Pool Mission Area

The Pool Mission Area in the Archdeaconry of Montgomery, Diocese of St Asaph of the Anglican Church in Wales consists of 16 churches divided in to 3 groups with one of the 3 stipendiary priests in the Mission Area rooted in each group and having pastoral responsibility for each of the communities and churches within their group:

Archdeacon: Venerable Barry Wilson;Church in Wales Shield
Tel: 01691 839667,                                                                                            email: archdeacon.montgomery@churchinwales.org.uk

The Rectory, Llandrinio SY21 6RW, Tel 01691 838533

1.         Pool South: Montgomery, Forden, Llandysill and Castle Caereinion;

Incumbent:  Rev’d Alexis Smith

Tel:  01686 641992; email:  smith.sparrowssong@gmail.com

2.         Pool Central: Welshpool  and Mission Church Belan;

Incumbent:  Rev’d Adam Pawley

Tel:  01938 554803 (note new number for Welshpool Vicarage);

email:  adampawley@churchinwales.org.uk.

(For Belan:  contact: Rev’d Toby Jones, Tel: 01938 552265,  email:  tobyjonesministry@yahoo.com).

3.         Pool North: Guilsfield, Buttington, Berriew and 2 Mission Churches (Fron & Pant y Ffridd);

Incumbent:  Revd Caroline Rhodes

Tel: 01938 554245, email:  CarolineRhodes@churchinwales.org.uk

4.        Border Bridges: Llandrinio, Criggion, Llandysilio and Penrhos;

Incumbent:  Revd Jim Thompson

Tel:  01691 828438, email:  lowhousefarm@hotmail.com

5.        Pool Quay

Incumbent:  Ven Barry Wilson

Tel:  01691 839667,  email: archdeacon.montgomery@churchinwales.org.uk

Latest Mission Area News

On-Line Services -16th January

This Sunday’s YouTube service can be viewed from 8.00 am on Sunday on the Pool Mission Area YouTube channel: Pool Mission Area – YouTube  This was recorded at St Mary of the Salutation in Welshpool. The form of service is more traditional and reflects on the wedding at Cana.  Alternatively the link is here: https://youtu.be/jMY6MXSTONg

The link for the Friday Morning Prayer 9:00 am Zoom service is here: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86421012037

There is a Zoom service this Sunday at 9.30 am and the link is here: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83318228537

Bishop’s Pastoral Letter – January

Please see Bishop Gregory’s latest pastoral letter:  220113 Switching on the lights.

Message from St Mary’s Welshpool regarding a collection for Toby Jones

Toby has been a greatly appreciated member of the ministry team and we will miss him a great deal. He will be coming to St Mary’s at some point before he moves on to Maelor so we can say ‘goodbye’. If anyone would like to contribute to a gift for Toby, they can send a donation c/o The Vicarage, Church Street, Welshpool, Powys, SY21 7DP. Cheques can be made payable to PCC St Mary’s Welshpool. BACS donations can be made by contacting St Mary’s treasurer Amy Jones (churchhousewelshpool@gmail.com ) who will pass on the relevant bank details.

On-Line Services – 9th January

Message regarding the YouTube Services:

From January to March the YouTube service will be a slightly different form. Rev Imogen and Rev Tim, who are both retired priests in Welshpool, will be visiting each of the churches in the Mission Area and filming a service. The January 2nd service has been filmed at Buttington and the service for January 9th has been filmed at Llandysilio. We are hoping that this may enable people to feel more comfortable visiting a church, particularly those who may not attend in person. Different forms of liturgy will be used, giving people a range of experiences. We would very much welcome any feedback about the services.

Daily Hope

DailyHope, a free national telephone line, offers music, prayers and reflections as well as full worship services from the Church of England at the end of the phone.

A Church of England initiative in partnership with CONNECTIONS at Holy Trinity Claygate, and Faith in Later Life

The line – which is available 24 hours a day on 0800 804 8044 – has been set up particularly with those unable to join online church services during the period of restrictions in mind; to provide comfort and spiritual nourishment to the most isolated in our society.

DailyHope phoneline - 0800 804 8044

A Reflection on Love

Please see this reflection:  A Reflection on Love.

MA YouTube Channel

As you may have noticed, we have a new YouTube channel and content from across the Mission Area is always welcome. So, if you have something you would like to send over and be uploaded, please send it to the new Pool MA Digital email address: poolmadigital@outlook.com.

Standing Committee Bulletin

Please see the latest Standing Committee bulletin for your information:  Standing Committee Bulletin 20 November 2021.

Contact details for Rev’d Adam Pawley


01938 554803 (new number for Welshpool Vicarage).

Diocesan Offering

The Diocesan Offering this year is supporting the DASU (Domestic Abuse Safety Unit) see the  Diocesan Offering letter for details.

MA Strategy

The Mission Area has recently been updating its Strategy which was originally set out 5 years ago (some of you may recall being part of the open meetings when the MA was first proposed, where we started thinking about that). The updated document (Pool MA Strategy – commended by MAC 04.21) was commended by the MA Conference last week and all church members are invited to reflect on it and offer any feedback they have to Jenny – JennyPoolMA@outlook.com

The strategy document along with our Mission Statement which was revised earlier in the year (Mission Statement – revised Jan 21). Church Committees are encouraged to discuss the Strategy document, when they are able to meet again, and to particularly reflect of section 1d, about the key characteristics each church should aim to embody.

Also see another document reflecting on the challenges of Post-Covid rebuilding (Post-Covid Reconstruction). The Shared Ministry Team and MA Exec have both been working on this and again it is commended to you by the MAC.