The Parish of St Tysilio's Church, Bryneglwys

We are part of the Church in Wales (Anglican)

We are part of the Diocese of St. Asaph

and the Deanery of Edeyrnion

A you explore this website you can find out more about the history of the Church of St. Tysilio which has been here since at least the 6th century and about the small village of Bryneglwys in a sheep farming area of North Wales. We hope you enjoy getting to know us and the parish we love. Most of all we ask you to pray for the life and witness of this small church and to join us in worship if you are in the area.

About the church

The Parish Church

Tysilio The church is dedicated to St. Tysilio. Tysilio (also known as Sulian) was born towards the end of the sixth century. His father was Brochwel, the reigning prince of Old Powys, living at Pengwern (Shrewsbury). At an early age Tysilio felt drawn to the religious life, to serve God as a monk. His father was strongly opposed to the idea. It was an unsettled time, with Powys constantly harassed from the neighbouring province of Mercia. Brochwel intended his son to be a leader in his army.

Seeing no other way, Tysilio fled while out hunting one day with his brothers. He went to join the Abbott Gwyddfarch’s community at Meifod, near Welshpool. In order to avoid a further encounter with his father, Tysilio was sent to live on a small island (known as Ynys Sulian – Sulian’s Island) in the Menai Straits. After seven years he returned to Meifod to succeed Gwyyfarch as Abbot.

Tysilio’s problems were not over however. His father died soon after the battle of Chester (about 603 AD) and was succeeded by Iago, Tysilio’s elder brother. A couple of years later Iago also died, leaving no son to take his place. Iago’s widow, in an effort to retain the power she had enjoyed as his wife, resolved to withdraw Tysilio from his abbey and marry him, making him king of Powys. When Tysilio refused her ‘offer’ she used her influence to make life difficult for the community in the abbey. In the hope that his absence would ease the persecution, Tysilio, with some of his monks, crossed the sea to Brittany where he settled in the neighbourhood of St. Malo. There he set up a monastery and remained there until his death in about 650.

Service Times

First Sunday
11.15 am
Second Sunday
11.15 am
Third Sunday
11.15 am
Fourth Sunday
11.15 am
Fifth Sunday
11.15 am

Other Services

1st Wednesday,07.30,Holy Communion

Opening Times

The Church is opened daily by our Warden, Brian

Public Transport


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