their church and will need to own the building, or hold a full repairing lease. Although applications will be considered for buildings of all ages, listed and unlisted, buildings must have been built as churches originally
The deadline for applications is September 12th
FIFTY THINGS TO DO IN A CHURCH
NCT has also launched a new campaign to celebrate the diversity of our church buildings – and they want you to add to their list.
As well as being places of worship, church buildings play a vital role in activities for the benefit of the wider community. It is estimated that nearly 90% of churches are used for community purposes as well as for regular services. And 83% of people see this as an important contribution.
Included in the 50 Things are activities and sights linked to music and the arts, the spiritual, helping the community, art and architecture, food and drink, history, nature and wildlife, and sport and leisure.
NCT has recruited well-known “agnostic with doubts” Michael Palin to urge us to add to their list.
They are asking anyone with their own favourite ‘Things to do in a Church’ to share them online on the National Churches Trust website on the NCT Facebook page or on Twitter using the hashtag #50thingsinachurch.
FOLLOWING ST DAVID’S FOOTSTEPS
Bishop Wyn’s three-year journey to visit every parish – and every church – in the diocese is now almost complete.
So far, his pilgrimage has taken him to 321 of our 330 churches during 86 different visits.
The journey will end at the cathedral on September 29th, five days before he retires.
As he travels, he has been recording his experiences in a Bishop’s Blog, meeting and celebrating with congregations everywhere he goes