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.
BISHOP JOANNA’S LENT REFLECTIONS
ECO-LENT 2020: Living Simply for Creation
Our Creation Care and Sustainabiity Officer, Revd Marcus Zipperlen, has compiled a series of resources for Lent which focus on the way we live in an age of climate change.
There are four sections, each dealing with a different aspect of creation care and how we can incorporate sustainability into our Lenten observations (and beyond):
HOW DOES YOUR CHURCH HELP YOUR COMMUNITY?
Churches throughout the UK are being asked to take part in a new online survey to help find out how they are maintained, funded, managed and contribute to their wider communities.
The new research will build on a similar study, undertaken in 2010, which looked at the physical condition of places of worship and also the way they are managed, funded and used by their communities
Data from the survey will be used in a new research study being carried out by the National Churches Trust, the UK’s church buildings support charity, into the social and economic benefits that churches provide to local communities and to the UK more generally.
Take part in the survey here (Deadline March 4th)
GDPR & PARISH ELECTORAL ROLLS
The Representative Body of the Church in Wales has published new guidance about the Electoral Roll and the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR). This will have an impact on the data that you collect and what you do with that data.
The main differences with the Electoral Roll are as follows:
- Your Electoral Roll must no longer be displayed near the main door of your church, rather, it should be made available for inspection prior to the Vestry Meeting each year.
- Providing a telephone number or email address is optional for individuals applying to have their names entered on the Electoral Roll.
Further information on this, including all relevant notes and forms can be found by following the link: www.churchinwales.org.uk/electoralroll
It is possible for you to amend the Electoral Roll Application Form (Word document) so that you can include the name of your LMA and that of your Church e.g. (I)…hereby apply to have my name entered on the Electoral Roll of the (LMA Name) under the Church of (Church Name) in the Diocese of St Davids.
Please disregard all other Electoral Roll Forms that you have used in the past and use the new forms, which are available by following the link above.
LOOK OUT, LOOK OUT
Unfortunately, Churches in the Diocese are once again falling victim to lead thieves.
Churches in the Archdeaconry of Carmarthen have been affected recently. We would ask you all to be vigilant at this time and report any thefts or suspicious activity to Dyfed Powys Police. Please also report any thefts and/or associated damage to your insurers and email Emma O’Connor so that the Diocesan Office can keep a record of where these crimes are taking place.
The St Davids website is being updated all the time. But you might not spot some of the changes at first glance. So here are some of the recent additions:
A new diocesan logo has been introduced and is available for download. Please use this logo on all materials henceforward
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