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‘Bishop’ comes from the Greek word for ‘overseer’. So a bishop is a senior Christian minister authorised to have oversight for God’s people. As well as duties given to deacons and priests, bishops confirm and ordain.


‘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’).

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.


‘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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Safeguarding Training

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A healthy Christian community is one which ensures and nurtures the wellbeing of all. Safeguarding needs to be embedded in all aspects of the life and ministry of the Church, and safeguarding training and development at the Church in Wales is delivered in this context.

The planning and delivery of safeguarding training is outlined within the strategy and framework.

Safeguarding Training Strategy (PDF)

Safeguarding Training Framework (PDF)

The training you will access will equip you and your church to engage positively with the protection of children, young people and vulnerable adults in a practical and informed manner.

The training is designed and delivered by experienced and skilled trainers, committed to ensuring the Church is safe and welcoming place for all, who understand the statutory requirements of safeguarding children and adults, and how these are carried out in the context of the Church in Wales.

It is a requirement that all clergy, churchwardens, licensed readers, vergers, Ministry Area Council members, Ministry Area safeguarding officers and anyone who has a role which involves working with children, young people and adults at risk complete Module B Understanding safeguarding in the Church. The training needs to be renewed every three years. Module B will take about 2½ hours to complete.

Module C Safeguarding and Leadership is for MA Leaders, Safeguarding Officers, Chairs and Members it will help individuals to enhance their understanding of safeguarding practices and guidance. There will be an opportunity to consider how healthy Church communities should look, whilst focusing on good safeguarding behaviours and their impact. Module C will take about 3 hours to complete.

The online Module A, Safeguarding awareness course must be completed first.

Module A: ​Safeguarding Awareness Course​

The Church in Wales Safeguarding Awareness Course is aimed at all of us within our church communities, and is intended to equip you to help make the church – and keep the church – a safe place. The church should be a community that is welcoming and hospitable to all. We believe that if it isn’t safe, it isn’t Church.

Course Time: 45 mins.

You must book your training session. NEW DATES

Click on the diocese below to see the available training dates. When you fill out the form, please add the date, location and name of the course. You may attend any of the sessions in any of the Dioceses: