A Tale to Tell


“On the very first occasion when someone stood up in public to tell people about Jesus, he made it clear: this message is for everyone.” (Tom Wright)

Just weeks before, Peter, the foremost follower of Jesus, had been crying like a baby because he had lied and cursed and denied ever knowing Jesus. Then, he was telling a crowd of hundreds if not thousands, that something had happened that had changed the World for ever; what God had done for him, Peter, he could do for anyone; new life, forgiveness, new hope and power were opening up like spring flowers after a long winter. “This promise is for you,” he said, “and your children, and all who are far off.”

And for two thousand years people have been telling this “greatest tale of all” as they have discovered for themselves the life-changing, life-giving presence of Jesus. Mel Gibson told this story in the graphic reality of a Hollywood blockbuster. For us in Neyland, Burton, Rosemarket and Llanstadwell the budget doesn’t stretch so far, but we too in our communities and in our own way want to tell the greatest story ever told.

From Sun 25th March to Sun 1st April, Easter Day, the bishop is leading a team of Ordinands (those training to be vicars) to help us at special events and services to do just that. The events are listed here. Every event is open to everyone (unless otherwise indicated). All events are free. At all of them there will be consideration of why the message of Jesus is good news for today.


Palm Sunday March 25th

‘Tales of Wales’ A celebration of Welsh culture with Neyland School, Neyland Ladies Choir and orchestra, including music, song and poetry choir, solo and audience participation in Sospan Fach and other Welsh songs 6pm St Clement’s Church, Neyland.

Monday March

Yoga and Prayer Yoga is an ancient form of exercise that focuses on strength, flexibility and breathing to boost physical and mental wellbeing. This gentle introduction combines the physical and mental disciplines of the ancient East with the spiritual exercise of Christian prayer. 10.30 to 11.30 St Clement’s Hall & 7.30 pm to 8.30pm St Clement’s Hall

A Taste of Africa – Babouti This would be a hot contender for South Africa’s national dish. Babouti is a Cape Malay creation of minced beef and spices, with a creamy topping. (Vegetarian options on request) 6pm St Clement’s Hall.Please ring to book a table or a place.

Tuesday March 27th

Toddlers 9.30am Houghton Mission Hall’s regular toddler group with hot cross buns, Easter bunnies, & displays of the toddlers’ crafts: open to new members.

Knitted Bible Exhibition Cameo scenes from numerous bible stories have been put together from figures and props knitted by the local community. Come and see. Tuesday to Thursday 11am – 3pm St Clement’s Church:

Family History Parish registers down the centuries available for inspection and perusal. Tuesday to Thursday. 2pm to 4pm St Tudwal’s, Llanstadwell

Afternoon Tea hosted by the Mothers’ Union. All welcome. 3pm to 4.30pm St Clement’s Hall:

A Portrait of a Pembrokeshire Artist A talk by Simon Hancock on the life and times of Charles Norris who lived in Pembrokeshire during the first half of the nineteenth century. 7.30pm Neyland Yacht Club

Wednesday March 28th

CAP freeing from debt Christians Against Poverty is a UK charity that has helped thousands escape the crippling effects of debt and poverty over the last 21 years. Their help is free. CAP’s local rep will be on hand to talk to, and there will be information on the CAP Money Course being run here shortly: a course that teaches budgeting skills enabling people to get to grips with finances in weeks. 12pm to 2pm St Clement’s Church

Knitted Bible Exhibition 11am-3pm St Clement’s Church

Family History 2pm to 4pm St Tudwal’s, Llanstadwell

Songs of Praise 6.00pm Rosemarket Church soloist Kaya Henderson, impromptu choir & congregational hymns

‘Grill a Bishop’ Have you ever wondered … What are the questions you have never received answers to? your chance to put any question – science, morality, politics, faith – big or small – to trail-blazing bishop, Joanna Penberthy, the 129th Bishop of St David’s 8pm Foresters Bar, Neyland, corner of Kensington Rd and John St

Maundy Thursday March 29th

‘Little Lambs’ Toddler Group 10am St Clement’s Hall: new members welcome

Coffee and Chat: 10.30-12.30 Rosemarket Village Hall

Jolly Boys lunch this men’s dining club like none other opens its doors to the Bishop, 12 noon Hazelbeach Mission Hall.

Knitters Natter tea, coffee and cake for all knitters, as the Knitted Bible comes to a close, 2-3pm St Clement’s church:

Maundy Thursday service of foot washing Burton Church 7pm & another at St Clements Church 7pm.

Knitted Bible Exhibition 11am-3pm St Clement’s Church

Family History 2pm to 4pm St Tudwal’s, Llanstadwell

Good Friday March 30th

Neyland’s Churches Together Walk of Witness leave Zion Chapel at 11am; ending with hot cross buns at Bethesda.

Family Fun Friday 11am St Clement’s Hall: crafts, games and drama for all the family with hot dogs from 12 o’clock!

Good Friday service Burton Church 11am

An hour at the foot of the cross a quiet service of reflection, 1pm Llanstadwell Church:

Good Friday service Rosemarket Church 2pm

Stainer’s Crucifixion and works by Cesar Franck, Charles Gounod, Karl Jenkins, and John Goss, performed by Cantorian Tyddewi, with a meditation for Good Friday: The Day God Died 7pm St Clement’s Church.

Saturday March 31st

Hazelbeach Community Beach Clean 10.30am Hazelbeach seafront (near Ferry House Inn and the boat yard); gather at Mill House (opposite the boat yard) afterwards at 12 noon for barbecue and Easter Egg hunt.

Easter gardens and Easter Egg Hunt 10am to 5pm Burton Church will be open with a display of Easter Gardens and pictures with an Easter Egg Hunt at 3pm.

BIG Egg Hunt the Beacon, Rosemarket 2-3pm – prizes for the most eggs found.

Healing Café 2pm to 4pm St Clement’s Hall: Tea, coffee cake and an opportunity to pray for healing for yourself or another.

Curry Night A Kerala Kitchen: 7pm St Clement’s Hall, all welcome to a genuine Indian curry. Please ring to book places.

Easter Day Sunday April 1st

A Tale to Tell concludes with celebrations of Easter in our different churches. Do join us.

8.30am Llanstadwell Church: Holy Communion
9.30am Rosemarket Church: Holy Communion
9.30am St Clement’s: Family Communion & and Easter Egg Hunt
10.45am St Clement’s: Easter Happening & Easter Egg Hunt
11.00am Burton Church: Family Communion
11.15am Llanstadwell Church: Family Communion