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: TBC,                                                                                                            email: archdeacon.montgomery@churchinwales.org.uk

The Rectory, Llandrinio SY21 6RW, Tel 01691 838533

1.         Pool South: Montgomery, Forden, Llandysill, Berriew and 2 Mission Churches (Fron & Pant y Ffridd);

Incumbent:  Rev’d Alexis Smith

Tel:  01686 668243/07375 321227; email:  smith.sparrowssong@gmail.com

Non Stipendiary Minister: Revd Esther Yates

2.         Pool Central: Welshpool, Castle Caereinion, Pool Quay and Mission Church Belan;

Incumbent:  Revd Steven Willson;

Tel 01938 553164, email: revswillson@btinternet.com

3.         Pool North: Guilsfield, Llandysilio, Llandrinio, Penrhos, Criggion and Buttington;

Incumbent:  Revd Caroline Rhodes

Tel 01938 554245, email:  revcarolinerhodes@me.com

Forthcoming Mission Area Events:

Pastoral Assistants Meeting

The regular pastoral assistants meeting is now re-scheduled for 30 November from 10:30 am in Llandysilio.  All pastoral assistants are welcome.


There will be a new kind of service on the Third Thursday evening each month at Guilsfield, particularly aimed at people who don’t find that traditional church services help them to encounter the Divine. Breathing Space will allow us time to step back from the busyness of life and spend time reflecting on a theme. The format will be welcome and opening prayer, a short bible reading and introduction to the theme, recorded music will play while we interact with an assortment of “prayer stations” eg lighting a candle, writing or drawing a response (anonymously!) or simply sit and ponder. A priest will be available for prayers and anointing for healing. When we have all returned to our seats we will conclude by saying the Lord’s Prayer together & the priest will bless us. It will probably last about 30-45 minutes.

An Advent Course, Singing the Story, using popular seasonal hymns begins on Monday 2nd December at Guilsfield Vicarage; see the advent course 2019 poster for further details and the subsequent dates for the remainder of the Course.


On Sunday 15th December at 6.00 p.m. a Christmas Celebration Service will be held in Llandrinio Church to which everyone is welcome and on Saturday 18th January 2020 at 7.00 p.m. Llandrinio Church will be holding a Cheese & Wine Quiz Evening in Llandrinio Village Hall. See the Christmas Celebration Poster and Cheese & Wine Evening Poster for further details.


Forden Mothers’ Union are knitting woolly hats ready for the Wrexham Churches’ Scheme to help rough sleepers next winter.  If you have spare wool you don’t need please contact Jessie on 01938 580695 to arrange to donate.

Events at St Mary’s, Welshpool

Welshpool events include a Coffee Morning at Church House in Welshpool on Saturday 14th December and ‘The Christmas Journey’ on Saturday 21st December which will include a procession around the town with a donkey to churches in Welshpool.  See the CHURCH coffee morning DEC 2019 and The Christmas Journey posters for further details.

Every 4th Sunday in the month 4.00 pm Church House, Welshpool – Messy Church

Messy Church is a fun way of doing church for families or any size or shape.

Lots of crafts for all ages, a short worship and a good meal.

Messy Church is free and families are not asked to join anything.

For more information on Messy Church please visit www.messychurch.org.uk.

Mission Area Conference

The next Mission Area Conference will be held on Wednesday 27th November at 7:30pm at Pool Quay.

Mission Area News

The latest Mission Area Newsletter, MA News 16 – 2019-04.

Mission Area Conference Minutes

The minutes of the Mission Area Conference held on Wednesday 11th September 2019 at Pool Quay:  MAC Meeting Minutes 11.09.2019.