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St Ffraid's Plans for Remodelling

This will include:

· A new extension to house a toilet with baby changing facilities and kitchen.

· Removal of 2 pews each side from back to enlarge social area, welcoming area adjacent to new facilities.

· Removal of 2 front pews in front of pulpit to enable space for children / family service / concerts and other events.

· Removal of pews by North door to enable a quiet and more intimate space for prayer and counselling.

· Tidying up the existing vestry and inserting a door for security which will also provide a more comfortable meeting space.


We have done it!




The Vicar, Wardens and PCC wish to thank the following:
The Representative Body of the Church in Wales and the Diocese of St Asaph
Costcutter, Llansantffraid
All Churches Trust
Pantefedwen Trust
Garfield Weston
Foyle Foundation
Oakdale Trust
Llansantffraid Parish Council
Llansanffraid Church in Wales School
Montgomery District Trust Fund
Post code lottery
Powys County Council
Welsh Church Fund
The Beatrice Laing Trust
Lloyd Trust (Montgomery)
David Davies and Sons, Oswestry
Jacksons, Llanfyllin
Prices, Oswestry
Robert Edwards Chester LTD, Pipe Organ Builders
Richard King Systems
Fund Raising Events: Art Day (Joan Baker) Parish Lunch (Bank Farm)
Flower arranging event (Ann Kirkham)
Individual private donors and donations in memory of:
Mr John Davies
Mr Kevin O Hanlon
Mr Brian Newsom
Mrs Ann Cyffin Jones
Rev’d and Mrs Maldwyn Hughes-Thomas
Mrs Liz Brown MBE
Mrs Eileen Job
Mrs Jessie Emily Bennett
Mrs Edith Francis
Mrs June Bostock


Llansantffraid and Llanfechain Diary

A number of people from both churches have moved their regular giving to Gift Direct which means that we claim the gift aid monthly. Please contact Pam for further information on this.


The Grouped Parishes of Llansanffraid and Llanfechain

November 2014


Advent is the beginning of the Church Year for most churches in the Western tradition. It begins on the fourth Sunday before Christmas Day, which is the Sunday nearest November 30, and ends on Christmas Eve. Historically, the primary colour of Advent is Purple. This is the colour of penitence and fasting as well as the colour of royalty to welcome the Advent of Christ the King.  The purple of Advent is also the colour of suffering used during Lent and Holy Week.  This  points to an important connection between Jesus’ birth and death. The nativity, the Incarnation, cannot be separated from the crucifixion. The purpose of Jesus’ coming into the world, of the "Word made flesh" and dwelling amongst us, is to reveal God and His grace to the world through Jesus’ life and teaching, but also through his suffering, death, and resurrection. On Advent Sunday, when we light the first Advent candle, we will hear the message from Bishop Gregory, reflecting on the previous year and looking forward to the next. Much of what Bishop Gregory says is around Mission Areas and 20/20 Vision. Perhaps Advent is an appropriate time for me to leave you as it is a new beginning in my life too as I continue to live out my Christian life in the parishes of Bwlchgwyn and Brymbo and get started on the challenging work of Diocesan Transitional Missioner (getting people to move on in their spiritual and church life) alongside the role of Canon Chancellor. I cannot thank you all enough for the preparation you have given me over the years (from May 2006) to take on this new role and for the love, friendship and support you gave us all as a family when we moved here and particularly since July of this year when Mike died. Although Mike was involved principally in Poolquay and the Llanrhaeadr group he loved living here and supporting my ministry in our churches, often filling in for me and he enjoyed many social gatherings. There is a lot to celebrate and for that reason I look forward to doing it formally on 7th of this month. I hope and pray that you have a meaningful Advent and joyous Christmas when it arrives.
With all my love and prayers, Pam


Thursday Communions have been suspended during the Interregnum but please note there is one at 10am on Thursdays in St Myllin’s, Llanfyllin where there will be a welcome. The Llanfyllin group is part of our Vyrnwy Mission Area.


The Vyrnwy Nursing Home is visited by the Pastoral Team for Holy Communion.


Prayer Group will continue. Please listen to weekly notices re venue.


30th November: Advent 1  

11am Holy Communion for both churches in Llansantffraid. This is our usual 5th Sunday and there will be no other services in the group.


7th  December: Advent 2

11am Holy Communion for both churches in Llansantffraid and Pam’s Farewell service followed by refreshments. Please ensure if you are joining us in the hall that your name is on a list in the back of our churches or you have contacted Barbara Morgan directly on 01691 829212


14th December: Advent 3

Carol Services in both churches: 11am Llansantffraid     3.30pm Llanfechain


21st December: Advent 4

Llansantffraid  8am HC    11am  Morning Prayer with Carols
Llanfechain 9.30am    Morning Prayer with Carols  


28th December: Christmas 1

Llansantffraid  8am HC        11am  Morning Prayer with Carols
Llanfechain 9.30am    Morning Prayer with Carols



Christmas services


Christmas Eve Crib Service:         Llansantffraid at 5pm


Christmas Eve  Holy Communion and Carols: 

 Llanfechain  at 10pm        Llansantffraid at 11.30pm

Christmas Day:       11.30am in Llansantffraid.




Service pattern

from Jan 2015

Week 1

Week 2

Week 3

Week 4

Week 5/notes

St Ffraid

 8am HC

11am Morning Prayer

11am HC

8am HC 

11am All Age Worship

11am HC

Group 11am Eucharist
In this church
March 29th  & November 29th

St Garmon

9.30am MP

9.30am HC

9.30am All Age Worship

9.30am HC

11am Eucharist
May 31st for whole Mission Area

At a recent joint PCC meeting members took on a variety of roles and indeed non PCC members have also done this. Thank you for sharing out the day to day running of our churches which involves more people in God’s ministry and mission of the church.


Future Newsletters As an example of the above, Mrs Denise Evans has offered to do a weekly notice sheet for both parishes. Please send or ring through any requests to Denise by each Friday in readiness for printing on Saturday and distribution on Sunday.
Contacts: 01691 649993


As you are aware by now we are emerging into the Vyrnwy Mission Area with the Llanfyllin Group, Llwydiarth and Llanfihangel. The Rev’d Hermione Morris is your main clergy contact and will be at 4th Sunday Eucharists in both churches. Hermione’s contacts are: 01691 648306



Our Parish Reports are now available in .df format:





Parish Share - also notice in churches the new Diocesan notices for the 2014 share. Both churches have gone down slightly this year:  
St Ffraid’s share is St Ffraid’s share is £18,606 pa but with ministry, mission and other running costs it is approximately £500 per week to keep open.
St Garmon’s share is £12,381 pa but with ministry, mission and other running costs it is approximately £325 per week to keep open.
 I do thank those in both churches who take on the Christian responsibility of stewardship-not only in their planned giving to God’s church but also by taking on roles in the churchyard or in the churches (cleaning etc) that therefore we are not paying out for. Times are tough for all but spreading the responsibility of stewardship to all who feel they “belong” to our churches not only eases the financial situation but helps to grow the church.


Take action now to reverse budget VAT increases.

Sign the e-petition to bring back zero rate VAT on alterations to listed churches. The e-petition can be signed online now at:


For further information about this project please contact Rev’d Pam Powcontact Rev’d Pam Powell.



Bishop Gregory blesses the builders G & T Evans of Llanwddyn at the start of the remodelling work:

Bishop Gregory blesses the builders G & T Evans of Llanwddyn at the start of the work


We were pleased to host our Cathedral Choir who sang Evensong for us on 30th September 2012:"Cathedral Choir"


Nativity 2011

Nativity 2011

Planting Bulbs

 Planting bulbs at All Souls 2011

Bishop Gregory

Bishop Gregory on Parish visit 2011

Messy Church Activities

Messy Church activities 2012

Messy Church Worship

Messy Church worship 2012

Llanfechain School Passion Play

Llanfechain school Passion Play 2012

Palm Sunday

 Palm Sunday in Llanfechain

Passover Supper on Maundy Thursday

 Palm Sunday in Llansantffraid


Passover Supper on Maundy Thursday

First Eucharist of Easter

First Eucharist of Easter

Stations in the porch

Stations in the porch

Good Friday

Good Friday

Easter Eve

Easter Eve

New St Ffraid’s church banner made by Miss Judith Jones

New St Ffraid’s church banner made by Miss Judith Jones


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