Continuing Ministerial Development

2017 Programme

The Bishop expects all priests and deacons to attend Continuing Ministerial Development training days and conferences as part of their ongoing education and formation. All Licensed Readers are also invited to participate in these events as a supplement to their own dedicated training programme.

Bishop Joanna’s introduction

YrAtomBob mis (ag eithrio mis Awst) / Every month (apart from August)
Ystafell Glewlwyd Gafaelfawr
Canolfan Gymraeg Yr Atom, 18 Heol y Brenin, Caerfyrddin, SA31 1BN / Yr Atom Welsh Centre, 18 King Street, Carmarthen, SA31 1BN

Geiriau’r Gair: Magu hyder yn y Gymraeg er mwyn arwain addoliad

Fostering confidence in leading worship through the medium of Welsh

Pwrpas Geiriau’r Gair yw helpu’r rhai sydd wedi dysgu cryn dipyn o Gymraeg i wella eu Cymraeg litwrgaidd mewn awyrgylch anffurfiol a chyfeillgar.
Cydlynir y sesiynau gan y Parchg. Ddr. Ainsley Griffiths, gyda chymorth ac arbenigedd gan y Barchg. Suzy Bale a’r Barchg. Delyth Wilson.

The purpose of Geiriau’r Gair (literally ‘the words of the Word’) is to help those who have learned colloquial Welsh to improve their liturgical Welsh in a friendly and informal environment.
The sessions are coordinated by Revd. Dr. Ainsley Griffiths, with help and expertise from Revd Suzy Bale and Revd Delyth Wilson.

Fel arfer rydym yn dilyn patrwm tebyg i’r canlynol / The normal pattern for a typical session is as follows:
10.00am Boreol Weddi yn Gymraeg / Morning Prayer in Welsh
10.30am Coffi – gyda chyfle i sgwrsio am eiriau ac ymadroddion anghyfarwydd o’r litwrgi sydd newydd ei ddefnyddio / Coffee – with an opportunity to discuss new words and phrases arising during that day’s liturgy.
11.00am Prif drafodaeth ar bwnc sydd wedi ei gytuno o flaen llaw / Main item of discussion as agreed in advance
12 noon  Gorffen (fel arfer drwy ganu emyn!) / Finish (normally through singing a hymn!)

Dyddiadau 2017 Dates:

Mehefin 6 June / Gorffenaf 11 July / Medi 12 September / Hydref 10 October / Tachwedd 14 November / Rhagfyr 12 December


Thursday 21st September: Teifi Suite, Halliwell Centre, UWTSD Carmarthen

DewiSmall.gifPresenting Plant Dewi (6pm – 8pm)

The purpose of the evening is to share the work of Plant Dewi within the Diocese, to encourage parishes to work alongside us to address local need and to explore ways that parishes can help us.
Plant Dewi is a project that sits within the St Davids Diocesan Council for Social Responsibility. It is a unique project with an excellent track record and it is one of the largest social responsibility projects in the Province.

Its purpose is to share the love of Jesus Christ enabling people to find value, dignity, forgiveness and hope in their lives. Our mission is to enable projects that nurture children, strengthen families and build communities. Our way of working which is embedded in the projects, provides the means of supporting some of the most vulnerable families whilst maintaining their dignity and control. It is a way of working that is most effective at engaging parents, particularly the hard-to-reach.

Once engaged we support parents to bring about a change in their lives for themselves, bringing positive outcomes for their family and community. Parents are partners in the process and work alongside us in a safe place, at their point of need and at a level and pace that they feel comfortable with.

Plant Dewi staff and parents will present the work through pictures and stories. They will include the following (though some details may be subject to change):
~ Sue Fletcher, Project Manager
An Overview of Plant Dewi
~ Peter Arnold, Manager Pembrokeshire
Plant Dewi in Pembrokeshire
~ Vicky Thomas, Project Worker
Young Parents in Carmarthenshire
~ Carys Davies, Project Worker
Young Parents in Carmarthenshire
~ Llinos Waters, Project Worker
Family Centres in Ceredigion
~ Samantha Duggan, Project Worker
Families Together Groups
Coffee, tea and biscuits will be available from 5.30pm. We will begin the session at 6.00pm with a brief act of worship, followed by presentations by each of the speakers. The evening will conclude with a plenary discussion and prayers.
Do come to listen to these engaging presentations and discover how Plant Dewi could work alongside your church(es) in serving your local community and making the love of Christ real in practical, life-enhancing ways.


Wednesday 11th October, Teifi Suite, Halliwell Centre, UWTSD Carmarthen

Holy Communion and the Baptised

The Bishops recently announced new guidance concerning admission to Holy Communion. Since Advent anyone who has been baptised is now able to receive Holy Communion in our churches, regardless of whether they have been confirmed. The Bishops have said the Church in Wales is re-adopting the practice of the early church in an effort to strengthen ministry to children and young people.

This change has received a mixed reception; some parishes and people have welcomed what they see a step towards greater inclusion, others have felt confused or uncertain about this, and the way in which it was announced. Concerns have been voiced about the impact of this change, the manner in which the sacrament is offered and the on-going status of confirmation.

During this day we aim to explore how the new guidelines may be understood, the issues they raise in practice and possible helpful ways forward. We will look at patterns in children’s faith development and the ways in which churches across the spectrum of Anglican tradition can enable children and their parents/carers to be encouraged in faith.

Mary Stallard is a priest in St. Asaph Diocese. She was glad to serve in the Diocese of St. Davids for six years, when she was deacon in charge then priest in charge of the parishes of Ysbyty Cynfyn with Eglwys Newydd and Llantrisant.

Mary currently works with young people in Wrexham. She is co-director of The St Giles’ Centre for Religious Education and Faith Development at St Giles’ Church. She also enjoys being Anglican Chaplain at St Joseph’s Catholic and Anglican High School, the first shared faith high school in Wales. She is a non-stipendiary member of the Wrexham Mission Area clergy team.

Mary is married to Revd Andrew Sully, vicar of Llangollen with Llantysilio and Trevor. Mary and Andrew have two daughters.

Timetable for the day
10.00am Eucharist (University Chapel). Bishop Joanna to preside.
10.40am Tea / coffee
11.00am Morning Session
 Baptism – beginning a journey
 Church – companions on the way or in the way?
 How we learn throughout our life.
 What the changes mean in my church/parish/ministry area?
 Confirming faith and continuing learning.
1.00pm Lunch
2.00pm Afternoon Session
 Looking at case studies and addressing challenging situations.
 Sharing ideas and best practice.
 Resources for growth and learning.
 Plenary session
4.00pm End