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:  Vacant

Tel:  Contact Mission Area Administrator on 07508 023055 or jennypoolma@outlook.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.

3.         Pool North: Guilsfield, Buttington and Pool Quay;

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.        Berriew Group: Berriew and 2 Mission Churches (Fron & Pant y Ffridd)

Incumbent:  Vacant

Tel:  TBC,  email: Contact Mission Area Administrator on 07508 023055 or jennypoolma@outlook.com

Latest Mission Area News

On-Line Service – 25th September

This Sunday’s YouTube service can be viewed now on the Guilsfield Church YouTube channel. This week’s service is a Morning Prayer service from the Lady Chapel at St Aelhaiarn’s, Guilsfield, with a reflection of the parable of the rich man and Lazarus and how that is relevant to our lives today.  Alternatively, the direct link is here:  https://youtu.be/rdfCOfxQMJ4.

Harvest Praise – Sunday 25 September, 6.00 pm at St Nicholas, Montgomery

Please see Montgomery Harvest Service poster 22 for more details.

Coffee Morning at Church House, Welshpool

St Mary’s are holding a coffee morning in Church House, Welshpool at 9:30 am on Saturday 24th September, see Coffee Mornings SEPT 2022. All welcome!

Concert at St Beuno’s Berriew

There will be a concert at St Beuno’s on Saturday 24th September at 7.30 pm featuring Cantorion Gogledd Cymru.  Please see Cantorian Gogledd Cymru Concert for booking details.

Generosity FIKA Thanks

THANK YOU! to all those who attended the FIKA session last Tuesday. We had 15 people present plus Tracey White, and lots of lovely cakes!

Tracey White said :

‘I was really pleased with the turnout.  I am reflecting on how the FIKA could be improved so any feedback would be useful including whether people think a ‘let’s make a plan’ session should be included near the end.’

Eco-Fest 2022

Join the Diocese for Eco-Fest 2022 on Saturday 1 October from 11am – 4pm at St Peter’s Church, Llanbedr near Ruthin.  There will be a programme of events throughout the day and there will be stalls and information tents from various organisations, telling you what they are up to and how you can get involved as an individual, a church or as a community to help combat Climate Change.  Light Refreshments will be available in the Church, with food served over the road at The Griffin pub.  There’s plenty of parking and it’s free for everyone!  See Eco-Fest-poster-1-October or go to: https://dioceseofstasaph.org.uk/eco-fest/.

Don’t throw out your leftover wool!

There is a lady in Forden Church who knits hats, gloves etc for our Mothers’ Union contact in Wrexham.  She is now starting to knit for Premature babies and would be grateful for knitting wool, of any kind, but especially double knitting or four ply.  Wool can be left in the porch of Forden Church or at 6 Heritage Green, Forden.

Diocesan Job Opportunity

The Diocese has asked us to let everyone know about the following job opportunity based at St Asaph. Please share with anyone who may be interested in this.

Due to an internal promotion, we are looking for a well-motivated administration assistant to join our friendly and dedicated team based in our modern offices in the heart of St Asaph.  Your role will be to provide administration support to our officers and assist in the day to day running of the office.

If you are an enthusiastic team player with excellent I.T. skills and the ability to work to varied deadlines quickly and efficiently, we’d like to hear from you!

35hrs per week


Defined contribution pension scheme with 9% employer’s contribution

25 days holiday per year (plus Bank Holidays)

Closing date: Monday 10th October 2022

On-Line Service – 18th September

This Sunday’s YouTube service can be viewed now on the Pool Mission Area YouTube channel: Pool Mission Area – YouTube. This week’s service has a reflection on the stewardship of creation and prayers for our late Queen and for the Royal Family.  Alternatively, the direct link is here:  https://youtu.be/3Y8E9366HyU.

Hymn to celebrate the life and faith of the Queen

Christian singer/songwriter Andy Flannagan with the London Institute of Contemporary Christianity (LICC) has written a hymn to celebrate the life and faith of the Queen.  It is to the Welsh Hymn Tune of Here is Love.  You can watch it here, performed by Katherine Jenkins, https://youtu.be/HNeqtk7EyCs.  Thanks to Rev’d Adam for this link.

Alpha Course in Church House

Rev’d Adam is beginning an Alpha Course in Church House at 7:30pm on Wednesday, 28 September.  Alpha is an opportunity to explore the Christian faith.  We begin with soup and puddings, watch a 25 min film and then discuss what we’ve watched.  You can find out more at www.alpha.org.  If you know someone who may be interested in trying this (there is no expectation to commit further than week 1) then please contact Adam at adampawley@cinw.org.uk or telephone on 01938 554803 / 07875 502861.

