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.
1st August 2021
GRANT to us, Lord, we beseech thee, the spirit to think and do always such things as be rightful; that we, who cannot do any thing that is good without thee, may by thee be enabled to live according to thy will; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
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.
PATRONAL FESTIVAL AT ST JAMES
1st August 2021
Who was St James?
James, son of Zebedee, disciple of Jesus Christ and later canonised as St James the Greater, is the patron saint of both Spain and Galicia. Saint James is known in Spanish as Santiago and he’s also the patron saint of Guatemala, Nicaragua and of fishermen.
According to the New Testament, James, son of Zebedee was a fisherman in the Sea of Galilee in the time of Jesus Christ. He felt the calling of God to follow Jesus as his disciple and became one of the twelve apostles. His faith was true and he never doubted the Lord, having witnessed various miracles including Jesus’s appearance on the shores of Lake Tiberius, and His resurrection.
The story tells that James came to Spain to preach and spread the message of Jesus after His death. In Roman times, Spain and Portugal were known by the name Hispania, and it’s thought that James arrived on the Peninsula either by boat via the Strait of Gibraltar or via modern day Tarragona.
The Spanish equivalent of the name ‘James’ is Santiago, and so there he was known by that name. He is believed to have started preaching in the northern Spanish region of Galicia, and for that reason he is hailed there as the patron saint of Galicia, as well as the whole of Spain in general.
Later, in the year 40 AD, the Virgin Mary appeared to each of the Apostles of Christ in turn to warn them of her impending death. James took the perilous journey back to Jerusalem to pay his respects but was captured and executed by beheading for heresy by King Herod Agrippa I in the year 44 AD. Although he died in Jerusalem, his remains were brought back to his beloved Galicia and a church erected above them. This was the beginnings of the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela and the body of St. James is said to be buried there to this day.
Santiago's life was linked to the Iberian Peninsula and according to tradition his body was brought to Galicia. For this reason, the city of Santiago de Compostela in Galicia, Spain has become the ending point of the pilgrimage route the Camino de Santiago, or St. James’s Way.
During the first years of the Reconquista (a period in the history of Spain that spans from 711 to 1492 when the Christian kingdoms of the north fought to recover the southern territories from Muslim hands), some peasants sounded the alarm and swore that after seeing a light in the sky they were guid-ed to the tomb of the apostle. King Alfonso of Asturias ordered a church to be built over the cemetery (compositum), the origin of the future Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. This is the beginning of Camino de Santiago (The Way of St. James), which created a network that connected the small Christian kingdoms of northern Spain with the Carolingian Empire, ensuring a constant flow of logistical support to the poor Christian resistance soldiers.
Little by little, the Camino gained importance, with neighbourhoods and even entire villages called ‘burgos’ springing up along its length to cater for the foreigners who had come attracted by the idea of the trail. This hike along the St. James’s Way is now undertaken by thousands of people from all over the world every year, and there are various different routes you can take, either starting in Portugal and working upwards or starting from France and heading along the northern Spanish coast.
Santiago had already gained importance among Christian people, but it would not be until the Battle of Clavijo (in La Rioja) in the middle of the 9th century in which, according to tradition, the Christians of the Kingdom of Asturias, cornered in a castle, saw how the apostle appeared to them on horseback and helped them to win the battle in a heroic exit from the fortress. In this charge the Christians used for the first time the cry "Santiago y cierra España", a motto that would be used from that point on by the Spanish armies.
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.
Parish School Officers
Susan Oates and Karen Evans: 749738
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.
After advice from Mary Sumner House and the Diocese, all Mothers Union Events in the Parish are suspended.
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.
You are not alone....
Annual Vestry Meeting
Our Annual Vestry Meeting took place last Sunday on the 27th of June, 2021. Everyone stressed their thanks for those who have worked so hard to support the parish last year, 2020.
PCC members, were elected, as well as the Wardens:
At the PCC afterwards Sarah Gardener was appointed Parish Treasurer. We thank them for their commitment.
The decisions of the Vestry Meeting will remain in place until the last day of December 2021. From the first of January 2022 Area Ministry will come into operation. By this we will be grouped with three other parishes. More details will emerge
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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.