Ministry Area News – Issue 9

Christmas Services

Please see below for full details of our Christmas Services. Across the MA we have a wide range of services so there should be something for everyone and if it’s not on in your church at a time that works for you why not go along to one of our other churches instead?

New Year’s Day

With December being such a busy time clergy are encouraged to take time off after Christmas and we will all do so in late December or January. Partly because of this and partly because attendance tends to be low the Sunday after Christmas, we shall only be having four services on 1st January, one in each of the former parishes. We thought that late morning services would be preferred so there will services of Holy Eucharist at: 10.30 at St Fagans and 11.00 at Pentyrch, Radyr and Tongwynlais (N.B. Ton, not Taffs Well)

There will be no services in our other churches on this day


Belinda our curate has been given the opportunity of a three-month secondment with the Cardiff University chaplaincy team. This will start in January and run until April, when it is intended that she will return to the Garth MA in time for Holy Week & Easter. Belinda has accepted this valuable opportunity to explore chaplaincy work and will lay down her responsibilities within the MA for the period she is at the University. As the MA team is at full strength, we will be able to absorb most of Belinda’s work between us and we wish her
God’s blessing in her time with the chaplaincy department.

Election of our new Bishop

Thanks to all who contributed to the consultation regarding the appointment of our new Bishop. We factored in all the comments received in putting together a MA response which was in turn considered by those who produced the Diocesan Profile (which is designed to inform those who are being considered for the post). This document can be found on the Diocesan website here: Bishop_profile_English.pdf ( or Bishop_Profile_Cymraeg.pdf (

Christmas Tree Festival

Christ Church, Radyr from 19th December until 6th January

The Garth MA Christmas Services

Carol Services

Tuesday 13 Dec 7pm St David’s, Groesfaen

Friday 16 Dec 6pm St John’s, Danescourt

Sunday 18 Dec 9.30am St Ellteyrn’s, Capel Llanilltern

5pm St Michael’s, Tongwynlais

6pm Christ Church, Radyr

6pm St Mary’s, St Fagans

Monday 19th Dec 7pm St Catwg’s, Pentyrch

Thurs 22nd Dec 7pm St Mary & St James, Taffs Well

Sunday School Nativity

Sunday 11th December 9.30am St Michael’s, Tongwynlais

4pm St Mary’s, St Fagans

Christmas Eve

St David’s, Groesfaen 3pm Crib Service

St Michael’s, Ton 4pm Christingle, 10.30pm Holy Communion

St Mary’s, St Fagans 4pm Crib Service, 11.30pm Holy Communion

St Catwg’s, Pentyrch 5pm Crib Service, 11pm Holy Communion

Christ Church Radyr 5pm Crib Service, 11.30pm Holy Communion

St John’s Danescourt 9pm Holy Communion

Christmas Day

9.15am Holy Communion Danescourt.

9.30 am Holy Communion Capel Llanilltern and Groes Faen

10am Holy Communion Taffs Well

10.30am Holy Communion St Fagans

11am Holy Communion Pentyrch and Radyr

N.B. St Fagans & Radyr will be having their Christingle Services on 29th Jan & 5th Februa