Words on this page


‘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’).

Home Pobl Dewi December 2021

December 2021

Pobl Dewi December 2021 Banner

A narrow, viable path, but...

Creation Care Officer Marcus Zipperlen considers the outcomes

More than expected, less than hoped for

Environmentalist Judith Raikes' verdict

2022: The Year of Discipleship

Living as a pupil of Jesus

Bishop Joanna on the importance of discipleship

Run the good race

Mones Farah encourages us to get involved

From the Diocese

Greener Discipleship

Reporting from the 2021 Diocesan Conference Read more

Put on a smile

Helpful shopping helps diocesan finances Find out how

Improving Communication

The Diocesan Secretary wants your ideas Read more

Agents of Hope

J-D Laurence, a tutor at St Padarn's Institute, reports on an inspirational weekend in October at which over 50 candidates for licensed ministry gathered for a residential weekend - the first for a while. Read more

Governing Body...

... gives same-sex marriage its blessing Paul Mackness reports

Thank you, NHS

Retreat bursaries on offer for frontline staff Read more

All change in the Chaplaincy

New faces at Lampeter Read more

Children, Youth & Families
Eglwys Gwenlli

This is the way to attract our young people to church. How lovely to see them in St Mark’s Church, Gwenlli, on a lovely Sunday in September. Thank you to Lydia and Gethin.

The Taskforce: a holistic approach

Children, Youth and Families has been designated the Diocese's top priority for the future. A Taskforce has been set up to make it happen.

Chairman Paul Mackness reports on progress to date.

Read more

Digging with Dad

Plant Dewi's Dad and Me sessions provide opportunities for fathers and children to spend time building relationships and memories together.

Read more


Zero Dig

Following a 300 million-year-old example Clare Wimperis explains

Bringing back bio-diversity

The return of Yellow Rattle Read more

Eco Christmas

Shop, bake, wrap...enjoy! Lorna Bradley's top tips

Everyone deserves a good home

What makes a house into a home?

Diocesan Social Responsibility Officer Justin Arnott ponders the question

Read more

The Churches' role

Sian Bradley, Faith in Affordable Housing Partnership Co-ordinator at Housing Justice Cymru, considers the role of churches in solving the housing need crisis

Read more

Rural housing in Wales

A fairer vision from the Welsh Language Society.

Jeff Smith talks to Lyn Dafis

Out & About

Finding Jesus in a junk shop

Caroline Jones is delighted with a recent acquisition Read more

The Psalm 23 Garden

Open the Book at the Chelsea Flower Show Read more

Wild times and wells

The secret life of Llandyfan Church Mick Dean reveals all

Volunteering with Childline

Support for young people 24/7 Mark Rees tells his story

12th Century Wales - around us every day

Events in 1171 inspire talks, presentations and tours at St Davids Cathedral Read more

Upgrades ancient and modern

Repairs, local history and a digital project in Mathry and St Nicholas Read more

Art on the (winter) Faith Trail

Caroline Evans is pleased to see artists return to the cathedral to display their work Read more


Jeremy Martineau finds positives and the negatives Read more

St Clydai's

Another little gem Read more



Despair and desolation in Beirut John Holdsworth reports


A country with enormous potential Farming in the DRC

Linking Loos

Toilet twinning success Anne Beman reports

Dear Diary

Chronicles of a Vicarage childhood

Eluned Rees recalls happy family holidays Read more


The Diary of a Retired Parson Jonathan Copus struggles with Time

Diary of a Parson's wife

Clothes for every occasion Polly Zipperlen's dilemma


The Christmas gifts we offer

Emulating the Magi by Seamus Hargrave

A contradiction in terms

Patrick Thomas considers the paradox of the Incarnation Read more

Armchair Pilgrim

Lyn Dafis and his library Read more

Are you learning Welsh? Do you need a helping hand? Then Pobl Dewi is here to help you.

These articles are 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.

Our December article, by Jonathan Parker

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

You can write on any subject; 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@cinw.org.uk and my telephone number is 01970 820162. Don’t be shy!


Cultivating God's presence

The nature of discipleship Read Peter Bement's review

Let us Dream

Written from the heart Read Jeremy Martineau's review

The Princess and the Goblin

A Victorian fairy tale revisited Read Bill Hines' review

Contributions to Pobl Dewi

We welcome articles of interest from readers in the language of their choice.

Articles and photographs should be emailed to the Editor

We regret we are unable to accept hard copies of articles or photographs submitted by post.

Photographs of children must have parental permission, confirmed in writing, for publication in print and online.


Pobl Dewi and the Diocese of St Davids take no responsibility, liability nor share or endorse the opinions expressed in any of the articles contained herein.

All information is the responsibility of the person or organisation submitting the article.

Pobl Dewi takes no responsibility for any errors or omissions