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Anglicans form the family of Christians closely related to the Archbishop of Canterbury. Whilst tracing their inheritance back to Christ and the earliest Christians and to the ancient Roman Catholic church, the sixteenth century Reformation was a crucial moment for Anglicanism.


Baptism involves declaring faith in God and being washed with water. It means being cleansed from sin, being united to Jesus Christ, receiving his Holy Spirit and becoming God’s children. Sometimes called ‘Christening’.


‘Eucharist’ comes from the Greek word for ‘thanksgiving’. At the Eucharist the Church remembers Jesus’ last supper where he gave bread and wine to be his body and blood, a sign of his saving love. See also Holy Communion.


‘Evangelion’ means ‘good news’. Evangelism is about sharing the good news of Jesus Christ’s death and resurrection in the hope that others may come to believe in and follow Jesus.

Holy Communion

At Holy Communion blessed bread and wine is shared, by which we receive the body and blood of Jesus Christ. The congregation gives thanks for Jesus’ life, his death and resurrection and his continuing presence. See also Eucharist.


A lectionary is a pattern for Bible readings for the Church year. This means that churches in the Church in Wales are able to use the same readings on any given day.


Liturgy is a set form of words and action used for worship. In the Church in Wales (and many other churches) these forms follow the same pattern from one congregation to another. Most Anglican liturgies look back in some way to the Book of Common Prayer.


Prayer sustains our human relationship with God and may involve words (formal or informal) or be silent. Prayer can involve adoration (‘I love you’), confession (‘sorry’), thanksgiving and supplication (‘please’).


‘Priest’ comes from the Greek word for ‘elder’. Priests in the Church in Wales are those authorised specifically to proclaim forgiveness of sins, preside at the Eucharist and bless God’s people, as well as other responsibilities.

Church in Wales

The Church in Wales believes and proclaims the Good News of Jesus Christ. This is Good News, because it encourages each one of us to realise that God loves us, that he has gone out of his way to meet us in the person of his Son, in whom he accepts us as we are. He asks us to draw on his strength to live life to the full, and to bring healing to the world.

Churches re-opening - Archbishop's message

Churches can re-open for public worship where it is both safe and practical to do so, says the Archbishop of Wales

Churches in Wales can re-open for public worship from Sunday, July 19, as the Welsh Government eases lockdown restrictions.
See re-opening Churches

Reopening Churches following the Coronavirus Restrictions: two liturgies

This liturgy is offered for churches wishing to mark, through a distinctive rite, the reopening of their buildings following the coronavirus restrictions. It is offered as a supplement to the existing liturgy of the Church in Wales and so could be used within the context of a Sunday morning Eucharist as much as Evening Prayer.

Reopening Churches: two liturgies

Resources for a Memorial Service after the time of pandemic

Resources for a Memorial Service after the time of pandemic

An Order for a Memorial Service

Digital Ministry - Live and recorded streams

Live-streaming church services.

The Church in Wales is committed to safeguarding as an integral part of its life, mission and ministry

Visit our safeguarding page
The Church in Wales is part of the Anglican Communion

Visit: www.anglicancommunion.org

Prayer of the week

God of Peace You draw close to us, breathing tranquility into the storms of our fears. In your calming presence may we step forward courageously, knowing that your grace and strength will sustain us in every situation, so may our faith may not be for us alone, but bring peace to others amidst the turbulence of the world. Amen.
Canon Carol Wardman

Collect of the week

Almighty God, who sent your Holy Spirit to be the life and light of your Church: open our hearts to the riches of your grace, that we may bring forth the fruit of the Spirit in love and joy and peace; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.
See this week's lectionary