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.
8am No Service
11am Holy Communion
6pm No Service
10am Holy Communion
(Except on 2nd Sunday in the month when there is evening Eucharist)
St. Mary Magdalene Service Times
9.30 am Holy Communion
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.
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.
4th April 2021
Lord of all life and power, who through the mighty resurrection of your Son overcame the old order of sin and death to make all things new in him:
grant that we, being dead to sin and alive to you in Jesus Christ, may reign with him in glory;
to whom with you and the Holy Spirit be praise and honour, glory and might, now and in all eternity.
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.
In the same way that Jesus worked in a team, Ministry Areas are a return to a more collaborative way of working to enable God’s people to work together effectively and creatively for church growth. By creating Ministry Areas we establish a stronger Christian presence in our communities that will enable us collectively to do more, today and into the future.
MINISTRY AREAS ARE LARGE PARISHES LED BY A TEAM OF CLERGY AND LAY PEOPLE WHO DRAW ON EACH OTHER’S STRENGTHS TO IN-CREASE THE IMPACT OF THE MESSAGE OF JESUS.
Ministry Areas are the next and most important part of delivering our strategic vision Where Faith Matters. Our joyful story is one where together we respond to God’s call to grow the Kingdom of God. To-ether we have more resources - people, finances, wisdom, buildings, to successfully build our capacity for doing good and seek new opportunities for spreading God’s Word by ministry and evangelism.
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
Weekly message from the Vicar
Easter Sunday 4th April 2021
Passiontide and Veiling of Images
This is a time when you might notice veiled crosses and images in church. Many parishes don’t follow this tradition, so this is a good opportunity to discuss and research a little about the veil-ing of statues.
Tradition of the Hunger Cloth.
Covering crosses, statues and images or, veiling, with unadorned violet opaque cloths begins on the Saturday before the 5th Sunday of Lent. It is an older custom of the Church that remains an option even to this day. The exact era it began no one is uncertain, but the origins seem to come from a medieval tradition of the “hunger cloth” which was a huge violet cloth hung in front of the altar to keep the congregation from viewing the altar.
Originally Lent was a time when those perceived as public sinners were “banished” from the church, and had to do a public display of penance. Over time the understanding that everyone is a sinner prevailed and sinners were no longer restricted from the liturgy in church, but the hunger cloth gave all attending a fast of the eyes.
The actual covering of images came later, perhaps continuing that theme of “fasting of the eyes.”
At the end of the thirteenth century Bishop William Durandus, of Mende (Southern France) explains this custom by the fact that Christ veiled his divinity during his passion. Durandus, saw this explanation as implied in the Transfiguration gospel, and in John chapter 8. The concluding sentence of which red: “But Jesus hid himself and left the temple” (John 8:59). Therefore, the veiling of crosses was intended “to remind us of the Redeemer’s humiliation and thus to imprint the image of the crucified Christ more deeply on our hearts.”
In other cultures, the covering of images is seen more like shrouding, as in a death shroud.
The custom of veiling crosses and images in these last two weeks of Lent has much to commend it in terms of religious psychology, because it helps us to concentrate on the great essentials of Christ’s work of Redemption.
How To Veil.
The cloths, are to be plain fabric, preferably light material, with no decoration. Before the Eucharistic service or Evening Prayer of the Fifth Sunday of Lent, all statues and images except the Stations of the Cross and stained-glass windows are veiled. After the Good Friday ceremonies all crosses are unveiled.
For two weeks each year at the end of February and start of March, thousands of individuals, companies and groups across the UK come together to share the stories of the people who grow our food and drinks. mine our gold and who grow the cotton in our clothes, people who are often exploited and underpaid.
In 2021, Fairtrade Fortnight will feel very different. 2020 has been a hard year for every-one and we know that physically campaigning and meeting people will continue to be challenging in 2021 but we have also heard from so many of you that you want to continue to sup-port Fairtrade through this time.
The COVID-19 pandemic has shown us more than ever how interconnected we are globally. This interconnection is at the very heart of the Fairtrade message and is where your role be-gins. You are part of the Fairtrade movement and you have the power to drive long-term change, not only with your shopping choices but with your support in spreading the message. We just have to do this a little differently in 2021!
Covid has dominated our lives for nine months and it seems that there are months to go before we get to ‘normality’. People feel anxious for themselves and for others. The NHS is overwhelmed, and almost seventy thousand people have died. Many more people have been marked by the virus and will have to struggle for a long time.
This means that it is normal to feel worried and upset. Millions of British people are really struggling at the moment. If you would like a chat don’t hesitate to get in touch. Also remember the role of the Samaritans who are there to support those who for one reason or another feel they cannot cope.
YOU ARE NOT ALONE. HELP IS AVAILABLE.
You are not alone....
4th April 2021
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.