Llanyblodwel

St Michael the Archangel, Llanyblodwel

On this page:
History and Welcome
Services
Facilities at the Church
Dates for your Diary
People to help you
Parish Magazine

History
St. Michael’s Church, Llanyblodwel, stands on a holy site which many believe goes back some 1700 years.  Today’s church building was erected after the arrival of the Normans and records at the Diocese of St. Asaph noted its existence in 1160.  The Church survived the turbulent centuries of border warfare between the Welsh and English.

The building was extended during the medieval period.  The last major works were carried out in the 19th century under the guidance of Rev’d. Parker, when he added a new tower which housed 8 bells in the spire.  He proved to be a capable, versatile and multi-talented custodian of the Church and proceeded to design and execute the internal decoration producing both carving and hand painting to a very accomplished standard.  In his decoration he used sentences of scripture.

In 2014 experienced and qualified conservators successfully undertook extensive works to clean, conserve and restore the interior decoration.

Welcome

We look forward to welcoming you to our church. St. Michael’s is in an idyllic rural setting in the village of Llanyblodwel and is open daily for visitors to admire the unique interior and enjoy a peaceful place for spiritual enlightenment and contemplation.  We welcome enquiries for weddings, baptisms, funerals and any other matters that may be of concern.

Services

We hold varied themed services throughout the Christian calendar.

Whilst we are without a Rector, our service pattern will be different from the usual monthly pattern. Details for the next few weeks are below.

Sunday 9th Jun 11am Morning Worship
Sunday 16th June 9am Holy Communion
Sunday 23rd Jun 11am Morning Worship
Sunday 30th Jun 3pm Benefice Service at
St Agatha’s Llanymynech
Sunday 7th July 11am Morning Worship
Sunday 14th July 11am Morning Worship
Sunday 21st July 11am Holy Communion
Sunday 28th July 11am Morning Worship

The normal monthly pattern, when we have our own Rector, is:

1st Sunday of the month 11am   Morning Prayer service
2nd Sunday 11am   Holy Communion service.
(Times may vary according to the availability of a priest)
3rd Sunday 11am   Morning Prayer service
4th Sunday 11am   Morning prayer service
5th Sunday of the month The four Churches of the Border Benefice join together for one service alternating the Churches

 

Facilities

The Church is open daily between 9am and 5pm in Summer and 10am and 4pm in Winter.  You are welcome to visit to view the historic interior or to pray and meditate.  Please sign our visitor book which you will find in the area of the font.

There is a car park to the side of the Church; disabled parking is in front of the lychgate; extra parking is available for larger groups when required.

The Church has 8 cantilever bells, a Church Organ and an Electric Piano/Organ.

Dates for your Diary

We run a comprehensive Events Programme centred on the Church and around the village.  Our 2024/5 programme includes:

Date Event Venu Remarks
Fri 5th Jul
Swifts and Us – the bird that Sleeps in the Sky
St Michael’s 8pm Speaker: Sarah Gibson

For more information click here.

Sat 27th Jul St Michael’s Sponsored Walk Llanyblodwel Two routes starting and finishing at the church
Fri 2nd Aug
Grit Toil and Minerals –  the History of Tanat Valley’s Mines and Quarries
St Michael’s 8pm Speaker: Ian Cross
Fri 6th Sep St Michael’s Local History or Cuisine
Sat 14th Sep Ride + Stride 2024 St Michael’s and elsewhere Event organised by Shropshire Historic Churches Trust
Fri 27th Sep Harvest Supper Institute
Sat 7th Dec Christmas Fair Institute
Fri 28th Feb Quiz Night Institute
Mar/Apr Magic Mystery Institute Possible magic show with supper
May/Jun Gardens Trail Llanyblodwel In conjunction with Shropshire Historic Churches Trust

Café Blodwell is our Community café which is held within the Church building, serving morning coffee and delicious homemade cake. A social hub to catch-up with friends and make new ones. Open on the 1st Wednesday of the month at 10am until 12 noon.

We welcome volunteers to help with forthcoming events, let us together make our church and community grow.

People to know and who can help you:

Rector
In Vacancy
Churchwardens
Roger Taylor 01691 839929 roger@blodwell.com
Alec Gordon 01691 828896 alecgordon@btinternet.com

Parish Magazine

Click  here. to download the July and August 2024 Parish Magazine.