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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’.


Confirmation is about ‘confirming’ the faith in God we declared at baptism. It also involves being strengthened by God’s Holy Spirit. In the Church in Wales it is administered by the bishop.


‘Diocese’ refers to the geographical territory in which a bishop exercises oversight. The Church in Wales is divided into six dioceses each with its own cathedral in which is housed the cathedra (the bishop’s ‘chair’ or ‘throne’).


The Christian Church is divided due to different interpretations of the faith and different religious practices. The ecumenical movement promotes dialogue and understanding between Christians and works for visible unity.


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.


‘Theology’ means literally ‘words about God’. Christian theology involves our trying to understand and explain what God has revealed about himself through Scripture. This work is aided by the writings of past and present theologians and human reason.

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26,000 children and young people across Wales attend a Church in Wales school.

There are 152 primary and secondary schools across the Principality, and the six Anglican dioceses support high standards of teaching and learning in our schools.

As a provider of statutory education, we work alongside local authorities in partnership with the Welsh Government. This enables us to support the careers of over 5,000 teachers and support staff, and nurture school leaders for the future. We also have strong ecumenical links, working in partnership with other faith communities through Cytûn, and with the Catholic Church which is also a statutory provider of school places in Wales.

A sign of our partnership with local communities can be seen in the work of school governors. We are responsible for appointing foundation governors, who are a bridge between schools and the local community.

There are Church in Wales schools in most unitary authority areas, offering diversity to the people of Wales who have always been pioneers in the field of education. Our schools are inclusive by nature, serving children and young people in a range of communities. They also form a natural point of community focus, whether in the inner city or in rural villages.

Our schools are committed to celebrating the rich heritage of faith, language and culture of our land, offering the very best education to the children of Wales in a safe and secure Christian context.

St Padarn's

St Padarn’s is a bold, innovative, move by the Church in Wales to reformulate formation and training across the whole of Wales.

The Church in Wales is committed to its 2020 vision to live out God’s transforming mission of love for Wales, within the strengths of the Anglican tradition, responsive to the needs to contemporary society.

To do that it needs mission-orientated formation and training for the whole people of God. So it has created the St Padarn’s Institute to be at the heart of all formation and training for the Church – for congregation members growing in their discipleship, for those being locally commissioned for service, for those preparing for new licensed ministries such as Pioneers, Pastors and Youth and Children’s Workers, for those preparing for ordination, and for the continuing development of all its ministers. It is also to give new impetus to research and reflection on Welsh theology and mission, as well as being part of the wider theological thinking and learning of the church across denominational and national boundaries.

St Padarn’s is not a place, or a college in a traditional sense. It is a community of formation for mission, working in partnership with bishops, diocese and local church communities. All that it does is rooted in deepening spirituality as we allow God to form us into people of faith, hope and courage, sustained and inspired in prayer.

Find out more, pray for us, join us.