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Bishop celebrates diversity at the National Eisteddfod

Wales’ first woman bishop will preach at the opening service of the National Eisteddfod this weekend as it celebrates diversity.

Bishop Joanna Penberthy, who was elected Bishop of St Davids last year, will give the address at the service which will be broadcast live on Welsh television (S4C) and radio on Sunday morning (Radio Cymru).

Bishop Joanna at her consecration service

The theme of the service is Citizens of the World and Bishop Joanna will focus on the importance of being an open and welcoming nation.

The service begins at 10am at the Pavilion.

Later in the week, the Bishop of Bangor, Andy John, will be welcoming visitors to the Maes at the Cytûn – Churches Together – tent. He will be leading the daily act of worship on Wednesday at 11am.

This year the National Eisteddfod takes place on the western side of the Isle of Anglesey, just off the main A55 road on the edge of the village of Bodedern, which is in Bangor Diocese.

People from around Wales will be coming to take part in the competitions, ceremonies as well as to relax, socialise and enjoy the main Welsh-language event of the year, which is considered one of the largest cultural festivals in Europe.

A week of worship, music, discussions about faith issues and mission activities, such as ‘Open the Book’ presentations, will take place in the Cytûn tent, run by people from most Christian denominations. Everyone is welcome to join in or stay for refreshments.

Bishop Andy John

Looking forward to the week, Bishop Andy said, “For the first time since I became the Bishop of Bangor the ‘Prifŵyl’ is coming to the Diocese, and there is no better time for the Eisteddfod to be coming to Anglesey.

“The church on Anglesey has really come together as the Anglesey Synod to grasp the new ways of working in our Diocese and to discover what ministry and mission as nine Ministry Areas on the island really entails.

“We’ve also been working alongside Cyngor Ynys Môn as a partner in two new church school projects, in Holyhead and Newborough, and we are really looking forward to the opening of the first new school in Holyhead next month.

“So there is much to celebrate and give thanks for. Anglesey is an exciting place to be in our Diocese.”

As part of its ministry of welcome, the Diocese will be launching and giving out its very own fidget spinner after the worship on Wednesday morning. The spinner has three arms, one for each part of the Trinity – Father, Son and Holy Spirit – as well as the Diocese of Bangor’s motto – Worshipping God, Growing the Church, Loving the World. As the three arms spin, they become one Church.