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Advent means ‘coming’ and is the special four-week period leading up to Christmas. It is a time to prepare for the celebration of Jesus’s birth but also for his coming in glory at the end of time.


‘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’).


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A torch-bearer is someone who shines a light into their communities. We’re spotlighting some of our torchbearers – people who have gone that extra mile this year to carry God’s light into the world.

Christina Jenkins

Plant Dewi

Helping vulnerable families during the pandemic has been a challenge for staff and volunteers of Plant Dewi children’s project. It called for a creative response from the whole team, says family support manager, Christina Jenkins.

Elen Skyrme

Tir Dewi

Five years ago, a helpline called Tir Dewi was set up for farmers in West Wales and this year has seen it expand rapidly to offer support to rural communities in Powys and North Wales. Project manager, Elen Skyrme, says there is a huge need for the service.

Trish Tazzini-Lloyd

Muddy Church

Trish was inspired to change Messy Church to Muddy Church – a COVID-safe way of continuing activities with children outdoors

Aimee Powell

CARE project

From delivering food parcels and prescriptions to keeping in contact with people over the phone, many parishioners acted quickly to put their faith into practical action when the COVID national lockdown began in March. One church responded by setting up an emergency project called CARE.

Barbara Jones

Crafty Angel

Creativeness is a huge part of Barbara Jones’ relationship with God. In response to this and as part of her discernment journey she started a craft group in Gwersyllt near Wrexham with a difference.

Joseff Griffith

Eco-Church champion

Caring for God’s creation is central to Joe Griffith’s faith as a young Christian.

As a member of the St Asaph Youth Forum he has been promoting ‘eco-churches’ and in the summer made a film for the diocese to highlight why we need to be good stewards of God’s earth.

Canon Robert Townsend

Lifeboat volunteer

A news report one cold Monday evening about a missing person at sea led a concerned new vicar in the nearby coastal town to the RNLI lifeboat station to offer his prayers for the rescue.

While the crew were grateful for his prayerful support, however, they also needed more practical help and persuaded the vicar to join them as a member of their volunteer crew.

June Cadogan

Foodbank volunteer

June Cadogan is one of the team of about 34 dedicated volunteers who run the Bangor Cathedral Foodbank.

Based at the Diocesan Centre, Tŷ Deiniol, in the Cathedral Close, the Foodbank was set up in 2011 and very quickly became an essential service in the city. Demand today is as great as ever as months of the Covid pandemic take their toll on people’s livelihoods and mental health.

James Bessant Davies

Volunteer videographer

With the closure of all churches for the first lockdown in March, people wasted no time in finding alternative ways to minister to their communities. Spurred on by the challenge to provide services for Easter, they seized the opportunity to go digital and very quickly there was an explosion of services, both streamed online on Facebook or recorded and broadcast on YouTube.

Suzanne Baker

Faith in Families

Between job losses, school closures and isolation, lockdown has been a difficult and anxious times for families, particularly for those who were already struggling. So the work of Faith in Families, an initiative from the Diocese of Swansea and Brecon to support families, has been more important than ever.

Amanda Dore

Volunteer church steward

When churches were allowed to reopen for private prayer in July after being closed for five months many faced a significant practical problem. In order to re-open, they needed volunteers to welcome visitors and ensure their safety while they were in the building. But with average congregations becoming increasing elderly, many volunteers were shielding and unable to help out.

Volunteer, Serve, Participate

All of us can be torch-bearers. We can carry the light through volunteering, serving and participating. To find out what you can do for your local community, complete the volunteer form with your details and we will put you in touch with someone who can guide you.

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