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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’).


‘Eucharist’ comes from the Greek word for ‘thanksgiving’. At the Eucharist the Church remembers Jesus’ last supper where he gave bread and wine to be his body and blood, a sign of his saving love. See also Holy Communion.

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.


‘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.

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Pobl Dewi

September 2020

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Welcome to the September edition of Pobl Dewi, our diocesan newspaper. Once again, the coronavirus pandemic means we are unable to print this issue so, once more, we are publishing it exclusively online. All the articles we would have printed are included here, grouped into broad themes. We hope you find them interesting and enjoyable.

From the Diocese


Church & Society

Health & Well-being

Helping hands: a nation of shopkeepers

Three articles, one from each archdeaconry, expressing gratitude to our small shopkeepers who stepped up to the mark when lockdown struck, and pleas for us to keep using their services

Covid-19: new opportunities

Interfaith & International

History & Remembrance

On the lighter side

Our regular columnists find something to smile about, even when up against it

Have your say - in Welsh!

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Are you learning Welsh? Have you been to Welsh night classes for a year or two? Well, here is a new series of articles in Pobl Dewi to help you.

These articles will be in easier Welsh with a list of new or uncommon words (highlighted in yellow). The articles will be about the history, people and places in St Davids Diocese.

But we need your help as well. Here is your chance to put into action what you have learned in your Welsh classes. We would like you to write a short article for Pobl Dewi in Welsh!

You can write on any subject: what’s it like to go to Welsh class, or what makes learning Welsh special for you? Perhaps you would like to tell others about somewhere interesting you have visited, an interesting person you have met, or what you do.

The article should be around 300 words, and it would be good to have a picture to go with it. If you would like to write then someone from Pobl Dewi will be there to help so you don’t have to think about all the little details. What is important is that your voice will be heard.

If you would like to write or find out more then please contact me. My name is Lyn Dafis. My address is Y Ficerdy, Penrhyn-coch, Aberystwyth, SY23 3EP. My email address is lyndafis@gmail.com and my telephone number is 01970 820162. Don’t be shy!

These are our first three pieces to get you started - and hopefully inspired!




Reflections for the harvest season

Book reviews

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Christianity Expanding

(Book 1 in Wisdom Series)

Pub: John Hunt, 30th October 2020

ISBN: 978-17890-44225

Price: £7.99 (available from Amazon)

Daring to challenge preconceptions

Don MacGregor is a prophet for our time. Well informed on the key elements of spirituality, scientific enquiry, early Christian thinkers and current church practice, he knits this knowledge together to help the reader understand some of the conundrums facing thinkers, scientists and people of faith. This first of a short series of small books applies his breadth of understanding in an easy-to-read style and each chapter concludes with simple stated questions, some easy spiritual exercises and suggested further resources.

To anyone with a questioning mind this small book is a revelation. To anyone who is very comfortable in their faith it may present a challenge. To those who are certain of their faith it may be an affront. The author opens the mind, bringing together some long held ideas that were generally lost in the search for certainty and even ruled unacceptable by those in authority. Like a detective, the author asks how and why some decisions to create an orthodoxy happened, and we, the viewer, are set free to realise we knew all along.

This book should be read and pondered by those exploring faith. If the Church is to retain any relevance in a changed, and changing, world it must dig deep into its lost elements to realise that many of the 95% who have nothing to do with organised religion may be onto something after all.

Revd Canon Jeremy Martineau

June 2020


Because of the current Covid-19 emergency, we are unable to print the June edition of Pobl Dewi. Instead, all the stories we would have printed are included in this (hopefully) one-off digital issue.

Around the Diocese

Watch Cor Cwrdda in action!


Beibl Newydd

On 5th February, there was a special celebration in the Archdeaconry of Carmarthen: the PACCD birthday party. Rhian Morgan explains

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Borth Lectern

Stephen Owen, award winning artist, designer and craftsman in wood, was asked to make a lectern for St Matthew’s Church, Borth. He explains the inspiration and design process for the work

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Rededication at St Ishmael's Church Monk Haven

At St Ishmael’s Church, Monk Haven, near Haverfordwest, on Sunday 8th March, Bishop Joanna presided and preached at a Eucharist Service of re-dedication after the completion of extensive renovations of the ancient building. The Bishop joined Revd Gaynor Ford and the large congregation afterwards for the annual Snowdrop Tea in the church.

Around the world

Pandemic: A reflective poem