CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) - 24 March 2020
Sadly, it has now been decided that churches should be completely closed.  Any opening times that we have sent you have now been cancelled.  The Further Pastoral Guidance issued by the Bishops of the Church in Wales explains the reasons for this decision. For full bilingual text please see below or download the pdf above.  

You can find a list of radio and TV programmes offering services/prayers and links to other spiritual resources on the Churches page. 

Extract about Church buildings
We know that our churches have always been places of sanctuary, peace and wellbeing.  However, it is now clear that health and healing are best served by church buildings being closed.  All church buildings should therefore be closed until further notice.  This means churches should notbe open for solitary prayer.  Any exception from this action (other than as noted) should only take place with the diocesan bishop’s express permission.

Prayer and witness
The duty of the people of God to witness to Christis not diminished at this time; neither is our obligation to pray without ceasing for our communities and all in need.  We commend all that is being done in God’s service to care pastorally for our communities, and to enable worship, prayer and devotion to continue at home.  We continue to hold all who are anxious, all who are unwell, and all who are grieving in our prayers, asking that the presence of the risen Christ may be near to us all and give us assurance, peace and strength at this painful and anxious time.

Pray for all who suffer, including at this particular time those infected by Covid-19 around the world, for those who care for them, for health specialists and authorities who are combatting the spread of infection, and of course for all who at this time are feeling anxious, especially for those with friends and family in areas or occupations most at risk.

Gwnewch y pethau bychain - Do the little things
Mission Areas aim to build local teams to serve people in all their churches. 
In Aberconwy Mission Area, we are standing at the doors of our churches, looking out into the communities that we serve and inviting people in.
CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) - 24 March 2020
CORONAVIRUS – COVID19
FURTHER PASTORAL GUIDANCE  FROM THE BENCH OF BISHOPS OF THE CHURCH IN WALES
 EFFECTIVE UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE  

 
The background
The Prime Minister has told us all that, in order to slow the spread of coronavirus at this critical time, we must stay at home other than for very limited purposes about which helpful guidance has been given.
 
We may go outside:
• To shop for basic necessities, for example food and medicine, but should do so as infrequently as possible. 
• For health reasons, medical need, or to provide care or help for a vulnerable person.
• For one form of exercise a day, for example a run, walk, or cycle, alone or with members of our household.
• For travel to and from essential work, as defined by the government, and only where this work cannot be done from home.  
If leaving home:
 • We must stay 2 metres – about 6 feet – away from other people.
• We should wash our hands on returning home.
 
Church buildings
We know that our churches have always been places of sanctuary, peace and wellbeing. However, it is now clear that health and healing are best served by church buildings being closed. All church buildings should therefore be closed until further notice. This means churches should not be open for solitary prayer. Any exception from this action (other than as noted below) should only take place with the diocesan bishop’s express permission.
 
Where worship is to be broadcast or recorded, it is preferable to do so from home. Clergy who live immediately adjacent to churches may do so from the church, but the doors should be locked and others should not be invited to be present.
 
An exception may be made, if necessary, to open church buildings to host existing foodbanks, soup kitchens and homeless shelters. However, these church buildings should be open for this purpose alone, and all appropriate hygiene precautions should be taken.
 
Pastoral visiting
Clergy and others duly licensed or commissioned should exercise their pastoral ministry from a distance, by phone and online. Pastoral visits should only be undertaken because of an extreme pastoral emergency when the presence of a priest or deacon is exceptionally required. Bishops are able to give advice on what might constitute an extreme pastoral emergency
 
Funerals
No funeral services can take place in church. Graveside funerals should now be understood to be private funerals with no more than ten immediate family and friends in attendance, and with social distancing practised among mourners not of the same household. Clergy and others duly licensed may preside at funerals in crematoria, at which we expect numbers to be strictly limited by the crematoria authorities, with hygiene precautions specified by the authorities, and with social distancing practised among mourners.
 
Marriage
Marriages or marriage blessings can no longer take place in churches. If a couple wish to marry because of an extreme pastoral emergency, it may be possible to obtain an Archbishop of Canterbury’s Special Licence, and clergy should discuss the matter with their diocesan bishop before then contacting the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Faculty Office at faculty.office@1thesanctuary.com.
 
Baptism
Baptisms can no longer take place in churches, and should only take place at home, hospital, hospice or other location in case of an extreme pastoral emergency, where baptism may be administered by a lay person. The order for emergency baptism is appended below.
 
Prayer and witness
The duty of the people of God to witness to Christ is not diminished at this time; neither is our obligation to pray without ceasing for our communities and all in need. We commend all that is being done in God’s service to care pastorally for our communities, and to enable worship, prayer and devotion to continue at home.
 
We continue to hold all who are anxious, all who are unwell, and all who are grieving in our prayers, asking that the presence of the risen Christ may be near to us all and give us assurance, peace and strength at this painful and anxious time.
 
AN ORDER FOR EMERGENCY BAPTISM
 
In an emergency, if no ordained minister is available, a lay person may be the minister of baptism. Before baptizing, the minister should ask the name of the infant / person to be baptized. If, for any reason, there is uncertainty as to the infant / person’s name, the baptism can be properly administered without a name (so long as the identity of the person baptized can be duly recorded).
 
The following form is sufficient:
 
The minister pours water on the person to be baptized, saying
 
I baptize you in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
Amen.  
 
Then all may say the Lord’s Prayer and the Grace.
 
Any person who has administered baptism privately in an emergency should make a careful record of the date and place of baptism and of the identity of the person baptised. He / she should forward details to the parish priest as soon as possible and without delay.
 
The parish priest should ensure that the customary record is entered in the baptismal register.

 
The Bench of Bishops 24 March 2020


SPIRITUAL RESOURCES
Here’s a list of radio and TV programmes offering services/prayers:
Television programmes
Songs of Praise: Sundays at 1.15pm on BBC 1

Radio programmes
Prayer for the Day: daily at 5.43am on Radio 4
Sunday Worship: Sundays at 8.10am on Radio 4
Daily Service: Monday to Friday at 9.45am on Radio 4 Long wave and DAB only (see instructions below on how to find this on DAB)
Lent Talks: Wednesdays at 8.45pm on Radio 4 during Lent
Celebration: (Act of worship) Sundays at 7.30am on BBC Radio Wales
Choral evensong: Wednesdays at 3.30pm and the same service is repeated Sundays at 3pm on Radio 3
(The Daily Service is available on a Radio 4 DAB side channel which is automatically made available about a minute before the programme begins.
After tuning to Radio 4 DAB, select “Daily Service” (from your display) with the tuning wheel and press the selector button.
On some radios the side channel can be stored on a preset button and once it is stored there you simply need to press the preset. We recommend choosing a well established brand of DAB receiver.)
For more information on Mission Areas in the Diocese of St Asaph, take a look at the map of Mission Areas and FAQ.
Where to find the Aberconwy Mission Area
Welcome
  1. Churches
    Ten churches make up the Aberconwy Mission Area, working together to develop Shared Ministry. This means a team of clergy and lay people working in all their churches to ensure the Church in Wales is healthy and vibrant as it heads towards its centenary in 2020.
  2. Our Team
    The Aberconwy Mission Area team members can be found on The Team page.
  3. Events
    See the Calendar on our Events page, as well as the latest Newsletter and information on a particular church page.
  4. Contact Us
    Penrhyn Beach East,Penrhyn Bay, LL30 3NT 01492 541615 parishofficerhoscystennin @gmail.com OPENING HOURS 10am to 12.30pm Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays