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:  Revd Geoffrey Spencer

Tel:  TBC,  email: gspencer22@btinternet.com

Latest Mission Area News

On-Line Service – 3rd July

This Sunday’s YouTube service can be viewed on the Pool Mission Area YouTube channel: Pool Mission Area – YouTube This week’s service shows filming from around Penhros and has a reflection on sending out disciples.  Alternatively, the link directly to the service is here:  https://youtu.be/6j5L1SMgxXw.

Saints Alive

Please see the Saints Alive flyer for a performance at the Methodist Church in Welshpool.

Standing Committee Bulletin

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

On-Line Service – 26th June

This Sunday’s YouTube service can be viewed now on the Guilsfield Church YouTube channel. This week’s service is from St Aelhaiarn’s and is a Morning Prayer-style service with hymns.  The theme of the service is discipleship.  Alternatively, the link directly to the service is here:  https://youtu.be/Uk68ecjT0W0.

Training and workshops listed in StAR this week:

Training course from Ecclesiastical – your church insurer

Health and Safety
Learn how to carry out a risk assessment for your church in this course led by Ecclesiastical, your church insurers.  This course will be especially useful for Churchwardens, members of the Property Sub-committee and the Trustee Board (MAC Members)
DATE: Tuesday 5th July 7pm – 9:30pm via Zoom
To book a place on this online training session, email cerijones@cinw.org.uk quoting code ‘Health and Safety’.

Routine care and maintenance of places of worship: a guide for volunteers
Free workshops run by the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB)

  • Tuesday 2 August, 9.30am – 4pm. St Tysilio, Llanymynech, Llandysilio, SY22 6QZ
  • Wednesday 3 August, 9.30am – 4pm.  St Mary, Caerhun, Conwy, LL32 8TB

This event is aimed at those directly involved in the maintenance of church buildings in a voluntary capacity such as PCC members, Fabric Officers or members of Fabric Committees. DAC Secretaries and Officers are also welcome.  The talks will be in a combination of Welsh and English.  Bookings for both events is now open:

** If you would like to subscribe to StAR (St Asaph Roundup) or see this week’s and previous editions then you can do so by clicking this link:  https://dioceseofstasaph.org.uk/st-asaph-round-up-newsletter/   **

Bishop Gregory’s Pastoral Letter for June

The latest Pastoral Letter from Bishop Gregory can be found at:  220619 The Assurance of Things Hoped For.

Message from Ann Williams (Church and Community Dementia Worker / Gweithiwr Dementia Eglwys a Chymuned, Diocese of St Asaph / Esgobaeth Llanelwy

Thank you to everyone who came along to the Everything Dementia event at the cathedral. It was lovely to meet so many people, but it also highlighted that we still have a lot to do to make our churches and communities more dementia friendly.

I have organised two Dementia Friends Information Sessions, one face-to-face at the Diocesan Office on Wednesday June 22nd at 1:30pm, and one on Zoom on Wednesday July 13th at 10:30am. Please email me on annwilliams@cinw.org.uk to reserve a place. Sessions last about an hour. Please contact me too if you have any enquiries about possible alternative arrangements for Dementia Friends sessions. I’ll look forward to hearing from you.

A reminder too that there is lots of information about Dementia Friendly Church on the diocesan website. Look under “Faith in Action” and click on the Dementia button.


Llandyssil Church News

Last week 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.