Letter from Fr Rex Matthias (17 March)

Dear Friends,

In line with the latest guidance from the Church in Wales regarding Coronavirus, all public church services are to cease until further notice. Could you please pass this information on to those you know as I do not have everyone’s email addresses.

This is the link to the Church in Wales statement if you would like to read it. https://www.churchinwales.org.uk/en/clergy-and-members/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance/

This will be a very difficult time for all of us. Please pray for all those affected, those who are anxious and those who are alone.

Here is a link to daily prayer for the remainder of Lent, Holy Week and Easter for you to use at home. https://www.churchinwales.org.uk/en/clergy-and-members/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance/prayers/

I will be in touch with you periodically, but if you need anything please do not hesitate to contact me.

Every blessing


Fr Rex Matthias
Canon Precentor
St Asaph Cathedral

Christmas 2019 in the St Asaph Cathedral

Join us on this wonderful occasion, to celebrate the birth of Jesus in the magnificent St Asaph Cathedral.

A time and a place to enjoy, embrace, and be moved by the special Christmas services, inspiring words of prayer, and beautiful Christmas carols.

The Christmas Eve Crib Service is particularly suitable for children and their families; but its happy and joyful atmosphere can certainly be enjoyed by all.

You can be sure of a warm welcome here and we look forward to seeing you at one or all of the events.

Ymunwch â ni ar yr achlysur rhyfeddol hwn, i ddathlu genedigaeth Iesu yn Eglwys Gadeiriol Llanelwy.

Amser a lle i fwynhau y gwasanaethau Nadolig arbennig, geiriau gweddi ysbrydoledig, a charolau Nadolig hyfryd.

Mae’r Gwasanaeth Preseb Noswyl Nadolig yn arbennig o addas ar gyfer plant a’u teuluoedd; ond yn sicr gall pawb fwynhau ei awyrgylch hapus a llawen.

Gallwch fod yn sicr o groeso cynnes yma ac edrychwn ymlaen at eich gweld yn un neu bob un o’r digwyddiadau

The Holiday Club for half-term, 30th October.

Holiday Club is at 10.30am to 12.30pm on Wednesday 30th October.

The parish church is being refurbished and will be closed for approximately another 5 months; however Holiday Club will continue throughout but in the St Asaph Cathedral’s Song School. There will be similar activities; songs, stories; fun, and of course refreshments.

There is plenty of parking space in the Cathedral’s car park (check car-park notices) with easy level access to the song school. Check the diagram below for the song school. There will be signs for the song school from the car park and from the High Street.

We look forward to seeing you all, young and old/er.

Fun Day and St Asaph Cathedral Tower Abseil

This year’s Fun Day and Cathedral Tower Abseil was held at the St Asaph Cathedral on Saturday 03rd August. Representatives from Denbighshire Youth Service; North Wales Police; RNLI; Abbie’s Army and MIND held displays; whilst the many activities included Bouncy Castle; Face Painting; Life Saving Training; Messy Church Science Experiments; a Red Book Mystery event around the Cathedral, and the Abseil down the Cathedral’s Tower.

We were all blessed with fine weather, and such was the enthusiasm of those abseiling that it was necessary to extend the proposed finish time from 4.00pm to 5.30pm. We are grateful to Dave Orange and his team from Open Door Adventure, Bontnewydd, for expertly and safely looking after so many who were courageous enough to firstly scale the 126 tower steps before abseiling from the top of the tower.

Thanks to everyone who helped to make this Fun Day a complete success. The proceeds from the activities will be shared equally between the Tŷ Gobaith Children’s Hospice and for the restructuring of the St Asaph Parish Church to make it available as a centre for community activities as well as continuing to be the parish church.

Here are some images of the activities; but see the ‘Simple Gallery’ on this site for more images of the Fun Day.

The Holiday Club has started again

The Holiday Club has started again. It is here every Wednesday between 10.30am and 12.30pm during the school’s summer holidays.

Come and join in, for Fun, Games, Crafts, Singing and Picnic.

Look under ‘Events’ for last Wednesday’s activities and more images.

Hope to see you soon.

Family Fun Day and Tower Abseil at St Asaph Cathedral 03 August 2019 10.00am – 4.00pm

For Your Diary

On the 03rd August 2019, from 10.00am to 4.00pm there is a Family Fun Day at the St Asaph Cathedral, and by popular demand there will be a Cathedral Tower Abseil

There will be a variety of Stalls; Games; Crafts; Miles and Smiles Face Painting; Bouncy Castle; Children’s Science Experiments; an Exciting Red Book Mystery Challenge; and learn the skills needed to save a life with Lifeline First Aid Training.

That’s right, too good to miss.

As for the Cathedral Tower Abseil; are you brave enough? Are you looking for your next adrenaline fix? If so, put this date in your diary. Registration information and Sponsor Form are available here:

Abseil Registration Form

Abseil Sponsorship Form

Don’t miss out, places are limited!

All necessary abseil equipment and abseiler safety will be provided and overseen by expert staff from Open Door Adventure, Bontnewydd, St Asaph.

The registration fee for the abseil is £20.00 per person, and each participant will be invited to find sponsors as best they can.

Proceeds from this event will be split equally between Tŷ Gobaith Children’s Hospice, and for the restructuring of the St Asaph Parish Church to make it available as a centre for community activities as well as continuing to be the parish church.

A flavour of last year’s abseil.

Messy Church Big Picnic 02 June

Come on all ‘Messy Churchers’, of all ages; this is something you must not miss. Come and have fun at your parish church on the 02nd May. Hope we see you there.

Flower Arranging Classes

There are still a few places available for the remaining 5 Flower Arranging classes on Friday mornings  in St Asaph Parish Church, between 10.00 and 12.00pm. The cost is £10 per class, which goes towards the running and renovation of the church. If interested, contact Marion on 07841 160430 for a list of things that you will need for the next week.
These friendly classes are suitable both for beginners and those with some experience.
Coffee, tea and homemade cake included each week.

Sgwrs Gymraeg

Starting on Monday 11th February at the Parish Church.

Come and join our friendly and informal group to practice or improve your Welsh.