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 Communion (1984 version)
11am Holy Communion
6pm Parish Evensong
(Except on 2nd Sunday in the month when there is evening Eucharist)
St. Mary Magdalene Service Times
9.30 am Sung 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.
23rd February 2020
Prayer for the week
Lord, who hast taught us that all our doings without charity are nothing worth: send thy Holy Spirit, and pour into our hearts that most excellent gift of charity, the very bond of peace and of all virtues, without which whosoever lives is counted dead before thee; grant this for thine only Son Jesus Christ’s sake.
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.
Ash Wednesday this year is 27th February. We will be holding a Eucharist with Imposition of Ashes at St James at 10 am and St Mary Magdalene at 11 am. Everybody welcome!
Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the season of Lent, the six weeks before the celebration of Easter. During Lent, we focus on repentance and our need to renew and deepen our commitment to following Jesus.
The Ashes of Ash Wednesday are made of the palm crosses used at the previous Easter. The cross reminds us that we are mortal, and that we follow Jesus who was crucified. Re-pentance and fasting have been associated with dust and ashes since biblical times. Coming up to the altar rail during the service to receive ashes will be explained at the time, and is optional.
Ash Wednesday is one of the most popular and important holy days in the liturgical calendar. Ash Wednesday opens Lent, a season of fasting and prayer.
Ashes on forehead Ash Wednesday takes place 46 days before Easter Sunday, and is chiefly observed by traditional churches, although many other Christians observe it too.
Ash Wednesday comes from the ancient Jewish tradition of penance and fasting. The practice includes the wearing of ashes on the head. The ashes symbolize the dust from which God made us. As the priest applies the ashes to a person's forehead, he speaks the words: "Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return."
Alternatively, the priest may speak the words, "Repent and believe in the Gospel." Ashes also symbolize grief, in this case, grief that we have sinned and caused division from God.
Writings from the Second-century Church refer to the wearing of ashes as a sign of penance.
Priests administer ashes during Holy Communion and all are invited to accept the ashes as a visible symbol of penance. Even non-Christians and the excommunicated are welcome to receive the ashes. The ashes are made from blessed palm branches, taken from the previous year's palm Sunday Service.
It is important to remember that Ash Wednesday is a day of penitential prayer and fasting. Some faithful take the rest of the day off work and remain home. It is generally inappro-priate to dine out, to shop, or to go about in public after receiving the ashes. Feasting is highly inappropriate. Small children, the elderly and sick are exempt from this observance.
It is not required that a person wear the ashes for the rest of the day, and they may be washed off after the service. However, many people keep the ashes as a reminder until the evening.
Recently, movements have developed that involve pastors distributing ashes to passers-by in public places.
In some cases, ashes may be delivered by a priest or a family member to those who are sick or shut-in.
Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the Season of Lent. It is a season of penance, reflection, and fasting which prepares us for Christ's Resurrection on Easter Sunday, through which we attain redemption.
Why we receive the ashes Following the example of the Ninevites, who did penance in sackcloth and ashes, our foreheads are marked with ashes to humble our hearts and reminds us that life passes away on Earth. We remember this when we are told
"Remember, Man is dust, and unto dust you shall return."
Ashes are a symbol of penance made sacramental by the blessing of the Church, and they help us develop a spirit of humility and sacrifice.
The distribution of ashes comes from a ceremony of ages past. Christians who had committed grave faults performed public penance. On Ash Wednesday, the Bishop blessed the hair shirts which they were to wear during the forty days of penance, and sprinkled over them ashes made from the palms from the previous year. Then, while the faithful recited the Seven Penitential Psalms, the penitents were turned out of the church because of their sins -- just as Adam, the first man, was turned out of Paradise because of his disobedience. The penitents did not enter the church again until Maundy Thursday after having won reconciliation by the toil of forty days' penance and sacramental absolution. Later, all Chris-tians, whether public or secret penitents, came to receive ashes out of devotion. In earlier times, the distribution of ashes was followed by a penitential procession.
The Ashes The ashes are made from the blessed palms used in the Palm Sunday celebration of the previous year. The ashes are christened with Holy Water and are scented by ex-posure to incense. While the ashes symbolize penance and contrition, they are also a reminder that God is gracious and merciful to those who call on Him with repentant hearts. His Divine mercy is of utmost importance during the season of Lent, and the Church calls on us to seek that mercy during the entire Lenten season with reflection, prayer and penance
23rd February 2020
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 on 01656 741543 or email
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
Parish School Officers
Susan Oates and Karen Evans: 749738
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.