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Come along & join us – Family Fun!
This summer several family fun sessions will be held at a variety of locations.
10am to 1pm
- Dafen Church Hall – August 13th & 20th.
- Next to Felinfoel Park – August 14th, 21st & 28th.
- Llanelli Parish Church – August 15th, 22nd & 29th.
More details available from Michelle – 07393 147237
LMA Twinning Service
July 8th saw the Local Ministry Area Twinning Service held at the Parish Church.
Llanelli and Agen in France have been twinned for the past 30 years, provided an important cultural exchange between the towns.
Representatives from both Llanelli and Agen’s Twinning Associations joined the LMA Evensong Service at the Parish Church. The congregation were also treated to an excellent singing performance by Christian Moulie from Agen. Merci beaucoup Christian!
Click on the video below from the Twinning Association for more information about the visit to Llanelli:
Connect Service at St Peter’s
Connect with God – Sunday 13th May
On April 26th Rev’d Canon Huw was installed as Canon of St David’s Cathedral, along with five other diocesan clergy. Canon Huw is to occupy the stall of Llangan.
Llongyfarchiadau Huw ~ Congratulations Huw!
Click on the link below for further info about the story:
Parish Fund Raising Curry Night:
The recent fundraising curry night on 18th April was a great success! Over 70 parishioners attended, raising over £450 towards much needed funds. Grateful thanks to the staff at The Sultan Restaurant in Hall Street for all their hospitality to help make a very enjoyable evening.
The Bro Lliedi Easter Experience 2018
The recent Easter Experience within the Local Ministry Area was a huge success!
An amazing seven hundred children engaged with the event over the Easter period at St Peter’s Church and the Parish Church. Each school was allocated either a day or a session which allowed children from various schools to experience something of the last week of Jesus’ life.
The event involved six stations starting with Jesus’ triumphant entrance into Jerusalem and ending on Good Friday. At the final station all the classes came together to hear the final story about the empty tomb and the resurrection.
The children asked lots of questions about Easter, including some very good queries about why Jesus had to die. The feedback from the event was very positive with children and staff thoroughly enjoying the experience.
A big thank you for all the schools and staff that took part, and to Rev’d Rob, and Michelle Lloyd along with their hardworking team who helped make the event such a success.
Some of the hardworking team involved in the event:
Blodau Pasg – Easter Flowers
Great appreciation has been expressed to everyone who helped with the flower arranging and brass cleaning for Easter at the Parish Church and St Peter’s this year.
A huge effort was made over the weekend to help ensure that both churches looked their very best to celebrate Easter time.
Pasg Hapus! ~ Happy Easter!
Sir Edward Burne-Jones’ Easter Window
Llanelli Parish Church is very fortunate to have two Burne-Jones windows. The main window is located in the sanctuary and depicts the crucifixion of Christ. It is a stunning example of his work, and of national importance, part of the church’s significant Grade II* listed status. The window was manufactured by the famous William Morris & Co and was gifted to the church in 1909 by the Bythway family, in memory of William Bythway, a brewer in the town which was based in the Tyisha area.
Unfortunately the church has been subject to vandalism over the years, similar to many urban churches. It is hoped that sensitive external protection can be applied to the window to ensure its safety, and enjoyment for many generations to come.
United Benefice of Bro Lliedi
Holy Week & Easter Additional Services
March 26th – Monday in Holy Week – 7pm St Peters Church Llanelli
March 27th – Tuesday in Holy Week – 7pm Llangennech
March 28th – Wednesday in Holy Week – 7pm Felinfoel
March 29th – Maundy Thursday
- 7pm Services at Llanelli Parish Church Sant Elli; Dafen; Llangennech.
March 30th – Good Friday
- 10am – March of witness from Llanelli Parish Church Sant Elli to St Peter’s Llanelli
- 12.00 – 1.00pm St Peter’s Llanelli
- 1.00pm – 2.00pm Felinfoel
- 2.00pm – 3.00pm Dafen; Llanelli Parish Church; Llangennech
- 7.00pm – Tenebre, Dafen.
March 31st – Holy Saturday
- 6.00pm – Easter Vigil, Dafen.
1st April – Easter Day
Easter Day Services as usual in the morning
- 6.00pm – LMA United Festal Evensong at Dafen Church
Please note that there will be no other services in the Parish that Sunday evening.
~ Eglwys Y Plwyf Llanelli Noswaith Cyri
Llanelli Parish Church Curry Evening ~
A fundraising curry evening will be held at the Sultan Restaurant (located next to the Parish Church in Hall Street) on Wednesday 18th April at 7pm. Tickets are £10.
Proceeds from the evening will go towards fundraising work within the Parish of Llanelli.
Tickets are available from the Church Wardens.
Nadolig Hapus – Merry Christmas
The Christmas Tree and Nativity Window at Llanelli Parish Church.
~ The beautiful Nativity Window was designed by Sir Edward Burne-Jones and manufactured by William Morris & Co. It is dedicated in loving memory to Sir Arthur Cowell-Stepney. Sir Arthur Cowell-Stepney was born on 26th December 1834 in Manheim and died at Yuma Arizona on 2nd July 1909. He was a clerk in the Foreign Office for 21 years, Attache to the Earl of Clarendon’s Embassy to Berlin, Baronet of Llanelly, High Sheriff for Carmarthenshire, and MP for the Carmarthen Boroughs.
Llanelli Parish Church Hosts Dechrau Canu, Dechrau Canmol!
Christmas Eve will see Eglwys Y Plywf Llanelli ~ Llanelli Parish Church host Dechrau Canu Dechrau Canmol. The programme is entitled Llanelli Nadolig and will show carols from a packed Parish Church. The heritage of the Grade II * listed Parish Church will also be featured.
Update: If you missed the programme it can still be viewed via this link until 19th January 2018 – https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/p05qqg4j/dechrau-canu-dechrau-canmol-llanelli-nadolig
Llanelli Parish Church Features on
Songs of Praise!
The beauty and heritage of Llanelli Parish Church was captured on camera recently on the BBC’s Songs of Praise.
This was part of the programme presented by Katherine Jenkins and Josie D’arby that featured Llanelli’s Hywel Girls Choir. Choir members were interviewed in church along with the Angelicus Celtis group from Britain’s Got Talent. The choir’s leaders talked to Josie D’arby in the nave of the Parish Church, and the choir were also shown rehearsing on the chancel steps. The Choir were later featured singing Be Still My Soul at Manorbier Castle.
Captain Rob’s First Communion
Sunday 25th June saw the first communion of Rev’d Rob Lowe. This followed his ordination at St David’s the previous day.
The service at a packed St Peter’s Church was led by Rev’d Whittock, with Rev’d Mansel-Lewis, Rev’d Ashdown and Rev’d Payne also in attendance. The service involved the combined LMA choir led by Mr Chris Hatchet, with accompaniment by Mrs Nona Thomas.
The Parish Church Bell Ringers
The Parish Church Bell Ringers recently took part in BBC Music Day on 15th June. The event saw tower and hand-bell ringers from the UK and around the world invited to ring out at 7PM.
The group rang Rounds and Call Changes on the back six of the eight bells in the tower.
Organisers were hoping that last year’s event which saw over two hundred towers involved could be surpassed.
Weekly practice at the Parish Church normally takes place from 7.30pm on Thursday evenings, and new members from within the Parish are encouraged to join their ‘Big Bell Ringing’. Help is currently provided by ringers from St Peter’s Church in Carmarthen. Please enquire with Joan or Chris via the email address StElliBellRingers@outlook.com, if you would like to come along to a ringing session and train to become a ringer.
Click on the Youtube video below to see the Parish Church Bell Ringers –
Great appreciation has been expressed to everyone involved in the flower arranging for Easter at the Parish Church and St Peter’s. A marathon effort was made with the result that both churches looked their very best to celebrate Easter time.
Welsh Colleges Society of Change Ringers
Llanelli Parish Church was delighted to welcome representatives from the Welsh Colleges Society of Change Ringers on Saturday 8th April, as part of their annual Easter Tour.
The society rang the bells for over an hour, treating Llanelli town centre to a range of tunes.
Llanelli Parish Church has a full octave of eight bells, located within its 13th Century tower. Most of the current bells date from the 1820’s and 1840’s, with two further bells added in the 1960’s to bring the total to eight. The Parish Church bell ringers meet on a regular basis for practice, and also ring at important services and weddings.
Parish Church Clock
Following recent work the Parish Church clock is now operational again. The clock dates to approximately 1820, but has been out of action for several years. The Parish was extremely grateful when the clock face was restored through a generous private donation a few years ago, and recent cleaning and internal maintenance work has completed the task. The Parish is very grateful for the kind donation granted by Llanelli Civic Society, the additional private donations received towards the restoration costs, and for all the individual efforts to bring the town’s oldest clock back into operation.
Parish Fund Raising Curry Night:
The recent fundraising curry night was a great success! 75 parishioners attended, raising over £500 towards much needed funds. Grateful thanks to the staff at Masala for their hospitality to help to make a very enjoyable evening.