St Lawrence's Church Gumfreston St Lawrence’s Church Gumfreston is part of the Caldey Local Ministry Area - a team of seven churches who strive to serve our local people and also the many thousands who visit us each year. We belong to the Diocese of St Davids in the Church in Wales and we hope people of all backgrounds and traditions will find a warm welcome here. St Lawrence's Church, Gumfreston St Lawrence's Church Map
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Welcome to St Lawrence's

Welcome to the website for St Lawrence's Church in Gumfreston! St Lawrence's Church is proud to be a part of the Caldey Local Ministry Area family - a team of seven churches who strive to serve our local people and also the many thousands who visit us each year. We belong to the Diocese of St Davids in the Church in Wales and we hope people of all backgrounds and traditions will find a warm welcome here. We try to provide a variety of services in styles to suit different tastes, from the formal and traditional through to more modern and youth-orientated worship – always acknowledging our Anglican heritage. We have a strong commitment to children and young people, to pastoral care, to lay ministry and to our strong musical tradition. Above all we believe that Church life should be enjoyable and exciting, that the Church is a great celebration of God’s love, a celebration into which everyone is invited through Christ’s death and resurrection. Come and join us!

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Gumfreston Church and Holy Wells

The site of this ancient church and its three holy wells is strongly connected to the early Celtic Christians of the Ritec Valley, and for centuries has been a place of pilgrimage and worship.

Today, our church and wells remain a peaceful sanctuary of rest and spirituality, maintaining normal Sunday Church in Wales services, while remaining open and welcoming at all times to visitors and pilgrims. We are also involved with the Living Wells project in Wales.

We offer a Celtic service every third Sunday of the month. We also have an evening of Celtic story and song in the Tenby Arts Festival in September, with a candlelit Christmas Celebration in December, after which prayer candles are floated in the wells.

After our Easter Sunday service, people are invited to join us at the wells to throw ‘Christ’s nails away’, an ancient tradition we have renewed.



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St Lawrence Gumfreston - Harvest Festival Celebrations 2018






The Bible Course - Come and Join Us!

You may well remember last year we ran the Bible Course. It was very much a success. It is a course that in 8 weeks takes us throughout the Bible, starting in Genesis and ending in Revelation. The course, written and presented wonderfully on DVD, by Revd Andy Ollerton, helps all of us, no matter our background and confidence with the BIble, to start to learn how to read it for ourselves and study it with confidence.

A typical session includes:
• 15 minute teaching video
• 25 minute discussion time
• 15 minute teaching video
• 10 minute personal reflection to finish
• Daily readings between sessions

The content of the course over eight sessions includes:
• Introducing the Bible
• Creation & Covenant
• Exodus & Promised Land
• Judges & Kings
• Exile & Prophets
• Jesus & the Gospels
• Acts & the Church
• Revelation & Review

Ever wondered why Leviticus is important and need not be scary? Or perhaps why certain books are included in the Bible? These questions, and so many others, are answered in the course.

Kathy and Henry Johnston came last year, and they reflected that, “We never have the chance at our services to ask questions or to dig deeper into the Scripture, so if we want to learn more then we have to rely on individual Bible study. The Bible Course is a really great opportunity to learn more about the Bible with fellow Christians, to listen to individuals own take on a particular passage, and to hear what their faith means to them. This course is designed to provide a good overview of the Bible, and for those of us who lead busy lives, it is a chance once a week to put the Bible in the forefront of our lives with others who seek to learn more. It is also an opportunity to ask questions without feeling silly or embarrassed, and we do laugh a lot!” Revd Ollerton helps us start that process of studying the Scriptures together, realising that the Bible in its entirely is both essential to us, but also, actually, entirely possible for us to study, and enjoy studying, as individuals and in groups.

All are thoroughly encouraged to come. The course has been marvellously updated and renewed, so that means all those who came last year should come again too.

This is the website, please do take a look, https://www.biblesociety.org.uk/explore-the-bible/the-bible-course/.