Bishop Gregory’s Latest Pastoral Letter

A Pastoral Letter from Bishop Gregory can be read here:  220918 Pastoral Letter The Old Order Changeth.

Safeguarding Training

It is requirement that all clergy, churchwardens, licences readers, vergers, MAC members, MA safeguarding officers and anyone who has a role working with children, young people or adults at risk, complete safeguarding training. The training needs to be renewed every three years. The following dates are currently available:- Module B – Understanding Safeguarding and the Church10 October 10.00-13.00 St David’s Church, Mold Road, Connahs Quay CH5 4QL12 October 13.00-16.00 Christ Church, Ponyblyddyn, Mold CH7 4HG20 October 13.00-16.00 St Mary’s Church, Chirk LL14 5HD27 October 18.00-21.00 Wrexham MA – venue tbc8 November 9.30-12.30 St Mary’s Church, Lenten Pool, Denbigh LL16 3HF10 November 10.00-13.00 St George’s Church, St George’s Road, Rhos on Sea LL28 4HG Module B – Understanding Safeguarding and the Church – online session via Zoom14 November 14.00-17.0016 November 18.00-21.0022 November 10.00-13.0023 November 18.00–21.00 Module E – Safeguarding for PTO’s26 September 10.30-12.30 Diocesan Office, St Asaph, LL17 0RD You must book your training session. When you fill out the form, please add the date and name of the course https://www.churchinwales.org.uk/en/safeguarding/safeguarding-training/.

First Aid Training

The Mission Area is looking at holding a training session specialising in children’s first Aid.  It is advised that people have someone with first aid training at each children’s or youth group event.  Please could you let Jenny know if there are people in your church who need training, so that we can see what sort of numbers we would need to run the training course for.

Message from Ros Crawford (Diocesan Offering Officer)

I write seeking help from the Teulu Asaph in my quest to raise our contribution to the Diocesan Offering for 2022, “South -West Tanganyika”. To date a very small amount has been raised and as you are aware the money is presented at the Diocesan Conference in October. So, time is of great importance.

Bishop Matthew is a very good Bishop; I was very aware of that when I heard his recent lecture in the Cathedral recently, he has done a great deal of work in his Diocese and as our Sister Diocese we can rest assured that any money sent will be used carefully and will be fully documented.  His projects set aside for this money will make a great deal of difference to educating Ministers, providing women and the youth with access to credit funding, and orphans with food. I have followed the connections with South -West Tanganyika and was one of a group who visited them at the start of the Diocesan Adoption of our Sister Diocese, I was very impressed by the love expressed to us at that time and I know they greatly appreciate all we can do for them.

I therefore appeal to you all to contribute to our Fund for this year in order that we can show our faith, hope and love for our brothers and sisters in South-West Tanganyika.  I am very aware that money is extremely tight in all the Mission Areas of the Diocese and that finding that extra amount is difficult.  Please may I appeal to you all to go that extra mile to help and spread the word.

It would be really helpful if all donations could be made to the Diocesan Office by Friday 30th September at the latest.

 Diocese of St Asaph Diocesan Offering page: Diocesan Offering – Diocese St. Asaph (dioceseofstasaph.org.uk)

Diocesan Offering Just Giving page: Diocesan Offering 2022: Farming project in the Diocese of South West Tanganyika – JustGiving

 My blessings to you all.

Church Warden Training

Training for Churchwardens is available at the following link: https://dioceseofstasaph.org.uk/training/

MA Staffing Additions

Please see the announcements from Bishop Gregory of two impending clergy appointments in the Mission Area:  Paulette Gower as Priest-in-Charge for the Pool South churches (ANNOUNCEMENT- Gower, Paulette 2022.08.28) and Helen Dawson as Assistant Curate (ANNOUNCEMENT- Dawson, Helen 2022.08.28).  Helen will be licenced on Sunday 9th October at St Mary’s, Welshpool, and Paulette will be licenced by Bishop Gregory at St Beuno’s, Berriew on 4th December.

Also joining us this week is Jampa King, our new half-time Children’s and Families Worker.  Jampa will be out and about in the Mission Area, contacting schools, attending services is our churches and getting to know people; please do make him and his family feel welcome, if they come to your church or you see him in your community.

Praise and Picnic at Pool Quay

The weather for the Praise and Picnic at Pool Quay last Sunday 28th August was warm and sunny.  We had a great time singing hymns chosen as we went along, enjoying our picnic lunch and sharing fellowship.   A big thanks to Philip for playing his accordion for the singing and to Caroline for leading the Praise service.  It was really well attended and seemed to be enjoyed by all those attending, so thank you to all that came along.

