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 St Mary's

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 St Julian's and St Annes to form The Tenby Group of Churches. 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!

Events at St Mary's

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St Mary's Church - Serving Tenby for over 800 years

The majority of the remaining building dates from the 15th century with some features retained from the 13th century. There is believed to have been a church on the site since Norman times, and Gerald of Wales is counted as the earliest Rector of Tenby.

The 13th Century chancel has a 'wagon' roof and the panelled ceiling has 75 bosses carved in a variety of designs including foliage, grotesques, fishes, a mermaid, and a green man, as well as the figure of Jesus surrounded by the four Apostles. St. Thomas' Chapel was added in the mid-15th Century, and the St. Nicholas Chapel was added c. 1485. The spire is also a 15th-century addition. Inside the church is a 15th-century font and a 15th-century bell, cast with the letters 'Sancta Anna'.

The tower is positioned to one side of the chancel and dates from the late 13th century. The first floor served as a chapel, and still has a stone altar and piscina in place. The church has two fonts, one dating from the 15th century and another late Gothic example from the 19th century.

The church contains several memorials, including the tombs of Thomas and John White, both Mayors of Tenby in the fifteenth century. Thomas White was famous for hiding a young Henry Tudor from King Richard III. There is also a wall tablet in memory of Robert Recorde, an Elizabethan scholar, who introduced the equals sign ( = ) to mathematical calculation.

The church was Grade I listed in 1951, being of exceptional architectural and historical interest. In the churchyard, 20 metres west of the church, are the remains of what is believed to be a late 15th-century choir school or college. The wall includes a pointed arched doorway. These remains are Grade II* listed.

St Mary's Church News

St. Mary’s Church Fete 2022

The St Mary's Church Fete took place on Wednesday 27th July. The event was a huge success and the amount raised was £1166.38!

Lenten Lunch at St. Mary’s Church

Throughout Lent several churches in Tenby offer a frugal meal each Wednesday, at lunch time. The meal consists of homemade soup with bread, followed by tea or coffee. All proceeds from these meals are donated to Christian Aid to further the vital work this charity undertakes.

On 11th March the members of St. Mary’s Mothers’ Union were the hosts for this meal and it was a resounding success, raising in the region of £350 for Christian Aid. The lucky diners were given a choice of six delicious homemade soups from which to choose and the compliments received from happy supporters seem to show that each piping hot bowl of soup was very much enjoyed. The MU ladies, from now on to be known as The Souperwomen (!) would like to sincerely thank all the soup enthusiasts who attended the meal. The next meal provided by St. Mary’s will be on 8th April, when the Soupermen will endeavour to keep up the very high standard of culinary expertise set by the ladies!

St Mary's Annual Reports (Part 1)

Pembrokeshire Foodbank Manager visits St. Mary’s Mothers’ Union

At a recent meeting of St. Mary’s Mothers’ Union the members were delighted to welcome Theri Bailey, The Manager of Pembrokeshire Foodbank, based at their head office at The Liberty Café in Narberth. We have been supporting this local charity on a very regular basis since October 2019 and at each meeting members donate a variety of non perishable food, which is then delivered to the central stores the next day. At present there are four foodbanks held each week, with a fifth due to commence at Fishguard very soon. PATCH also operates eight centres each week, one of which is now in Tenby, each Thursday.

Theri joined us for our MU service and then gave a wonderful presentation, passing on many facts and figures about the great need for foodbanks nationally and locally. She also expressed her gratitude and pleasure in acknowledging the excellent support which St. Mary’s MU members continue to give.

Living in Tenby, with our magnificent scenery, strong community spirit and the benefit of the economy being positively affected by tourism, it would be very easy to assume that there is not a great need for foodbanks in our county. That certainly is not the case and both charities which offer this type of vital backup to vunerable individuals continue to require regular donations from individuals, societies and businesses in the area.

Theri explained how the Fairshare system works each Wednesday morning in Narberth. Pembrokeshire Foodbank is supported by Tesco, Coop, a local dairy and many individual retailers. They willingly deliver items of fresh food, all perfectly edible, which would otherwise end up in landfill. Any individual is welcome to come along to the Liberty Café and take what they need, without having to produce a foodbank voucher. A nutritious hot meal is prepared by volunteers each week, again being free to those who care to call by, using items of fresh produce from the Fairshare goods.

We were more than happy to present a monetary gift to Theri for use within the foodbank system and will be continuing our gifts of produce at our twice monthly meetings.

Theri was warmly thanked for joining us by Betty Gordon, who mentioned how enlightening and informative her presentation had been. We then enjoyed light refreshments before the close of the meeting.

Theri Baily is seen on the far left, along with our leader, Ellen, and members of the MU committee.

Sunday Club donation to PATCH

Members of the congregation and the children from Sunday Club contributed generously to the PATCH toy appeal for Christmas. The children also gave a gift of £50, which they have collected over several weeks. Tracey and Jan, PATCH leaders, were thrilled to accept the beautiful presents, destined for needy families throughout Pembrokeshire.

St. Mary’s Mother's Union - Plant Dewi Baby Bundle

The Plant Dewi Baby Bundle project has been in operation for several years and has resource centres in Pembroke Dock, Milford Haven and Carmarthen. Since its inception St. Mary’s Mothers’ Union has enthusiastically supported the scheme and a very considerable quantity of clothing and equipment has been donated to the Pembroke Dock Hwb. Following a referral from a midwife, health visitor, social worker or through the various Plant Dewi support groups, families or single parents in financial need are able to access many of the essential items required to care for a new baby. As a Christian organisation supporting families around the world, we aim to share God’s love through the encouragement, strengthening and support of marriage and family life. We see the continued backing of this excellent project as a charitable and truly worthwhile activity. We benefit from regular gifts of hand made, soft, wool baby blankets and tiny bonnets, beautifully created in crochet by Anita Ashley from Aberdare. This generous lady, who is currently housebound, formerly worked in paediatric special baby care and maternity units and makes a really valuable contribution to our regular donations.

Pictured with the latest collection of items ready to be delivered are the Plant Dewi coordinator at St. Mary’s, Suzanne Bevan, with MU leader, Ellen Powling and members of the MU committee.

St. Mary’s Bids a Fond Farewell to Reverend Joel

At the 10am service last Sunday the congregation at St. Mary’s Church said their goodbyes to our popular young Curate, Revd Joel Barder, and his three girls. The Barder family have all endeared themselves to worshippers in Tenby and at St. Anne’s in New Hedges during the three years since they arrived, prior to Joel’s ordination.

The service of Holy Eucharist was conducted by Revd Barder and featured hymns which had been chosen for their special personal significance, culminating in the recessional hymn, “And Can It Be”. In his sermon, Joel shared his beliefs concerning journeying forward, based on the experiences of the Disciples on the road to Emmaus, recounted in the Gospel reading by Revd John Morgan, from the book of Luke.

Joel has made an enormous personal contribution to many areas of spiritual and community life within the area. He has been a regular guest at assemblies at Tenby Church in Wales Primary School and has become a great friend to the children and staff there. Revd Barder has enthusiastically delivered several Bible Study courses and worked regularly with the young people in the Youth Group and the Sunday Club. He has been responsible for the excellent Christmas and Easter projects within church, welcoming the children to learn more about our great celebrations through a variety of themed displays and interactive tasks around the church building. The success of the recently established Messy Church scheme has been very much due to Joel’s enthusiasm and contributions. All this time he has been learning to speak Welsh, with help from his wife, Eleri, and eldest daughter, Eliana. Baby Tirzah will soon be chatting happily in Welsh too!

On Sunday the children of Sunday Club happily made presentations of gifts to Joel, along with performing a delightful and unique song, dedicate to him. Our Rector, Canon Andrew Grace, presented the family with a generous gift, collected through a testimonial fund. He spoke with warmth, gratitude and admiration about the very positive curacy which Joel has undertaken, emphasising the wish of all present to keep in touch with the family as they move on in Joel’s ministry. Joel replied with his deep appreciation of the guidance and support which his mentor, the Rector, had unstintingly offered. This time of fellowship took place after the service, enhanced by delicious refreshment served by the ever faithful Soupermen!

Fortunately, the family are not moving far away. The Revd Joel Barder will be licensed as Priest-in-Charge of Carew, Cosheston, Nash and Redberth at 7pm on Monday 29th July in St. Mary’s Church, Carew, by the Rt Reverend Joanna Penberthy, Lord Bishop of St. Davids and The Ven. Paul Mackness, Archdeacon of St. Davids.

A Baroque Journey Concert - 25th May 2019

The Friends would like to say a big thank you to Dr John Harrison and Angela and Marilyn Allen for a wonderful Baroque concert held at St Mary`s Church on Saturday 25th May. We are very grateful for all the hard work put in to insure the concert was a success . The singing was inspiring the organ pieces uplifting and the audience were very appreciative.

The retiring collection raised £157 which will go to towards Friends projects. We would like to express our most grateful thanks for all those who donated.

Soupermen Donation to Scope

On Sunday 6th the Soupermen made a presentation of £1000 to Scope, the MS charity.

Palm Sunday 2019

To commemorate the entry of Jesus into Jerusalem at the beginning of Holy Week, on Palm Sunday in Tenby the congregation of St. Mary's Church walked in joyful procession behind Toby, a beautiful little brown donkey, ridden by David, a member of Sundayfunday Club.

Leaving St. Mary's at the beginning of the Benefice service, the congregation assembled and, led by the Choir, walked around Tenby’s historic streets in a re-enactment of the dramatic events of that first Palm Sunday over two thousand years ago. Palm crosses were distributed and blessed prior to the procession. All those present later returned to St. Mary's in order to complete the Sung Eucharist service. The service was conducted by our Rector, Reverend Canon Andrew Grace, assisted by our curate, Reverend Joel Barder.

Joel has recently been appointed as Vicar of Carew with Cosheston, Nash and Redberth. He and his young family will be leaving us in July and their new home will be the parsonage house in Sageston. Along with Eleri, Eliana and Tirzah, we will all greatly miss Joel and the wonderful contribution to worship and ministry at St. Mary’s , Tenby, which he has made. He will be licensed at St. Mary’s Church, Carew by the Bishop on Monday 29th July.

St. Mary’s Choir delighted the congregation with uplifting and enriching musical guidance throughout the service for the traditional Easter hymns,” All Glory, Laud and Honour”, “There is a Green Hill Far Away” and “Ride on! Ride on in Majesty!”

This commemoration of Jesus' final entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday marked the beginning of the dramatic events which lead us through Holy Week and Good Friday to their culmination in the great festival of Easter Day. There will be the usual Holy Week events throughout the coming days, beginning with the reading of the Four Gospels from 8am on Monday, ending at 7pm with Holy Eucharist. The Three Hours Devotion on Good Friday will be conducted by The Venerable Paul Mackness, Archdeacon of St. Davids. Dates and times of events and services throughout Holy Week and Easter are to be found on this week’s pew leaflet and the church website, along with the notice board outside St. Mary’s. On Saturday Messy Easter will be taking place in Church House between 10am and noon. Children visiting Tenby are assured a warm welcome to join in the fun!

St. Mary’s Mothers’ Union Christmas 2018

At the Christmas meeting of St. Mary’s Mothers’ Union members were very pleased to welcome Tenby Townswomen’s Guild Singers, under the gifted baton of Judy Davies. We celebrated the season of Advent through music and song, poetry and prose, mince pies and tea! The delightfully varied programme had been skilfully planned by Nicole, who was at pains to point out that she had been perfectly tutored through the years by our own literary expert, Joy!

The Townswomen’s Guild Singers gave us two performances of some wonderfully modern and jazzy carols, along with some more traditional yet charming pieces. We were even given the chance to join in when we were taught the refrain to a wonderful carol about all of God’s creatures singing in harmony. The accompanist was our own talented pianist, Margaret.

At the beginning of the meeting we had great cause to celebrate as we congratulated two special ladies on remarkably long membership of Mothers’ Union here in Tenby. Mrs Mair Marquiss first joined in 1958 and Mrs Joy Griffiths in 1968, so sixty and fifty years of membership respectively! Both ladies were presented with beautiful bouquets and cards by another long time MU member, Thelma Waugh.

Tenby MU, supported by Penally MU, will be hosting the MU Festival of Light for the diocese in St. Mary’s Church on Saturday, 12th January 2019, in a service of readings and carols, led by our Rector, Canon Andrew Grace. This promises to be an uplifting and memorable event, enriched by choral contributions from St. Mary’s Choir.

Before the afternoon came to a close delicious seasonal refreshments were served by Anne and her busy elves. We thank them all for their hard work and all members who generously provided mince pies.

We look forward to our first meeting of 2019, on Tuesday, 15th January at 2pm, when we will attend church for Holy Eucharist. With the new year we are all hoping to welcome back our leader, Ellen, and want to wish her in particular, along with all members, their families and the wider St. Mary’s Church family a truly happy and healthy coming year.

Advent Sunday Confirmation Celebration

“God has called you by name and made you His own”. These inspirational words express the sense, truth and significance of Sunday’s Confirmation celebration, held on the first Sunday of Advent Benefice service at St. Mary’s Church. Two adult 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 Bishop was accompanied and assisted by her Chaplain, Reverend Caroline Mansell. The candidates this year were Ian Thomas Wilson Kirkby and Gerald Nicholas Hewitt. 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. At the beginning of the service our Bishop lit the first Advent candle and clarified the relevance of each of the candles.

Bishop Joanna spoke with great passion about the significance of Confirmation and, basing her words on the scripture readings referring to judgment, she shared her belief that it is not to be feared, but to be relished. She expressed her certainty, particularly to the candidates, about the significance and relevance of God’s Holy Spirit being freely given to us all in our individual lives.

The inspiring music for the service was arranged by Director of Music, Dr. John Harrison and Choir Master, Mark Thompson. The entire service was enhanced by favourite Advent hymns and the splendid renditions offered by the choir, particularly the Introit, Arwain fi.

Members of Sunday Club joined the congregation near the end of the service and presented Bishop Joanna with a unique and magnificent mitre, complete with lights and wonderful decorations! She promised to wear it (some of the time!) at the services she will be conducting on Christmas Day!

Following the service a special celebratory cake, made and decorated with her customary creative skill by Lindy Waimwright, was 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.

Charitable Donations from Memorial Posy Festival at St. Mary’s Church

At the Benefice Holy Eucharist last Sunday, 2 nd September, donations were made to the local representatives of three very worthy charities, as a result of the highly successful twentieth Memorial Posy Festival, held over four days earlier in the summer. Kathryn Harries, representing Diabetes UK, Amanda Daniels, Assistant Director of SNAP Cymru and Cindy Jenkins, Leader of Snap Pembrokeshire at Withybush Hospital all attended the service and were presented with generous cheques by three members of the Posy Festival Committee.

Presentations to each charity were made by Mrs Mary Smith, Mrs Judith Williams and Miss Maureen Webb. All three recipients expressed their delight and gratitude at being nominated to be beneficiaries of such substantial gifts and spoke briefly to explain the roles of their various organisations. Rector Andrew Grace then offered prayers for the magnificent work of these charities and for those who benefit from their support. In order to generate these funds over two hundred and fifty yellow and white posies, along with window displays and individual arrangements adorned St. Mary’s Church over four days and we welcomed visitors from far and wide to enjoy the floral spectacle.

Pictured left to right are; Cindy Jenkins, Amanda Daniels, Kathryn Harries,
Mary Smith, Maureen Webb, Barbara Morris (Leader of Posy Festival Committee)
and Rector, Andrew Grace. Judith Williams is missing from the photograph.

St Mary’s Tenby - The Soupermen 10 years on

In 2008, as Harvest Thanksgiving approached, I had the idea to call together a group of men to put on a Harvest Supper at St Mary’s. I advertised for men in the Pew Leaflet, fixed a date for a meeting, and waited. I was delighted that about a dozen enthusiastic men turned up for the meeting, and the ensuing Harvest Supper was a great success, the men feeding nearly 100 guests with a three-course meal.

But once Harvest was over we realised that we had something special here - we had hit on a rich seam of talent and enthusiasm, and there was immediately a sense of belonging. In church life we tend to have more practical happenings for women, but here was a group of men who had found a niche and a role with exciting possibilities and implications.

Archbishop Rowan in 2010 with some of the Soupermen:
Andrew Griffiths, Terry Evans, Bradley Davies, and Denis Chiffi

So the men just couldn’t leave it there. That Harvest Supper was not going to be a one-off. Regular meetings began to be arranged, because of their excellent soup they were named The Soupermen, and there have followed over the years a series of food-based events - banquets, Easter and Christmas dinners, barbecues, film nights (with food!), Alpha course, Lent lunches, etc. And all their proceeds go to local charities.

The Soupermen have grown in numbers and have become an integral part of our church life, with their own strong visionary leaders and social life. Their annual outing this year was to Ireland (almost adding even more complications to the Brexit negotiations!). And they have provided not just wonderful dinners and events but have encouraged and enabled our large congregation to get to know each other and to develop our fellowship and outreach, to such an extent that, for example, the recent Easter Dinner felt like a happy family gathering, and our guests could see that Church is extremely enjoyable!

In 2010 our guest preacher at St Mary’s 800th Anniversary Service was the then Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Revd Rowan Williams. The Soupermen provided refreshments on the church lawn, and that day Archbishop Rowan became an Honorary Souperman! – marking the high-point of his career!

As we celebrate the Soupermen’s 10th anniversary this year, Archbishop Rowan is coming back to celebrate and preach again - this time for the anniversary not of St Mary’s but of the Soupermen. All are most welcome to join us for this Sung Eucharist in St Mary’s at 10 a.m. on 26th August. This service is to be a gathering of all the churches in the Caldey Ministry Area, so St Mary’s looks forward to welcoming that morning the churches of New Hedges, Gumfreston, Penally, St Julian’s, St Florence, and St James’ Manorbier.

All are welcome!

Canon Andrew Grace, Rector of Tenby, Caldey LMA Leader

St Mary's Charitable Giving

Each year the Parochial Church Council of St. Mary’s Church, Tenby, supports a variety of charities, local, national and international. As a Christian community we also continue to remain committed to maintain and enhance the beautiful church buildings within our care.

On Sunday, 27th May, Trinity Sunday, representatives of some of these charities joined the Eucharist congregation and were presented with generous cheques by the Rector, Canon Andrew Grace. The administration of the charitable giving project requires considerable effort and dedication and, with the support of treasurer, David Morgan, this is undertaken each year by Rector’s Warden, Nicole Evans.

Some of the charities in receipt of donations this year, representatives of which are pictured with Rector Andrew are : Tenby Scout and Guide Hall, Friends of the Community, Paul Sartori Foundation, Crohn’s and Colitis UK, The Salvation Army, Unique – a charity dealing with rare chromosome disorders, Pembrokeshire Voluntary Transport, H.O.P.E. Sea Cadets, Air Cadets, Welsh Air Ambulance, Huntington’s Disease Association and The Donkey Sanctuary.

