Welcome

 

Welcome, and thank you for visiting The Parish of Pyle and Kenfig. 

The Parish consists of two churches, St James in Pyle and St Mary Magdalene in Kenfig. There is also a Parish Hall in Pyle. The Parish serves the communities of Pyle, North and South Cornelly, Mawdlam and Kenfig.

Please feel free to read more about our church on this site, or come in for a visit. 

St. James
Service Times

 

Sunday     

8am        No Service

11am      Holy Communion

6pm        No Service

 

Wednesday 

10am      Holy Communion

 

(Except on 2nd Sunday in the month when there is evening Eucharist)

St. Mary Magdalene Service Times

 

Sunday     

9.30 am     Holy Communion

 

Wednesday 

11am          Holy Communion

 

If anyone wants to see the Vicar they should attend the 11 am service at Pyle on a Sunday, when they can talk to Rev Duncan Walker immediately afterwards.

Our Mission

The Parish of Pyle and Kenfig is passionate about sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ with our community. This is something the two churches have been doing for more than a thousand years. We believe that the love of God in His Son Jesus Christ is crucial for us and the community in which we live. Please join us as we make our daily journey with Jesus. 

17th January 2021

Epiphany 2

 

Heavenly Father, in the midst of a troubled world, you are light and life.

Send us your healing for those who are ill, your strength for those who are suffering, your compassion for those who grieve, and your courage for those who work for the healing and service of others.

Bless our nation of Wales with the life-giving spirit of your love,

and grant us your mercy.  Amen.

A prayer for those affected by coronavirus 

Love never fails

Even in the darkest moments, love gives hope. 

Love compels us to fight against coronavirus alongside our sisters and brothers living in poverty.

Love compels us to stand together in prayer with our neighbours near and far.

Love compels us to give and act as one. 

Now, it is clear that our futures are bound together more tightly than ever before. 

As we pray in our individual homes – around the nation and around the world – we are united as one family.

So, let us pause and find a moment of peace, as we lift up our hearts together in prayer.

Amen

Weekly message from the Vicar

Epiphany 2 - 17th January 2021
Area Ministry

At the Diocesan Conference on Saturday 26th of October it was announced that on 31st of December 2021, at the very latest, the Parish of Pyle and Kenfig will cease to be an independent parish. It will be put into the larger area ministry of Porthcawl, Margam, Pyle with Kenfig and Kenfig Hill. 

A meeting to discuss Area Ministry took place last Thursday. It was skilfully and caringly led by Pam. In a meeting lasting longer than an hour at St James’ and many of the issues of Area Ministries were discussed. 

It was generally thought that Area Ministry would be a wonderful opportunity to make churches stronger, full of young people and awash with shared gifts. It is an exciting time to which the group looks forward with great expectation. 

What Is Advent?

"The celebration of Advent is possible only to those who are troubled in soul, who know themselves to be poor and imperfect, and who look forward to something greater to come." ~ Dietrich Bonhoeffer 

"God of hope, I look to you with an open heart and yearning spirit. During this Advent season, I will keep alert and awake, listening for your word and keeping to your precepts. My hope is in you." 

History & Meaning 

For many Christians unfamiliar with the liturgical year, there may be some confusion surrounding the meaning of the Advent season. Some people may know that the Advent season focuses on expectation and think that it serves as an anticipation of Christ’s birth in the season leading up to Christmas. This is part of the story, but there’s more to Advent. 

The word “Advent” is derived from the Latin word adventus, meaning “coming,” which is a translation of the Greek word parousia. Scholars believe that during the 4th and 5th centuries in Spain and Gaul, Advent was a season of preparation for the baptism of new Christians at the January feast of Epiphany, the celebration of God’s incarnation represented by the visit of the Magi to the baby Jesus (Matthew 2:1), his baptism in the Jordan River by John the Baptist (John 1:29), and his first miracle at Cana (John 2:1). During this season of preparation, Christians would spend 40 days in penance, prayer, and fasting to prepare for this celebration; originally, there was little connection be-tween Advent and Christmas. 

By the 6th century, however, Roman Christians had tied Advent to the coming of Christ. But the “coming” they had in mind was not Christ’s first coming in the manger in Bethlehem, but his second coming in the clouds as the judge of the world. It was not until the Middle Ages that the Advent season was explicitly linked to Christ’s first coming at Christmas. 

2020 Vision

Bishop June plans for next year to be a special time of pilgrimage and exploration. We have special journeys planned to the Cathedral and to the Gower. It is all part of the plan to tell the special and joyous story of Jesus. To be aware of this ourselves and to share it with our communities.

Newsletter

17th January 2021

Christmas Eve Services

Services will be held at 4pm and 5pm at St James Pyle, and at 6pm and 7pm at St Mary Magdalene Mawdlam. Due to social distancing you must ring 07766 710376 to book a place at any one of the services.

Christmas Cookery & Craft Sale

Following the success of the Harvest Sale, the Social Sub Committee has decided to hold a Christmas Sale. Please ring Vanessa on 742438 or Jan on 723635 for more details.

Diocesan Conference

At the Diocesan Conference on Saturday 26th of October it was announced that on 31st of December 2021, at the very latest, the Parish of Pyle and Kenfig will cease to be an independent parish. It will be put into the larger area ministry of Porthcawl, Margam, Pyle with Kenfig and Kenfig Hill. More details will follow. 

Mothers Union

After advice from Mary Sumner House and the Diocese, all Mothers Union Events in the Parish are suspended. 

Gift Aid

This is a way of increasing your giving by 25% without it costing you a penny. If you pay tax, then have a word with one of the Wardens. It is a simple matter of signing a form, and then when you put in your collection envelope, the Government adds 25% without it costing you anything. 

Motor Neurone Group

As you know John and Sue Roberts have raised thousands of pounds to fight this disease and give support to those who are suffering from it. They are now selling royal mail stamps, to raise some funds. So please support them. 

Lay Ministry Group

I am very grateful to those who feel called to be part of the ministry in the parish. Many people tell me how much they appreciate their input. Thank you for your support and prayers. I feel that all they do is such a blessing.

Parish Pastoral Officer 

If you would like a parish visit, or Home Communion, Heather would like you to talk to you about this.  Please contact Heather Vann by phoning 01656 741543.

Parish School Officers 

Susan Oates and Karen Evans: 749738

Parish Safeguarding Officer

If you have any worries about the well being of the Vulnerable, of whatever age, please speak to Dave Xerri on 01656 748548 or email dave@xerri.wales

Parish Food Bank

There are baskets at both churches, in the porch. We are trying to make a difference in the lives of parishioners who cannot even manage to buy the basics for themselves and their families.

We have been collecting food for several years, so that you know that if ever you feel you can help then there is always a basket for you to deposit your food in.

Together we can make a difference. 

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