St Mary's Church TenbySt Mary’s Church Tenby leads the Rectorial Benefice of Tenby - a team of five churches who strive to serve our local people and also the many thousands who visit us each year. We belong to the Diocese of St Davids in the Church in Wales and we hope people of all backgrounds and traditions will find a warm welcome here.St Mary's Church, High Street, Tenby, SA70 8APSt Mary's Church Map
Welcome to the website for St Mary’s Church in Tenby! St Mary’s Church Tenby leads the Rectorial Benefice of Tenby - a team of five churches who strive to serve our local people and also the many thousands who visit us each year. We belong to the Diocese of St Davids in the Church in Wales and we hope people of all backgrounds and traditions will find a warm welcome here.
We recently joined up with the churches of Manorbier and St Florence to form the Caldey Local Ministry Area. We try to provide a variety of services in styles to suit different tastes, from the formal and traditional through to more modern and youth-orientated worship – always acknowledging our Anglican heritage. We have a strong commitment to children and young people, to pastoral care, to lay ministry and to our strong musical tradition.
Above all we believe that Church life should be enjoyable and exciting, that the Church is a great celebration of God’s love, a celebration into which everyone is invited through Christ’s death and resurrection. Come and join us!
St Mary’s, St Julian’s, New Hedges, Gumfreston, Penally
Bible Study Group starting Monday 15th May at 2pm ,Church House
We recently completed the Bible Course, which introduced us to the importance of studying the Bible as part of our Christian walk. The group decided they would like to study the Book of Romans. Written by the Apostle Paul, Romans is one of the most significant books outside the gospels as it introduces the reader in great detail what it means to be a Christian, why the Gospel is important, what it means, and how it should impact our lives.
We will be starting our studies together on the book of Romans on Monday 15th May 2017 at 2:00pm (and it will continue weekly) in Church House and all are welcome. Please do come and invite friends/partners/family members. It promises to be wonderfully inspiring and uplifting. Each person will be given a study guide which has space in it for notes and the study guide will help us delve into the book with confidence and joy. If you would like any more information please contact Joel or Andrew - their email addresses are in the Who's who section of the website.
Come and read the latest articles penned by our clergy. Click on the button to take you to the Messages from Tenby page, or use the link in the Menu under the News tab at the top of the page.
Our aim to is to provide more of these in the future, so keep an eye out for the latest articles for some great reading!
Come and Join Our Choir!
The Choir would love some new members! Do you like singing? We would love to hear from you if you do. It's not essential to read music - some of us learn from hearing people around us.
We rehearse on Thursday evenings from 6 - 7 pm. Why not come to a rehearsal or speak to John (843842) or Mark (07476095185) or Judy (843316) about it? We understand that not everyone can commit to all the rehearsals and services, but we would love to see you when you can make it.
Please help us to maintain our wonderful choral tradition in St Mary's Church.
we commit to You
the work of this Benefice,
and all who worship and serve You here.
May our five churches work together as one
to proclaim Your Crucified Son
as the Risen Way, the Truth, and the Life,
and may we go forth joyfully
to proclaim His message
and serve You in Your world;
through the same Jesus Christ, our Lord.
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St. Mary’s MU Support Plant Dewi Baby Bundle Project
At a recent meeting of St. Mary’s Mothers’ Union Samantha Duggan, the area representative of Plant Dewi, was warmly welcomed by all of our members. Sam is the brains behind the excellent Baby Bundle scheme, a project to support vulnerable families within the diocese of St. Davids. After a first class presentation concerning the work of Plant Dewi, Samantha was delighted to accept the tremendous quantity of clothes and equipment which had been collected in order to support this essential scheme. Our leader, Ellen, along with the committee members, would like to sincerely thank members of MU, parishioners at St. Mary’s and friends in the wider community for their generosity and kindness shown in providing so many items for new babies whose families need a helping hand at a very expensive time.
Samantha Duggan is seen at the centre of the group of MU members, displaying some of the beautiful clothing donated.
