St Mary's Church Tenby St Mary’s Church Tenby leads the Rectorial Benefice of Tenby - a team of five 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 Mary's Church, High Street, Tenby, SA70 8AP St Mary's Church Map

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Welcome to the website for St Mary’s Church in Tenby! St Mary’s Church Tenby leads the Rectorial Benefice of Tenby - a team of five 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 recently joined up with the churches of Manorbier and St Florence to form the Caldey Local Ministry Area.

 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!

St Mary’s, St Julian’s, New Hedges, Gumfreston, Penally


Holocaust Memorial Day 27/1

At 10am on Saturday 27th January, in St. Mary’s church, Tenby, there will be a service to remember the victims of the Holocaust and other genocides since. The service will have a mixture of video testimony, readings, a service of prayer and reflection, and a minute’s silence to remember the victims. The Holocaust Memorial Day Trust has given the theme this year: The power of words. We will be using words to remember what has happened in recent history in order to be able to say and commit to, ‘Never Again!’ All are welcome to this service!

Holocaust Memorial Day on 27 January is the day for everyone to remember the millions of people murdered in the Holocaust, under Nazi Persecution and in the subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur.

Last year over 7,700 local activities took place across the UK to mark Holocaust Memorial Day, with people coming together in civic halls, public spaces, libraries, cinemas, workplaces, schools and universities.

Holocaust Memorial Day in the UK is supported by Holocaust Memorial Day Trust. Olivia Marks-Woldman, Chief Executive of Holocaust Memorial Day Trust, says:

‘On Holocaust Memorial Day we honour the survivors of the Holocaust and subsequent genocides and challenge ourselves to learn important lessons from their experiences in order to create a safer, better future. This year we have an unprecedented number of activities taking place involving people of all ages and from all walks of life, challenging us all to think about what happens after genocide and of our own responsibilities in the wake of such a crime.’

For more information about the event contact Revd Andrew Grace at or Revd Joel Barder at


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.


Our Messages from Tenby

Catch the latest 'Messages from Tenby'

Come and read the latest articles penned by our clergy. Click on the button to take you to the Messages from Tenby page, or use the link in the Menu under the News tab at the top of the page.

Our aim to is to provide more of these in the future, so keep an eye out for the latest articles for some great reading!

Come and Join Our Choir!

The Choir would love some new members! Do you like singing? We would love to hear from you if you do. It's not essential to read music - some of us learn from hearing people around us.

We rehearse on Thursday evenings from 6 - 7 pm. Why not come to a rehearsal or speak to John (843842) or Mark (07476095185) or Judy (843316) about it? We understand that not everyone can commit to all the rehearsals and services, but we would love to see you when you can make it.

Please help us to maintain our wonderful choral tradition in St Mary's Church.

John, Mark and Judy

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St Mary’s Church in Tenby joins Facebook!

Come and join us in the world of Facebook. It is a great way to keep up-to-date with the very latest news and events. Click on the button to visit our St Mary's Church Group on Facebook.

You will need to be a member of Facebook, as you will be asked to login or register as a new user, before being directed to the Facebook page.

Events at St Mary's

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Who's who at St Mary's

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Events at St Mary's

St Mary's 800th Anniversary

See some photos from our special Anniversary events

St Mary's 800th

Archbishop of Canterbury visit

When the Archbishop of Canterbury came to Tenby

Archbishop of Canterbury

Anniversary of Robert Recorde

See some photos of our celebration for life of the man who gave the world the = sign!

Robert Recorde Anniversary

The Benefice Prayer

Almighty God,
we commit to You
the work of this Benefice,
and all who worship and serve You here.
May our five churches work together as one
to proclaim Your Crucified Son
as the Risen Way, the Truth, and the Life,
and may we go forth joyfully
to proclaim His message
and serve You in Your world;
through the same Jesus Christ, our Lord.


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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.

Widor`s Toccatta played by Dr John Harrison

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!

Palm Sunday in St Mary's

Here is a selection of photos taken on Palm Sunday. Our fantastic children from the Sunday Club were accompanied by Alfie the Donkey to commemorate the special day!

