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:  TBC (Contact: Revd Toby Jones, Tel: 01938 552265,  email:  tobyjonesministry@yahoo.com);

Tel 01938 553164, email:

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 – 17th October

The link for the YouTube service is here:


The link for the 09.30 am Zoom Sunday service is here:


The link for the Friday Morning Prayer service is here:


Bishop’s Pastoral Letter – October

Please see Bishop Gregory’s Pastoral Letter for October:  211015 Banquet at the End of Time.

On-Line Services – 10th October

The link for the YouTube service is here:


Standing Committee Bulletin

Please see the latest Standing Committee bulletin for your information:  Standing Committee Bulletin 19 FINAL.

Invitation – Montgomery Church

You are invited to drop in St Nicholas Church Montgomery on Saturday 16th October 3-6pm, to hear the stories and see the work that has been done to interpret the history of the church building. There will be tea and cake!

This work has been kindly funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Please see Invitation October 2021.

Date for your diary!

Licensing Service at St Mary’s Welshpool on Sunday 7 November at 3.00 pm

The service is a wonderful opportunity for the Mission Area to meet together and celebrate the licensing of our new Mission Area Leader Roy Turner, the new priest for Welshpool Adam Pawley, Geoffrey Spencer who is to be licensed to the Mission Area with pastoral care of the Berriew group and the licensing of Jim Thompson to the Mission Area.

We will be providing refreshments catering for all dietary needs both in church and in church house after the service. These are being prepared in a Covid safe manner.

Masks will need to be worn during the service according to current guidelines.

We are welcoming Bishop Gregory to lead the service, Diane McCarthy Diocesan Secretary, Craig Williams MP, Russell George MS and the Mayor of Welshpool, Alison Davies.

Car parking in the Church House car park will be restricted on the day but there will be plenty of room in the Welshpool town car parks. St Mary’s can seat 400 people and access is easier from the Red Bank side for those who might need to do so.

We are looking forward to seeing as many people from the Mission Area as are able to attend for this special day.

Diocesan Offering

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

Message from Toby about the Virtual Service

I hope everyone is enjoying the virtual service as much as I do editing it each week. The virtual service was already established when I started my curacy, but I believe that it was created as a product of the Coronavirus lockdown last year and has been serving the Mission Area well for the best part of the last 16 months in its current format. However, as we are now starting to see a return to something that we’d call ‘normal’, I’ve been thinking that we are now at a point where we can hopefully start to develop it and do some new things to make the service better suited to where we are now.

As the virtual service is here to serve the Mission Area, I would like to know what your thoughts are, and so, if anyone has any comments, questions, queries, thoughts, ideas, requests, please let me know either in person or by emailing me at: TobyJones@churchinwales.org.uk

Toby Jones

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.