Funds are being presented at a later date to several other very worthy causes, including Malaria No More, Pembrokeshire MIND, Alzheimer’s UK and Tenby Church in Wales Primary School. The church continues to support Christian Aid as well as caravan holidays for needy families. We feel that this is an essential part of our mission, and we are grateful that the revenue from the Rectory car-park enables us to help so many worthwhile causes.

Donations from this year’s Memorial Posy Festival, in its 20 th year, being held between June 28 th and July 1 st , will be made to Diabetes UK and SNAP Cymru.

Black Snow by Malcom Stacey - available now!

Be the first in your street to read it. Be the first in your street to talk about it…

Black Snow by Malcolm Stacey is a very unusual book. Though it’s a horror/ghost/crime blockbuster, it is very much about Tenby. St Mary’s Church is one of its main settings.

Though the novel is chiefly in the present day, that fabulous story of the future Henry VII hiding out in Tenby cellars from the vengeful men-at-arms of the future Richard III is brought to life.

There are also many facts and legends about Tenby and surrounding areas included in the thrilling plot.

Making the novel really unusual is the inclusion of nearly 50 real-life Tenby people, most of whom are named. Though of course their thoughts and actions are purely fictitious.

It’s an intelligent book with no graphic violence. But it is frightening.

A great souvenir of Tenby, but don’t read it at night!

The established author is a member of this church and secretary of Tenby Christian Aid. Profits from sales in this church will go to that worthwhile charity.

If you’d like a copy of Black Snow for £10, you should find the book on sale in St Mary’s.

Alternatively, please email Malcolm at (for profits to go to Christian Aid)

Or order through Amazon (in the normal way), where there is also a Kindle version at £1.99.

Palm Sunday and Barney the Donkey

Here are some pictures from our Palm Sunday procession through Tenby, on Sunday 25th March 2018.

Welcome baby Tirzah!

We are very pleased to hear that Joel and Eleri have given birth to Tirzah, 6 lbs 6 oz, and very pleased too to hear that mother and daughter (and father!) are doing very well. Tirzah was born yesterday at about 5 p.m. Eliana has gone off with Daddy this morning to meet her new sister!

As Tenby Benefice and Friends of St Mary's and friends in the wider Caldey Ministry Area, we congratulate and send our love and best wishes to Eleri, Joel, Eliana and Tirzah at this wonderful and beautiful time for them, and we look forward to seeing them all before too long.

Lunch Out to Feed the World’s Hungry.

There’s a chance for Tenby and surrounding villages to support starving children and their parents on every Wednesday during Lent - and have a delicious snack as well.

A trio of Tenby churches - St John’s, the Salvation Army and St Mary’s - are holding their annual Lent lunches in the six week run up to Easter.

The lunch is a frugal one to highlight Lent’s traditional themes of preparation for Easter and denial. On offer is home-made soup, a roll and a cuppa.

The suggested price is £5. But if you can give more, it will go directly to help starving families everywhere.

Malcolm Stacey, Tenby secretary of Christian Aid, said ‘Our lunches have the twin benefits of dining with old friends and new, while helping all those who are struggling just to live.

‘All money raised will go to a our charity which has a good reputation for sending money directly to those who really need it. Some are enduring famine, others are trying to cope with bombs falling all around them.'

The first lunch, beginning at noon until 2pm, is in Church House at St Mary's on Wednesday February 21, The second and third lunches are at the Salvation Army Hall on Wednesday February 28th and March 7th.

The fourth and fifth lunches are at St John’s Church Hall on March 14th and 21st. And the final lent meal is at St Mary’s Church House on March 28th.

Anyone who hasn’t time to eat, is invited to leave money at the door. Or with the Christian Aid secretary at 9 Crackwell Street. Tenby.

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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