Harvest Supper in St Mary's

Our fantastic Soupermen prepared the food for this year's Harvest Supper on Sunday 9th October 2016.

Well done and many thanks to all!

Antiques Roadshow visits Pembroke Castle

The internationally renowned BBC Antiques Roadshow visited Pembroke Castle on 7th September 2016. Find below some pictures of the event.

Trefoil Guild showing 3rd Tenby Brownie's Nature Book from 1952. The Brownie's would go out for nature walks and pick flowers, leaves, feathers and then Brown Owl Miss Kathleen Rees would draw them, and paint to exact colour. The book was entered into a Pembrokeshire Guiding competition and won. The book was presented to Tenby Museum to celebrate 3rd Tenby Brownie's 50th birthday in 1963. Clive Farahar, the books and manuscript expert, was very impressed with book and the artistic work.

Memorial Posy Festival 2016

This year's Festival of Memorial Posies 'In Loving Memory' took place in St. Mary's Church from Thursday 7th July to Sunday 10th July.

This year's event was better than ever. Here are some photographs from the Festival of Memorial Posies 2016.

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St Mary’s Benefice Celebrates with Newly Ordained Curates

At a magnificent service, which took place in St. David’s Cathedral on Saturday, 25th June, our much loved Curate, John, was ordained Priest by the Bishop, the Right Reverend J. Wyn Evans. John’s family, close friends and benefice members were present to witness this very special rite of passage into full Priesthood.

Click on the 'Read More' button to see a more detailed account.

The Queen's 90th Birthday

On Sunday 12th June 2016, St Mary's Church held a garden party to celebrate the Queen's 90th Birthday. Mothers' Union made the excellent cakes. Happy Birthday Your Majesty!

Happy 90th Birthday Doug!

The Rector congratulated Doug Perry on his 90th birthday. Doug amused the congregation with some reminiscences and amazed all present with the news that he had been singing in choirs for over 80 years!

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The Petertide Ordinations 2016

There are some upcoming Ordinations at St David's Cathedral on 25th and 26th June 2016.

To see a full list of the Ordinations over the two days, the information has been compiled for viewing which can be accessed by clicking on the button.

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The Rectorial Benefice of Tenby Annual Report 2016

Keep up-to-date with what has been happening in our Rectorial Benefice of Tenby. This report includes: details of the upcoming Annual Meeting being held on 5th May at 7pm, the minutes from last year's Annual Meeting, and reports from many of our groups and key members.

If you would prefer to see print off or save the Report yourself, CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL VERSION

The unaudited accounts for the Rectorial Benefice of Tenby is also available for viewing via the Documents Archive (You will find the link to this archive below). The document can be found towards the bottom of the page, past all of the newsletters - and has the filename 'Accounts for Year Ending 31 12 15.pdf'

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Handel's Messiah at St Mary's Church - Report

On Saturday 28th November there was a charity performance of Handel’s Messiah at St Mary’s Church Tenby. This special “Come and Sing” event was in aid of Ty Hafan Children’s Hospice.

Click on the button to read the report, plus some other recent news related to St Mary's Church in Tenby.

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St Mary's Church Parish - A Short Account of its Building and History by Gwyn Thomas

Gwyn Thomas’ excellent account of the history of St. Mary’s Church has been reprinted in a new beautifully finished format by The Printman and is now available for purchase.
In A5 format, with 24 pages and new colour photographs throughout by the distinguished local photographer Gareth Davies, it gives a detailed and fascinating account of the history of one of Wales’ most important spiritual and historic sites.
It is selling at only £3 per copy, available in St Mary’s.
To purchase by post please order from the Rector and add £1.50 for p&p, making cheques payable to “St Mary’s Church”.

See Our Pew Leaflets, Past and Present

Documents Archive The Rectorial Benefice of Tenby has an online Pews Leaflet and Document Archive. These weekly newsletters provide an update on everything associated with the Local Caldey Ministry Area.