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, Llandysilio and Penrhos ;

Incumbent:  Rev’d Alexis Smith

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

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

Incumbent:  Revd Steven Willson;

Tel 01938 553164, email: revswillson@btinternet.com

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

Incumbent:  Revd Caroline Rhodes

Tel 01938 554245, email:  revcarolinerhodes@me.com

Latest Mission Area News

In-person Services 

Subject to any changes, if local Covid levels increase, our services for the next three Sundays are shown below (* Holy Communion):

Sunday 16th May

09.30 Llandyssil             Gwen Cooper – 01686 668104

09.30 Buttington*          Peter Stedman – 01938 554855

10.00 Forden               Alexis Smith – 01686 641992

10.00 Llandysilio         Carol Davies – 01691 831008

10.30 Pool Quay*        Judy Crowe – 01938 590453

11.00 Welshpool*       Sue Williams – 01938 553286

11.00 Guilsfield*         Caroline Rhodes – 01938 554245

11.15 Llandrinio*        May Hillier – 01691 831484

Sunday 23rd May

09.00 Fron*                   Helen Bennett – 01686 668446

09.30 Buttington          Peter Stedman – 01938 554855

09.30 Castle Caereinion  Viv Lancaster – 01938 850507

10.00 Berriew*              Caroline Rhodes – 01938 554245

10.00 Criggion*             Mary Jones – 01938 570468

10.30 Pool Quay        Judy Crowe – 01938 590453

10.45 Montgomery*  Helen Hayes – 01686 668545

11.00 Welshpool       Sue Williams – 01938 553286

11.00 Guilsfield         Caroline Rhodes – 01938 554245

Sunday 30th May

5th Sunday joint services for each group of churches:

10.00 Berriew*               TBA

10.30 Penrhos                 Jim Thompson – 01686 828438

10.45 Montgomery*     Helen Hayes – 01686 668545

10.45 Welshpool            TBA

11.00 Guilsfield               TBA

You are very welcome to attend a service in any church but please ring the number given to book a place beforehand. It remains important to minimize risk so please continue to follow the guidelines – both in church and outside afterwards. Thank you.

Service Changes

Please note that the service at Penrhos on 16th May is cancelled because of a funeral taking place there the previous day (currently we are still advised not to have services less than 72 hours apart unless a through clean can be completed in between them).

On-Line Services

The YouTube link for this week’s MA service is here: https://youtu.be/BqtDgKlS7rk

It will also be on the Pool Mission Area and Guilsfield Church Facebook pages on Sunday as usual.

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

Meeting ID: 883 8944 9711

To join the service by telephone:

  1. Dial 0203 051 2874
  2. When requested, the meeting ID is 883 8944 9711 followed by #
  3. When asked for your personal ID just enter #

Annual Vestry Meetings

A reminder that the Mission Area’s Annual Vestry meeting will be held on Wed 19th May at 19.30, by Zoom.

Vacancy – MA Safeguarding Officer

Anybody who is on the Electoral Roll of any of our churches is entitled to be nominated for any MA post, all of which are re-elected at the AVM or the next meeting of the MA Conference. We are particularly keen to appoint a MA Safeguarding Officer to help ensure our care for children, young people and vulnerable adults is of the best possible standard. Full details are on the MA Safeguarding Coordinator Role Description. Please give it your consideration.


Rev’d Roger Brown is currently awaiting an operation and Rev’d Roger Bird continues to endure considerable difficulties. Please keep them both in your prayers.

Bishop’s Pastoral Letter – May

Bishop Gregory’s Pastoral Letter for May is here:  210515 The Word of Life (Edmwnd Prys).

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.

Castle Caereinion Church in Wales School

As you may be aware, Castle Caereinion School, one of our church schools, has been proposed for closure by Powys County Council. The consultation period on this proposal is now open and you are invited to consider if you could support the school by writing to the County Council to oppose the closure. Whilst the document from the school (CASTLE SCHOOL CLOSURE CONSULTATION) which is aimed at parents and members of the local community, it does give some background information which may be useful.

Those with no direct link with the school may wish to argue against the Council’s presumption that small schools are not able to provide as good an educational experience. You may also like to be aware that there is a statutory obligation to provide faith-based education to pupils whose church school is closed which is not readily available in the nearest schools (Berriew & Llanfair). Whilst it is available in Welshpool, this would be likely to lead to children from Castle Caereinion being dispersed to several different schools which would negatively impact on community cohesion. Having already lost it’s only shop since the sad passing of shopkeeper, Michael Rogers, the community can ill afford to lose it’s school as well – even less so if the children are scatted to various neighbouring schools.

All responses must be in by 2nd June – contact details are in the attachment.