Praise & Picnic 2

Praise & Picnic 1

Llandrinio Coffee Morning

We had a lovely coffee morning in aid of Llandrinio Church Funds, with sale stall and raffle yesterday, Thursday 11th August.  It was really pleasant sitting outside in the warm weather under the shade of an old yew tree for coffee, cake and a chat and to see people of all ages attending.

Llandrinio Coffee Morning August 2022

On-Line Services – Compline

Also, there is a service of compline (night prayer) available on the Pool Mission Area YouTube channel: Pool Mission Area – YouTube  The theme is giving reassurance of Christ’s light to help and protect us in the dark places in our lives.  This service can be accessed at any time, as can all the previous Sunday services.  Alternatively, the direct link to the service is here:  https://youtu.be/B7mGRThBr_w.

Trustee Training

Trustee Training now available on demand.Following the launch of our Trustee Guide to the Mission Area, we now have several videos which lead you through all you need to know about how the Mission Area works.The sessions are between 4 and 10 minutes long and cover

  • What a Trustee does
  • How the Trustee Board operates
  • The work of the sub-committees
  • The work of the Church Committee
  • Managing a Property Project

You can access these videos at a time and place to suit you from Governance – Diocese St. Asaph (dioceseofstasaph.org.uk)

Latest Diocesan Standing Committee Bulletin

Please see the latest Diocesan Standing Committee Bulletin:  Standing Committee Bulletin 22 June 22 FINAL.

This Year’s Diocesan Offering

You can watch the film about this year’s Diocesan Offering at https://dioceseofstasaph.org.uk/diocesan-conference/diocesan-offering/.  You can donate via Justgiving and there are details on the website at https://dioceseofstasaph.org.uk/standing-committee/. https://youtu.be/Uk68ecjT0W0.

Llandyssil Church News

Llandyssil Church ‘Knit and Natter’ group delivered over 100 Teddies to The children’s Accident and Emergency and children’s OutPatients department.

The Llandyssil Walking Group, who meet every third Wednesday, come for a cup of tea or coffee in church, usually about 15 to 30 people.


There is now a section on the Diocesan website called ‘This Works’.  It shares inspiring stories of activities and events going on around the Diocese which may give you ideas for your church.  You can find the information by clicking on this link: https://dioceseofstasaph.org.uk/faith-in-action/this-works/

MA Voices

We are starting a short series of online recordings. This will be called ‘MA Voices’ . We are looking for people who would be willing to be recorded by Rev Tim Hawkins to talk for about 3 or 4 minutes about anything they do for their local church or for the Mission Area. It could be bellringing, singing in the choir, flower arranging or it could be about how they became a Christian. We would love people across the Mission Area to chat about a whole variety of things. If you would like to be involved, please contact Tim by e-mailing him at: timstjhawkins@icloud.com.

Navigating Trauma

The Mission Area is considering training people to run Navigating Trauma groups. Navigating Trauma is a programme for people who’ve experienced suffering and who still feel the effects in their lives, perhaps years later. They haven’t been able to make sense of what’s happened, and it still haunts them. For many there’s a sense of brokenness that they can’t change. The 6-12 week programme aims to help people understand the effects on them of their traumatic experiences, and bring the healing effects of the Christian message in the Bible and prayer into their lives. There is more information about the programme on the website:

Navigating Trauma – Bible Society

If you are interested in helping people who have had difficult experiences, can commit to a 5 day residential training and running at least two groups a year, please contact Helen Hayes on drhelenhayes@gmail.com for further discussion.

Prayers for Ukraine

There is a page on the Church in Wales website with prayers for Ukraine, which you can find at this link:


Prayer for Ukraine

CinW Ukraine Prayer English

A Prayer for Ukraine:

Lord God, King of the Nations,
We beseech you to hear our prayers for peace,
and especially for Ukraine at this time.
May those who work for peace be strengthened by your Spirit.
Turn the hearts of those inclined to violence,
and bring dismay upon all tyrants and warmongers.
Help us and the leaders of the nations to know the ways which will bring peace,
and restore justice,
and deliver those who find themselves on the frontline of war.
Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

MA Meeting dates for 2022

Please see Meeting dates 2022 for Mission Area meeting dates for 2022, for your information.  Your church representatives on the MAC and other Committees should be able to let you know the latest information after these meetings.

Please note that the date of the Mission Area Annual Vestry Meeting has changed.  The AVM is open to everyone on the Electoral Roll in the Mission Area.

Letter from Bishop Gregory

Please see Bishop Gregory’s letter regarding last year’s share:  MA Share 2021 Bishop Gregory 220118.

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.

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.