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‘Bishop’ comes from the Greek word for ‘overseer’. So a bishop is a senior Christian minister authorised to have oversight for God’s people. As well as duties given to deacons and priests, bishops confirm and ordain.


‘Diocese’ refers to the geographical territory in which a bishop exercises oversight. The Church in Wales is divided into six dioceses each with its own cathedral in which is housed the cathedra (the bishop’s ‘chair’ or ‘throne’).


A lectionary is a pattern for Bible readings for the Church year. This means that churches in the Church in Wales are able to use the same readings on any given day.


Prayer sustains our human relationship with God and may involve words (formal or informal) or be silent. Prayer can involve adoration (‘I love you’), confession (‘sorry’), thanksgiving and supplication (‘please’).

The Diocese of St Davids

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.

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Church in Wales Lectionary 2021

Message from the Churches Together Bookshop – Cardiff

The current copy of the lectionary (2020) has a re-order form to send to the Churches Together Bookshop, Cardiff – this is now incorrect. The Bookshop is closing down on 28th September and is not stocking the lectionary.

Customers need to go to www.ylolfa.com website and order the 2021 lectionary from them,  paying in advance by card – no invoicing to Parishes etc.

Y Lolfa can also be contacted on 01970 832304


Open Church Door [St Peters Carmarthen]

Churches in Wales can now re-open for public worship. But not all will do so immediately

Churches are already allowed to open, where possible, for private prayer, weddings and funerals.

But in a letter to clergy, Bishop Joanna has stressed the need for caution and careful preparation:

"This is only in cases where this can be done safely and in accordance with the Church in Wales’ guidelines. A building can only be open for a service once it has completed the risk assessment and this has been signed off by your Archdeacon.

"Safety measures for using a building for personal prayer and for a [public] service are distinct. If you have a church building that has already been signed off to allow you to open it for personal prayer, please still consult your Archdeacon for advice on how to move to the holding of public worship.

BEYOND HOPE: New grant scheme tackles the lockdown legacy

Allchurches Trust has launched a new grants programme – Hope Beyond - aimed at enabling churches and Christian charities to meet changing needs within their communities as the longer term impact of Covid-19 becomes clearer. 

All Churches Trust

Up to £50,000 is available for projects that will enable people, organisations and communities to flourish in life after lockdown,

The Hope Beyond grants programme will look to address three themes:

Projects responding to the issues of loneliness and isolation exacerbated by the Coronavirus pandemic where new and/or enhanced support is being proposed.

Projects focused on growing community resilience and promoting mental and emotional health and wellbeing

Projects focused on growing technological capability and resilience and supporting those without online access to get online through training and support.

To find out more information about the programme, read the research report and apply online, head to www.allchurches.co.uk/hopebeyond

News and events

News and events from St Davids Diocese.

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