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St John's Conwy

One of our young Sixth form members Grace Patrick is joining a Synod Group on an exchange trip to Jamaica later this year having already experienced a trip to Uganda to help build a school for the Batwa Community in Uganda last year with a group from Rydal Penrhos, We look forward to supporting her in this latest venture and hearing all about it on her return.

We had record numbers at our Christmas Services which included an Open Church on Christmas Eve when the Church was open for free hot chocolate and mince pies in the Hall (donations amounted to E200), as well as an opportunity for people to light candles and offer personal prayer in the quietness of the Church some 300 people came in from the cold and fireworks.

Five new members were transferred to us at the Covenant Service with more to come, We are considering appointing a part time lay worker to work with children and families - specifically to support (and be supported by) our volunteers, with a well established Messy Church and the Parent and Toddler Group, and to help plan' All Age Worship. Following a very well attended Cytun Service during the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity we are hoping to, develop more opportunities for
working together throughout the year.

We have great facilities - any enquiries for bookings etc can be made by calling the church phone on 01492 582047.


Rhos-on-Sea Methodist Church

The church continues to be a positive presence in Rhos-on-Sea, and has shown recent growth in membership with 12 persons made members at our recent Covenant Service.

The church has good communal facilities and our premises are fully utilised every day of the week by various church and non- church organisations, including Playgroup, Mother & Toddler Group, Badminton, Indoor Bowling, Coffee Mornings, Tai Chi, Bridge Club, Drama Group and Choir Rehearsals to name a few.

Unfortunately, our existing heating system is showing its age - the boilers are over 45 years old and in need of urgent renewal as is the kitchen, and external stonework -  this work will cost in excess of 50,000. Efforts to fund raise have started and the Circuit have promised some funding and grant aid will be applied for.

The church is the main 'Chub" for various organisations, and the input of people through our doors is a real part of our mission to the wider community.

Please pray for us as we embark on a,. hopefully, not too lengthy refurbishment project.

John and Ann Davies


Llandudno Methodist Churches

2016 is a busy year for us in Llandudno.

It is St, John's 150th year and we have plenty of celebrations planned, We have arranged for the Methodist Modern Art Collection to come to town from 24th June to 3rd September, with a whole host of special events surrounding it. It will be a major undertaking for us, even with the support of our partners, Oriel Mostyn, and we will need lots of volunteers to steward the exhibition. We are hoping that members of the Circuit will be able to help out - without you we will not be able to open, Details will be sent to churches after Easter, but if you need information now please contact Lyn at the office on 01492 860439

St, David's will be helping out, of course and, thankfully, their year is a little more normal, if there is such a thing in contemporary church life. We have had great success in launching Messy Church last autumn, and it is now being held every month for the families of the neighbourhood. This fits perfectly with our theme for 2016, "At the heart of the community," It is our aim to be known throughout the
neighbourhood for our family friendly events - all of which, of course, are God-centred and gospel witnessing, even our fames firework night Sausage Sizzle!


Rev. Bev.


St Paul's, Abergele

Most people, especially preachers, enjoy the intimate atmosphere of services in the Hall (during the winter), A few of our regulars are away on winter holidays; apart from those, numbers at worship holding up well. Next social event is pancake lunch on Shrove Tuesday, The time of our Sunday morning service will change on a permanent basis from Easter Day to 10.30 am. With the Welsh Methodist society at St Paul's in the process of 'ceasing to meet' conversations are taking place with Synod Cymru regarding the future of St Paul's.



With the recent refurbishment to the sanctuary area of the chapel now completed we are enjoying the new arrangement but also looking to make the facilities available to the village community for their use. Monthly lunchtime communion services will re-start in February. We are grateful to the musicians from Trinity, Prestatyn who provide our organist whilst Maggie Coward is in Australia visiting family.


St John's, Prestatyn

Sadly, our lovely building needs considerable work to fix a number of significant problems, which brought us to the conclusion that we would have to close, A number of alternative venues were explored but with the failing health of a number of our small but faithful band it was decided to draw a line under the work and mission of our church. At our next church meeting we will decide on the date for our final service, Please remember us in your prayers.


