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.
17th January 2021
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.
Weekly message from the Vicar
Epiphany 2 - 17th January 2021
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.
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.
17th January 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.
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
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.