'Workers' Playtime' at St David's!

This photograph of David G Thomas, organist of Llandaff cathedral, with our own Dr Chris Wilkinson and Fr Mark Prevett, really sums up the wonderful recital David gave on Friday 28 July, full of firm favourites, special treats and lively anecdotes. It was the last of our Summer Organ Recitals at St David’s parish church and was a truly lovely afternoon, with marvellous music, fine food, good wine and lashings of homemade lemonade. Over £750 was raised on Friday – thank you everyone and thanks again to our recitalists, Emma Gibbons, Stephen Moore and David, who all showed the organ at its best. Thanks also to the lovely ladies who provided the food; to our sponsors, David Crandon, Undertaker, Merthyr Tydfil; Harp Funeral Services, Merthyr Tydfil, and St David's Church Choir. Also thanks to the hundreds of people who came to listen to the music and who generously gave well over £2,500 over the three recitals, in aid of our organ repair fund. We are all feeling truly thankful.

Jesus is our Superhero!

We had a fantastic time at Caper Creations Messy Church at St Tydfil's old parish church last Saturday 8th July. One of the highlights was a lively rendition of 'Jesus is our Superhero' complete with actions and dance moves! It's such a catchy tune, you can enjoy it here on Youtube. We also heard the story of the Creation and did lots of activities including making (and eating!) food, planting sunflowers, colouring, face painting and mask making - phew! Things were so fast moving that our trusty photographer and her camera couldn't keep up so the photos are a bit blurrier than usual, oops. 

Thank you to everyone who took part and made it such a special occasion, and especially to our lovely ladies who work so hard to make things happen! Our next Messy Church - 'Messy Harvest' - is on Saturday 23rd September from 2 to 4pm and everyone is welcome to join us. See you there!

Champagne and music!

What a weekend! The sun shone, the bubbles popped, the glasses chinked and a great time was had by all who attended the Parish Champagne Tea party at St Tydfil's Church on Saturday afternoon. It was a sell out event and in having so much fun £500 was raised for the Welsh Air Ambulance as well. Thanks go to those who organised the party and then served us so well on the afternoon. 

And that was only the half of it as on the Friday we were blessed with a magnificent organ recital at St David's by Stephen Moore from Llandaff Cathedral. We realised nearly £600 for the organ fund so thank you to everyone who attended and to those who organised the refreshments and crafts. 

Dr Chris thanks Stephen for the magnificent recital

Dr Chris thanks Stephen for the magnificent recital

Is this a winning lottery ticket?! (Sadly, no) 

Is this a winning lottery ticket?! (Sadly, no) 

Welcome Charlotte, our new curate

What a delight to welcome Charlotte Rushton, our new curate, and her husband, Craig, and daughter, Grace, to the parish yesterday. A full weekend of celebrations were had with her ordination as a deacon the previous day at Llandaff Cathedral. Thank you as always ladies for the wonderful spread at St Tydfil's and the beautiful cake.

If you haven't already met Charlotte I'm sure you will in the next few days as she starts her work in this parish, and when you do you will meet someone who is full of passion for Merthyr and its people. Please pray for Charlotte and her family, especially for the speedy resolution to the housing situation.

Looking forward to the future and our mission in this place.

A Special Week!


What a week it has been! Today, Wednesday, is a special birthday for Fr John, and we celebrated yesterday at St David's with eucharist followed by a fantastic buffet lunch. It was good to see so many visitors from Rhymney, Barry, Nottingham and France. John received a new Kindle so we might get him on to Facebook yet! And a peal was rung in Scotland by members of the Llandaff and Monmouth association of church bellringers who are on their Summer tour, to commemorate John’s 70th too. Many happy returns John and have a great holiday.

In addition we are still celebrating last Friday's wonderful organ recital at St David's, which has now raised over £1000 towards the organ fund. The recital was given by Dr Emma Gibbins of Newport Cathedral and it was a joy to listen to her. Thank you Emma, from your friends in Merthyr Tydfil. Diolch also to Nancy, Elizabeth and Lynda for the fundraising cards, bags, key rings and organ pipes, and to the ladies of the Quar for the lovely lunches. Our next recital is on Friday 30 June, do join us!

Emma at the console

Emma at the console

Goodies for sale

Goodies for sale

A New Chapter for St Tydfil's

Fr Mark writes: The history of St Tydfil’s Church in Merthyr is a long one with many chapters. Since coming here nearly four years ago it has been a great joy to see new chapters in that history being written. On Sunday evening we saw another chapter started with the introduction of a tabernacle in which the ‘Blessed Sacrament’ can be reserved. This also means that there will now be a regular eucharistic service at St Tydfil’s. Initially this will be on a Saturday evening at 6pm. Christ has, of course, always been present in Merthyr, but this tangible sign, for all those who visit St Tydfil’s for whatever reason, emphasises His ever present journey with us all.

Thank you to Archdeacon Christopher Smith for blessing the tabernacle and to Mrs Elaine Fisher, the donor. The photograph above shows Fr John Hughes, Fr Mark Prevett, Mrs Elaine Fisher and Archdeacon Christopher.

Elaine Fisher, Archdeacon Christopher, Fr Mark and Fr John with the new tabernacle

Elaine Fisher, Archdeacon Christopher, Fr Mark and Fr John with the new tabernacle

Faith, Fellowship, Friendship

Please join us at one of our many events in the coming months. There is something for everyone, from organ recitals in St David's, to 'Champagne' Afternoon Tea in the Quar, to Malvern Food Festival. We would love to have your company so contact us for more details.

Social & Fundraising Activities

Saturday 6th May - 'Champagne' Afternoon Tea at Quar Church Hall

Monday 29th May (Bank Holiday) - Bus trip to Malvern Food Festival, it's in the centre of Malvern, 1 minute to the shops

Saturday 24th June - Parish Mid-Summers Day Afternoon Tea at St Tydfil's Church

Thursday 7 and 14th September - 'Queetle' Drive at Rhydycar Bowls Club

Saturday 18th November - Christmas shopping trip to the Cotswolds

What does Lent look like?

Here is a beautiful image showing the many elements of Lent - a time for preparation, hence being in purple in the church; p for preparation.

So, prepare for God to come into your life this Lent with a) bible study, b) meditation, c) prayer and d) fasting. These four disciplines will refresh and renew you and make you ready to greet the Risen Lord at Easter.

Everyone is welcome to the following Bible study opportunities in Lent:

  • St David’s Church 11.30am-12.30pm on Wednesday 22nd and 29th March, and 5th and 12th April
  • Thursday evenings at 7pm at Salvation Army (leaflets in church)

Image copyright Look to Him and be Radiant


Congratulations to our Lay Pastoral Visitors

It was an absolute delight to welcome the Diocesan Director of Ministry and Discipleship and CMD Officer, The Revd Canon Richard Lowndes to the parish on Sunday evening to commission the Lay Pastoral Visitors. The service was a celebration of ministry and mission in this place and marked a new chapter in the life of the parish. Thank you for the 12 who were commissioned and for your future ministry. Fr Mark