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, Castle Caereinion, Berriew, Fron and Pant-y-Ffidd;

Incumbent:  Revd Paulette Gower

Tel:   01686 668706

e-mail:  PauletteGower@churchinwales.org.uk

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

Latest Mission Area News

On-Line Services – w/c 29th January

This Sunday’s YouTube service is available now on the Pool Mission Area YouTube channel: Pool Mission Area – YouTube. This week’s service has a reflection on God’s goodness to us all.  Alternatively, the direct link to the service is:  https://youtu.be/X8r97HbCZjM.

Zoom daily prayers are every week as follows:

Monday 8:00 am Morning Prayer (15-20 minutes)

Monday – Thursday & Saturday 5:00 pm Evening Prayer (15-20 minutes)

Zoom Link:


Meeting ID: 812 5766 5101

Passcode: Prayer

Teddy Francis-John’s You-Tube Channel

You are invited this week to join us this week for our Bible story  Jesus Chooses His Team – YouTube Teddy Francis-John

Family Workshop, Searching for Light – Saturday 4th February

Guilsfield Church will be running their first Science and Faith family workshop on Saturday 4th February in Guilsfield Old School.  Do come along and join in the fun and experiments.  See the Searching for Light Poster.

On-Line Services – w/c 22nd January

This Sunday’s YouTube service is available now on the Pool Mission Area YouTube channel: Pool Mission Area – YouTube.  This week’s service can also be viewed on the Guilsfield Church Youtube channel at: https://youtu.be/Rbil1i8CwZc.  It is a short morning prayer-format service led by the Rev’d Bethan Scotford on the theme of being called to discipleship.

Xplore Science!Xplore goes to Church Flyer

Workshops will be starting in January next year at Montgomery and Guilsfield. They are for families and involve fun experiments linking science and faith.  More details on Science and Faith Flyer 1.  If you would like to know more, please e-mail Jampa King at: JampaKing@cinw.org.uk.

MA Meeting dates for 2023

Please see Meeting Dates 2023 FINAL for Mission Area meeting dates for 2023, for your information; this is an amended version, as there was an error in the previous document which has now been corrected and highlighted in red.  Your church representatives on the MAC and other Committees should be able to let you know the latest information after these meetings.

Safeguarding Courses – Spring 2023
Please see below information on Safeguarding training in St Asaph Diocese for Spring 2023.  There are a wide range of roles listed for which it is required and other roles such as Worship Leaders and Pastoral Assistants for which it may also be needed.  There is a face-face session being held locally at Pool Quay on 6th February, so that would be the ideal opportunity to undertake this.

An update for the Spring 2023 safeguarding training dates. The training dates are live on the Church in Wales website https://www.churchinwales.org.uk/en/clergy-and-members/safeguarding/safeguarding-training/

 It is requirement that all clergy, churchwardens, licenced 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 (local & Zoom dates in Bold):-

 Module B – Understanding Safeguarding and the Church

6 February 13.00-16.00 St John the Evangelist, Pool Quay, SY21 9JU

10 February 10.00-13.00 St Michaels Church Hall, Llandudno Junction, LL31 9NS

9 March 13.00-16.00 Plas Dolerw, Newtown, SY16 2EH

16 March 10.00-13.00 Holy Trinity, Greenfield, CH8 7XX

18 April 13.00-16.00 St Marys Church, Overton, LL13 0DT

 Module B – Understanding Safeguarding and the Church – online session via Zoom

13 February 10.00-13.00

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/clergy-and-members/safeguarding/safeguarding-training/

The safeguarding training is designed to equip attendees to engage positively with the protection of children, young people and adults at risk in a practical and informed manner. It is committed to ensuring that the Church is safe and welcoming for all, and designed to help attendees understand the statutory requirements of safeguarding and how these are carried out in the context of the Church in Wales.

A Prayer for all in Pool Mission Area (with thanks to Rev’d Bethan)

God of grace and truth, we thank you for calling us to be pilgrims together within our parishes and also as members of Pool Mission Area.

In our praying and thinking, talking and deciding may we be inspired by your Spirit to envisage a vision for the future.

Prepare us to use our resources well, to co-operate with our partner churches and to share faith, hope and love with all we can around us, through and with our Saviour and Friend Jesus Christ.


Bishop Gregory’s Pastoral Letter and Christmas Message

Please see Bishop Gregory’s Christmas message/December Pastoral letter:  221219 Christmas message Pastoral Letter ENG

Please consider sharing this letter with those who are without access to a computer, who are alone or under strain so they may be comforted by the Bishop’s words and also share this special message with your family, friends, neighbours and fellow parishioners. 

May Advent continue to bring you light and joy as we prepare to celebrate our Saviour’s birth.

A Gift for Christmas

Many thanks to all who have participated in the Bishop’s Christmas appeal to collect toiletries for those in need.  Some of these boxes have or are being been donated to the local foodbank.

Thanks to all the congregations who participated including Llandysilio, Buttington and Welshpool and to Helen D and Rachel P who have put together over 50 bags of toiletries as part of Welshpool’s effort!

If you know of someone that you think may benefit from one of the gifts which Welshpool have put together, then please do contact one of the MA clergy.

Standing Committee Bulletin

The latest Diocesan Standing Committee Bulletin from their meeting on 29th November can be read here:  Standing Committee Bulletin 24 Nov 22 FINAL.

Prayers in the Cost-of-Living Crisis

The Archbishop of Wales is calling for prayers for those impacted by the cost-of-living crisis. As part of the Food and Fuel campaign, Archbishop Andrew is launching a prayer booklet which includes prayers from each diocese.
The booklet is available to download from the Food and Fuel campaign hub at Cost of Living prayers – The Church in Wales. The Prayers were launched in the Food and Fuel Newsletter. You can sign up to receive these at https://www.churchinwales.org.uk/en/about-us/our-campaigns/food-fuel/.

Cost of living crisis – join the Church in Wales’ campaign

The Church in Wales has launched a campaign to help tackle Wales’ cost of living crisis. Households across the UK are being forced to make a stark choice between food or fuel – a choice no one should have to make. The cost of living crisis is having a detrimental impact on the health, wellbeing and development of children, families and older people in our communities. It is always the poorest and most vulnerable who are hardest hit.  There are a number of different elements to the campaign and you’re encouraged to sign up for the weekly newsletter to find out how to get involved.
In addition, Bishop Gregory and all the Church in Wales bishops are supporting an initiative to accompany this campaign in which we create ‘A gift for Christmas.’ This will be a box full of toiletries only (shower gel, sprays, sanitary products etc). We do not wish to prescribe what each box contains nor how large the box but are simply wishing to commend the idea. Our hope is that every congregation will participate and produce at least 10 boxes. You can find out more here.
You can sign an open letter to the supermarkets asking them to do more to help people who are struggling financially. Click here for more details.

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.


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.

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