Advent Sunday Confirmation Celebration

From left to right - William Cahill, Ellie Davies, Nan Dowell, The Bishop of St. Davids The Right Reverend Joanna Penberthy,
Joshua Geertman, Curate Joel Barder, Melanie Paassen and Ellie Pearson.

“God has called you by name and made you His own”. These inspirational words express the meaning, truth and significance of Sunday’s Confirmation celebration at the first Sunday of Advent benefice service at St. Mary’s Church. Five candidates were in attendance to receive confirmation of their decision to formally enter membership of the church and were presented to The Bishop of St. Davids, The Right Reverend Joanna Penberthy during the Holy Eucharist. The candidates this year were William Cahill, Ellie Davies, Joshua Geertman, Melanie Paassen and Ellie Pearson. The young people were prepared for Confirmation by our Sunday Club leader, Nan Dowell, assisted by Curate Joel Barder. This was a truly joyous and uplifting event for Advent Sunday, at which time we prepare for the wonders of the birth of Jesus, a king born in a humble stable over two thousand years ago. Bishop Joanna spoke with great enthusiasm about the significance of Confirmation, it being the beginning of adult life within the church. She explained to us all, and particularly the candidates, about the meaning and relevance of God’s Holy Spirit being freely given to us all in our individual lives.

Children all over Pembrokeshire and, of course, all over the world, are already anticipating 25th December with growing excitement, with the prospect of the gifts they hope to receive. The enormous generosity of our community was again demonstrated on Sunday, when a mountain of beautiful gifts for children were on display in church. PATCH is a local charity, supporting families throughout the county who are suffering hardship and deprivation in its many forms. Its annual Toy Appeal was launched at the end of October and it was decided that this truly worthy cause would again be supported by the benefice. PATCH representatives, Tracy and Jan, attended the service on Sunday to receive the gifts and expressed their delight and amazement at the quantity of toys which had been donated.

The music for the service was arranged by Dr. John Harrison and Mark Thompson, with the organist being Clive Raymond in Dr. John’s forced absence, due to illness. We all send our good wishes to him, with prayers for a speedy recovery and return to St. Mary’s. The entire service was enhanced by the splendid renditions offered by the choir, particularly the motet, Come Down, O Love Divine. Following the service special celebratory cakes were served to the candidates, their friends and families and benefice members, bringing to a close a most enjoyable and important occasion.

Details of all events and services throughout Advent may be viewed on the notice board outside church and can also be found on the weekly pew leaflet and the church website.



St. Mary’s MU Support Plant Dewi Baby Bundle Project

At a recent meeting of St. Mary’s Mothers’ Union Samantha Duggan, the area representative of Plant Dewi, was warmly welcomed by all of our members. Sam is the brains behind the excellent Baby Bundle scheme, a project to support vulnerable families within the diocese of St. Davids. After a first class presentation concerning the work of Plant Dewi, Samantha was delighted to accept the tremendous quantity of clothes and equipment which had been collected in order to support this essential scheme. Our leader, Ellen, along with the committee members, would like to sincerely thank members of MU, parishioners at St. Mary’s and friends in the wider community for their generosity and kindness shown in providing so many items for new babies whose families need a helping hand at a very expensive time.

Samantha Duggan is seen at the centre of the group of MU members, displaying some of the beautiful clothing donated.



The New Bishop of St David's visits St Mary's

Sunday 3rd September a special day at St Mary`s Church Tenby. The first visit of Bishop Joanna, Bishop of St Davids many visitors joined our church family for our Patronal festival and to celebrate the work of The Friends of St Mary`s. During the service representatives of Dementia UK and Tenby Talking books accepted cheques for £1800 each towards the wonderful work they do. This money was from donations given during our Posy Festival held earlier in the summer.

Samantha Duggan is seen at the centre of the group of MU members, displaying some of the beautiful clothing donated.



Joel Barder's Ordination

Here are some photographs to celebrate Joel Barder's ordination at the Cathedral, and his first Holy Eucharist in St Mary's Church on 25th June 2017. We all wish you many congratulations Joel!





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