Trinity, Prestatyn

We are blessed by having a number of people who are very talented and creative, and who are willing to get involved in the mission of the church. We are currently running 'Messy Church', monthly on a Friday, in the late afternoon/early evening, We have also been running lopen .The Book' in one of the local primary schools, The scheme, promoted by the Bible Society, involved going into the school once a week to tell a Bible story in a dramatic style. Other churches in Prestatyn are also running the scheme in different schools and it is our hope that together we can cover all the primary schools. We are also blessed by the dedicated few who work behind the scenes to keep the church and community centre running on a (more or less) even keel.


President of the Methodist Church

We are delighted that the Revd Steven J Wild will be preaching at St John's Llandudno on March 20th at 11.00am (Palm Sunday) and that he and the Vice President Dr B Jill Barber will be sharing in a Rally at St Paul's Church Abergele on Saturday 19th March from 10.30 - 12.30, which will be a combined event with Synod Cymru. We hope as many as possible will squeeze in on Saturday!


Llanddulas, Old Colwyn and Nant-y-Glyn

The English Methodist church at Llanddulas is celebrating 30 years since David Woodward encouraged the church to look to the future and join Rhyd y Foel and Llanddulas together as an English speaking worshipping community. We look forward to opening the church on St David's Day to celebrate the Urdd with the local school, We are planning events to enjoy all the heritage of this site and equally celebrating the warmth and spiritual depth of the current worshipping congregation - watch this space.

Old Colwyn leadership team are going on an away day to plan our next couple of years of mission and outreach, but we have already seen a new audio system trialled and approved, we are organizing a monthly lunch to invite those within and on the margins of church to come and share together, we are hoping to organize a Passover Seder Meal on Maundy Thursday at lunchtime and to share in the Churches Together walk of witness through Old Colwyn on Good Friday. More to follow.....

Nant y Glyn church continues to meet for prayer and Bible Study on Thursday mornings to which anyone is welcome and we have a plant sale planned for May 7th whilst 12th June is our Church Anniversary and Gift Day,



Colwyn Bay Town Centre Chaplaincy

The Colwyn Bay Town Centre Chaplaincy was an initiative raised by members of St. John's, Uniting Church, Colwyn Bay. When they knew that their church was closing, a small group was set up to consider a remaining "church presence" in Colwyn Bay.

Audrey Sherrington (one of our Local Preachers) in particular, was resolute in ensuring some form of project be looked at, and the Chaplaincy Project was initiated. It has now been up and running for almost twelve months, with a Lead Chaplain, Rev. Tecwyn Ifan, and two Lay Chaplains, Janet Hughes and Pam Gilmour.

Nearly all the shops in the centre of Colwyn Bay, and the Bay View Shopping Centre are visited, with the Chaplains working on Mondays. "Drop in" facilities have been arranged at the Library and also at Morrisons Supermarket for their staff.

There are hopes in the future to widen the work at the Police Headquarters and the new Conwy County Borough Council which will be opening in Colwyn Bay.

Due to personal reasons, we are likely to be short of two Chaplains soon, so anyone interested please contact myself for further information.

John Davies, Chair, Chaplaincy Committee


VentureFX updates -

Pioneering Chapter Published: a new book on Pioneering titled 'Pioneering Spirituality' has been published under Canterbury Press, Gavin Mart has a chapter included called: 'Pioneering Spirituality through the Arts'. The book is available online through Canterbury Press, Church Mission Society and Amazon.

Pioneering Pathway underway: A new National Pioneering training network has been developed across the UK through the Connection. Gavin has received training as a coach and is interesting in the development and training of new Pioneers working across Wales.

Llandudno Project: Gavin is in the early stages of developing a new community project in Llandudno which brings together local people through the Arts, Pop-up restaurants, social events, triathlon club and creative activities. The project; '3RD Space' is creatively exploring the use of a fantastic industrial venue space at the back of a local brewery.

Bethlehem 'right to movement' marathon: Having performed at the internationally acclaimed Bet Lahem Live festival last summer, Gavin is returning to occupied Palestine in April to run the Bethlehem Marathon. Gavin is hoping to raise 1000 to go towards the charity Amos Trust who are working towards a just peace in Palestinian communities. Please email for donation details.