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.
GOVERNING BODY: ST DAVIDS WINS RE-THINK ON CHILDREN & COMMUNION
The September meeting of the Church in Wales Governing Body has backed a motion from St Davids Diocese extending the introductory period for new rules governing children and Holy Communion
Under the rules, announced by the Bishops a year ago, baptism – and not confirmation – became the only requirement for anyone wishing to receive the Sacraments.
The motion also commits the Governing Body to holding a future debate for further “detailed consideration” to be given to the measure “in order for any concerns to be shared and appropriate responses made” on matters of practicality rather than principle
It also calls for the paper entitled Documents about Admission to Communion to be amended in the light of the debate and the trial period currently under way to be extended until Advent Sunday 2018
An amendment seeking to return ultimate authority to the Bench over the question was defeated after a lively debate.
BISHOP: “URGENT PROGRESS” NEEDED ON LMAs
A series of archidiaconal deanery meetings has left parishes in no doubt that progress must be made urgently to complete the transition to Local Ministry Areas (LMAs)
In a paper presented to each meeting, Bishop Joanna said “recent financial and pastoral considerations have meant we need to move more quickly into forming Local Ministry across the whole diocese.”
At present, about half our parishes have joined forces and inaugurated LMAs that roughly coincide with existing deaneries or half-deaneries.
The prime purpose of the meetings was to establish final boundaries for those that have not yet reached agreement. Maps were distributed and comments invited as to their accuracy and suitability.
But the Bishop’s paper stressed that this was not about individuals or personalities. “It is about getting the most sensible units at a time when clergy resources cannot be increased.