St Baruc’s Church, Barry Island
St. Baruc is an important Celtic saint of Wales. He was a student of the famous St. Cadoc and there has been a place of worship dedicated to Baruc since his burial there around the year 700AD. The name Barry is believed to be a corruption of Baruc and during the middle ages a pilgrimage to Baruc’s burial place was considered to be very important. In fact 4 visits to Baruc were equal to 1 visit to Rome on the pilgrimage “league tables”. Thus Barry Island became a very sacred Christian site.
The current Church of St. Baruc on Barry Island is a newer building although the ruins of the ancient chapel and priest’s house are still used for a Celtic service on the feast of St. Baruc on 27th September each year. The Church has a small but devoted congregation who are proud to worship at the only Church in the world dedicated to St. Baruc.
The main Sunday service is at 11am and follows a traditional Anglican format. If you are looking for a place of worship on Barry Island or are a visitor to the area you may be assured of a very warm welcome at St. Baruc’s.
Sadly the church held its last service on the Epiphany of our Lord, 2019 and is now closed for worship.
The Parish of Barry PCC Registered Charity No 1134392