St David’s Llanychaer

VICAR  –  Rev.Christopher Brown

    tel: 01348 875536     email:revchrisbrown4@gmail.com   

 Warden & Secretary:

    Sarah Lewis,  tel 07900 696523

There will not be a Harvest Service at Llanychaer this year, and there will be no Harvest tea, which means the parish will not have the opportunity to come together and celebrate Harvest, which is a very important time of year within our community. Some good news! After 4 years of research, applications, lots of form filling, letters back and forth, St. David’s Church is now listed under the Planning (Listed Building & Conservation Areas) Act 1990 as a Grade II building. We hope everyone remains safe and well during these difficult times.

It has been listed for its special architectural and historic interest as a well-detailed small Victorian church of unusual quality, notable for the simplicity and coherence of its design, both in terms of composition and the use of materials, and of its relationship with a medieval predecessor.

Should you visit the church, here are a few things to look out for:

  • The church stands on the footprint of an earlier church, which was possibly C13th and restored in C16th by Lloyd of Cilciffeth. Rectors are recorded here from 1406. It was rebuilt in 1876 to an early Arts and Crafts design by William Dolby of Abingdon
  • Opposite the door is a Norman font. For hundreds of years it has been used for the baptism of people of all ages
  • The window at the back of the church was added in 1909 and shows St David, after whom this church is named. The window, like the one behind the altar, is by the firm of stained glass artists Heaton, Butler and Bayne, who were a leading firm of their time based in London
  • Walk down to the front and the south transept is the area of seating to your right. People who sit here can see through the doorway to the altar, this is known as a passage squint
  • To the right of the alter is an arched sedilia (a sort of seat within the wall for a server helping the priest) with a piscina for holding water. These were reinstated 
  • here from the previous church but are not used now
  • Behind the altar and candles are encaustic tiles with the letters A and O, alpha and omega, the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet, which have been used since New Testament times to convey the timelessness of Jesus Christ.
  • here from the previous church but are not used now
  • Behind the altar and candles are encaustic tiles with the letters A and O, alpha and omega, the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet, which have been used since New Testament times to convey the timelessness of Jesus Christ.

 

 

WEEKLY WORSHIP DURING THE LOCKDOWN

Every week the Vicar forwards the appropriate service and readings for the coming Sunday which everyone is asked to read, if possible at 10am on that day,  so that we may continue to worship together although apart.

If you would like to receive these comunications please phone or email the vicar, Rev Christopher Brown – tel: 01348 875536     email:revchrisbrown4@gmail.com  

 

The Space to Reflect group, 

which usually meets once a month in St Davids are  experimenting with sharing readings and reflections by email.  Anyone interested in taking part should email one of the ministry team who will then pass your details on. 

 

Due to the lockdown we do not have people able to print and distribute copies the bimonthly of the Parish News but we do have a digital copy.  If you would like this sent to you email val.wakeman@btinternet.com

from the Church in Wales Provincial website, dated 16th March 2020

ALL PUBLIC SERVICES ARE TO CEASE IMMEDIATELY

 and this contues until further notice.

from The Vicar –

Any queries please feel free to get in touch. Please contact people in your congregations who may not know.

This is a very severe and serious step designed to save lives and minimise illness. The need for prayer has not been greater. It is perhaps a good idea to try to organise each congregation to pray in their homes at set times, especially normal service times, and to advertise this fact. Social media can for once have a good influence and allow prayer requests and concerns to be transmitted.

This means we are now a housebound Church. For some of the elderly, telephone will be the only point of contact. Please let me and the other clergy know if anyone needs a call. A visit will have to be specially arranged.

I do not “do” Facebook, Twitter etc. If there is someone who does and is willing, can you please advertise the fact that there are no Church services and that prayers will be offered at the set times. Prayer requests can be sent to my email.

Strange times demand sacrifices, however, we must be creative and remain as close as possible to our Lord.

Every blessing

Christopher

Situated just outside the village of Llanychaer, St David’s is open to visitors every day

hopefully to return before too long

SERVICE TIMES  information from 10348 872 746

‘Quiet services are held on the 3rd Tuesday of the month from 10am-11am

also special services are held to celebrate festivals

  

  

 

 

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