“The Friends”, launched at the Memorial Flower Festival in 2011, is an organisation that aims to draw together individuals, corporate groups and parishes from across the world who wish to support and belong to the mission and ministry of St Mary’s Church.
Jesus said, I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you. - John 15.15
Aims of The Friends
At St Mary’s we are conscious that we have a wide and extended family far beyond our local worshipping congregation. The residents of Tenby in general have a high regard for St Mary’s as an ancient historic site of great importance, and we receive many visitors from all over Wales and the UK – indeed, from all over the world. Tenby and Pembrokeshire in general attract many visitors on an annual basis, and in particular our magnificent church building, dating back at least 800 years – the largest ancient parish church in Wales – is a focal point for many visitors who return to us year after year, and we want all these – locals and visitors alike - to feel that they belong to our church community and are a part of our mission and witness here.
We hear time and again visitors telling us how a visit to St Mary’s has changed their lives, how they have found God’s peace in St Mary’s speaking to them in a profound way. We are most anxious to acknowledge these spiritual experiences and draw them into the offering to God that is St Mary’s Church.
Why be a Friend?
We want you to feel a part of our church family. We have daily services, and perhaps at times of concern or of celebration in your life you may wish to let us know so that you may be included in our prayers and intercessions. You may also have suggestions and advice for us in our mission. Many parish churches have a “Friends” organisation to help them with the financing of projects, and although this would also be a facet of our Friends, our main concern is to keep in touch with, and minister to, and include in our church life, those we consider to be our large extended family.
Benefits of being a Friend
All Friends will be invited to attend an annual Friends Festival, which may include a service, a dinner, a historical tour, a concert, &c.
An Annual Report will be produced with details of the work of the Friends and the life of St Mary’s during the past year.
Friends may also wish to receive the weekly Pew Leaflet by Email.
Who can be a Friend
The Revd Canon Andrew Grace,
St Mary’s Rectory, Church Park, Tenby, Pembrokeshire. SA70 7EE . or email to AndrewGrace1919@gmail.com