The New Bishop of St David's visits St Mary's
Sunday 3rd September a special day at St Mary`s Church Tenby. The first visit of Bishop Joanna, Bishop of St Davids many visitors joined our church family for our Patronal festival and to celebrate the work of The Friends of St Mary`s. During the service representatives of Dementia UK and Tenby Talking books accepted cheques for £1800 each towards the wonderful work they do. This money was from donations given during our Posy Festival held earlier in the summer.
Widor`s Toccatta played by Dr John Harrison
Joel Barder's Ordination
Here are some photographs to celebrate Joel Barder's ordination at the Cathedral, and his first Holy Eucharist in St Mary's Church on 25th June 2017. We all wish you many congratulations Joel!
Palm Sunday in St Mary's
Here is a selection of photos taken on Palm Sunday. Our fantastic children from the Sunday Club were accompanied by Alfie the Donkey to commemorate the special day!
Harvest Supper in St Mary's
Our fantastic Soupermen prepared the food for this year's Harvest Supper on Sunday 9th October 2016.
Well done and many thanks to all!
Antiques Roadshow visits Pembroke Castle
The internationally renowned BBC Antiques Roadshow visited Pembroke Castle on 7th September 2016. Find below some pictures of the event.
Trefoil Guild showing 3rd Tenby Brownie's Nature Book from 1952. The Brownie's would go out for nature walks and pick flowers, leaves, feathers and then Brown Owl Miss Kathleen Rees would draw them, and paint to exact colour. The book was entered into a Pembrokeshire Guiding competition and won. The book was presented to Tenby Museum to celebrate 3rd Tenby Brownie's 50th birthday in
1963. Clive Farahar, the books and manuscript expert, was very impressed with book and the artistic work.
Memorial Posy Festival 2016
This year's Festival of Memorial Posies 'In Loving Memory' took place in St. Mary's Church from Thursday 7th July to Sunday 10th July.
This year's event was better than ever. Here are some photographs from the Festival of Memorial Posies 2016.
St Mary’s Benefice Celebrates with Newly Ordained Curates
At a magnificent service, which took place in St. David’s Cathedral on Saturday, 25th June, our much loved Curate, John, was ordained Priest by the Bishop, the Right Reverend J. Wyn Evans. John’s family, close friends and benefice members were present to witness this very special rite of passage into full Priesthood.
Click on the 'Read More' button to see a more detailed account.
The Queen's 90th Birthday
On Sunday 12th June 2016, St Mary's Church held a garden party to celebrate the Queen's 90th Birthday. Mothers' Union made the excellent cakes. Happy Birthday Your Majesty!
Happy 90th Birthday Doug!
The Rector congratulated Doug Perry on his 90th birthday. Doug amused the congregation with some reminiscences and amazed all present with the news that he had been singing in choirs for over 80 years!
The Rectorial Benefice of Tenby Annual Report 2016
Keep up-to-date with what has been happening in our Rectorial Benefice of Tenby. This report includes: details of the upcoming Annual Meeting being held on 5th May at 7pm, the minutes from last year's Annual Meeting, and reports from many of our groups and key members.
The unaudited accounts for the Rectorial Benefice of Tenby is also available for viewing via the Documents Archive (You will find the link to this archive below). The document can be found towards the bottom of the page, past all of the newsletters - and has the filename 'Accounts for Year Ending 31 12 15.pdf'
St Mary's Church Parish - A Short Account of its Building and History by Gwyn Thomas
Gwyn Thomas’ excellent account of the history of St. Mary’s Church has been reprinted in a new beautifully finished format by The Printman and is now available for purchase. In A5 format, with 24 pages and new colour photographs throughout by the distinguished local photographer Gareth Davies, it gives a detailed and fascinating account of the history of one of Wales’ most important spiritual and historic sites. It is selling at only £3 per copy, available in St Mary’s. To purchase by post please order from the Rector and add £1.50 for p&p, making cheques payable to “St Mary’s Church”.
See Our Pew Leaflets, Past and Present
The Rectorial Benefice of Tenby has an online Pews Leaflet and Document Archive. These weekly newsletters provide an update on everything associated with the Local Caldey Ministry Area.
The A478 will take your through Pentlepoir, New Hedges and then down the hill into Tenby. Once arrived in Tenby, follow signposts to the nearest car park. St Mary's Church is located in the very centre of Tenby town centre.
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