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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’).

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Pobl Dewi: September 2020

September 2020

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 Bishop

Faith, plain and simple Read more

From the Editor

Here we go again! Read more

From the Diocese

Covid-19: The state of play

An evolving situation

Paul Mackness describes how the easing of lockdown applies to church life Read more

Money matters

Tim Llewellyn outlines the financial straegy for 2021 Read more

Office FAQs

Jeff Thomas - zooming along Read more



We welcome three new faces Come and meet them


Discernment in uncertain times Our Vocations Adviser explains

Digital Ministry

Mones Farah has a question... Read more

Shaping our Future

The view from St Padarn's An update from J-D Laurence

Zoomed into Office

Viv Sayer describes her digital licensing Read more


Meet our new priests and deacons Read more

Church & Society

Impact 242

A vision is becoming a reality Victoria Jones writes

Tackling Climate Change

Becoming a Zero-carbon Church Read more

Sackcloth & Coffee

A new podcast on faith and life Sophie Whitmarsh issues an invitation

Health & Well-being

You are not alone!

Covid-19 & Child Mental Health

Surveys reveal generational damage Read more from Barnardo's


It's not only the laity who are suffering Counselling for clergy families

Porth Ceredigion

Bridging health & care services in Ceredigion Read more

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


Responding to a new reality Read more


Dark clouds with silver linings Read more


Feeding new friends Read more

Covid-19: new opportunities

Plant Dewi

Taking up the 2.6 Challenge Read more

Shopping - a win-win!

How a chore became a privilege Read more

Strawberries anyone?

Penrhyncoch's parish pick-me-up Read more

Stepping up for Christian Aid

Becky Evans' long lockdown walk Join her

Back to School

Rising to the challenge at Ysgol Penboyr Carol James writes. So do her students.

Looking ahead to Libraries Week

Celebrating 1620, 1920 and 2020 Find out more

Interfaith & International

Learning from St Frances

Interfaith Officer Derek Davies sees encouraging signs Read more

A cry for help from Beirut

John Holdsworth reports from a desperate city Read more


The latest from our companion diocese Roger Dirokpa reports

Black Lives Matter

Churches Together for Justice

Cytun's response to twin crises Read more

Husband and wife together for Justice

A personal testimony by Shirley Murphy Read more

History & Remembrance

St Peter's, Lampeter

Celebrating 150 years Read more


Every headstone tells a story Lyn Dafis investigates

The Unknown Warrior

The Welsh Connection Read more

Mediaeval Lost Property

Mick Dean, Diocesan Property Officer, makes an exciting find Read more

On the lighter side

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

Diary of a retired Parson

The joys and gin-traps of virtual worship Jonathan Copus encounters the unexpected

Diary of a Parson's wife

"Let's stay home and make it fun!" Polly Zipperlen on what was...and what might have been this summer

Have your say - in Welsh!

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

God's blessings, whatever the weather

John Howells remembers some good advice Read more

A time to sow and a time to reap

A normal day's work in abnormal times Life on a Narberth dairy farm

Young reflections

Poems and prayers by Ysgol Penboyr pupils Take a look

Book reviews

Celtic Saints

A treasure trove of wisdom and inspiration Read Val Legg's review

Eating Together, Becoming One

“hospitality is part of the best of our humanity" Read Brendan O'Malley's review

Isaiah's Legacy

Biblical fiction at its best Read Shirley Murphy's review

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