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Advent means ‘coming’ and is the special four-week period leading up to Christmas. It is a time to prepare for the celebration of Jesus’s birth but also for his coming in glory at the end of time.


Anglicans form the family of Christians closely related to the Archbishop of Canterbury. Whilst tracing their inheritance back to Christ and the earliest Christians and to the ancient Roman Catholic church, the sixteenth century Reformation was a crucial moment for Anglicanism.


‘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’).


‘Evangelion’ means ‘good news’. Evangelism is about sharing the good news of Jesus Christ’s death and resurrection in the hope that others may come to believe in and follow Jesus.

Holy Communion

At Holy Communion blessed bread and wine is shared, by which we receive the body and blood of Jesus Christ. The congregation gives thanks for Jesus’ life, his death and resurrection and his continuing presence. See also Eucharist.


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’).


‘Priest’ comes from the Greek word for ‘elder’. Priests in the Church in Wales are those authorised specifically to proclaim forgiveness of sins, preside at the Eucharist and bless God’s people, as well as other responsibilities.

Home Pobl Dewi: December 2023

Pobl Dewi: December 2023

Dorrien Election [handshake]

Bishop Dorrien elected

The former Archdeacon of Carmarthen, Dorrien Davies, has been elected as the next Bishop of St Davids.

The Archbishop of Wales, Andrew John, made the announcement after after a two-day meeting of the Electoral College behind the locked doors of St Davids cathedral.

Archbishop Andrew said he was “delighted.. His experience of this place and his deep wisdom and his skills will all be deployed in both leading the diocese forward and bringing it together in faith, hope and love."

Sacred Synod Group Photo

His appointment was confirmed at a Sacred Synod held in Cardiff on November 29th. His consecration will take place in Bangor Cathedral - seat of the Archbishop - on January 27th and he will be enthroned in St David cathedral a week later on February 3rd.

Read more - "Let's make this journey together"

Remembrance Service [Holy Trinity] 2023

On Sunday, 12th November, Holy Trinity Church, Aberystwyth, welcomed members of the Royal British Legion, the Armed Forces, cadets, the Emergency Services, local troops, the town’s dignitaries and the local community to the town’s Remembrance Sunday service. Around 200 people came to commemorate those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice for their country. The service was followed by the parade to the town’s war memorial for a short Act of Remembrance.

Remembrance Service [Aber} 2023

Focus on NSM(L) Ministry

NSM(L) Image [Cathedral]
Keeping it local

This year marks the tenth anniversary of non-stipendiary (local) ministry (NSM(L))

Director of Ministry Rhiannon Johnson looks back over its first decade.

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Strength in numbers

So, after ten years, what have we learned? A survey has come up with some answers

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Carys Hamilton

Revd Carys Hamilton

The NSM(L) system gave me the confidence to follow my calling to the Ministry. The training was excellent under the guidance of Canon Rhiannon Johnson. I had the support and encouragement that I needed to take the next step, namely to be a Non-Stipendiary Minister. Since then, I have not looked back and am very happy in my ministry.

Refugees 1
How to treat refugees like human beings

It’s Saturday morning at the All Saints Anglican Cathedral complex in central Cairo ...

John Holdsworth visits a job fair with a difference...in Egypt

History Book Cover [Gofal ein Gwinllan]


The contribution of the Church in Wales to Welsh literature, history and culture.

Volume 1

Editors: A. Cynfael Lake and D. Densil Morgan

Publisher: Y Lolfa 2023

ISBN: 978-1-800994553

Price: £12

The Vineyard We Care For

The publication of this splendid volume of essays in Welsh is also of real importance to non-Welsh speakers. In our 160-year history, attempts to point out the importance of the language were often met by leaders who dismissed the need for Welsh-speaking bishops, insisting that the church did not exist merely to promote the language. There was never any such danger. The early translators, the bishops and archdeacons who worked away to provide Bible, Prayer Book, Metrical Psalms, Poems, schools to teach the people in their own language, did so for the love of the Gospel, and love and concern for the people. Read Enid Morgan's review

Bodyguards [book cover]
A good Christmas read

Title: The Bodyguards

Author: Geraint Wyn Jones

Publisher: The author 2023

ISBN 9798866121649

Price: Hardback £13.99, Paperback £8.99, Kindle £2.99

Ministering spirits sent to serve

Geraint Wyn Jones’ retelling of the Christmas story from the angels’ point of view.

Read Peter Bement's review