Merthyr. The beautiful Victorian church of St Martin and St Enfail at Merthyr near Carmarthen is keeping alive a Christian tradition unbroken since the days of saints and martyrs. A Dark Age settlement became the site of a mediaeval, monastic outpost and, for more than 470 years, a thriving parish church. Merthyr is part of the St Davids Diocese of the Church in Wales.

Merthyr has close links with Bridget Bevan née Vaughan (right), the educationalist and philanthropist who in the Eighteenth Century helped make Wales one of the most literate nations in Europe. Most of the services are bilingual.   

Services in April 2018
1st April, Easter Day, 2.30pm Holy Eucharist (Bilingual)
8th April, First Sunday after Easter, 11.15am, Holy Eucharist (Bilingual, sermon in Welsh)
15th April, Second Sunday after Easter, 9.45am Holy Eucharist (Bilingual, sermon in English)
22nd April, Third Sunday after Easter, 2.15pm Evening Prayer
29th April, Fourth Sunday after Easter, 10.30am Holy Eucharist (Bilingual, Joint Service) followed by refreshments.

Merthyr Community Hall
7th April, 2-5pm, Easter Saturday, Merthyr School Reunion! Includes tea party, local history, daffodil display and Easter egg hunt. All welcome.

Tafarn Y Cwm
Friday, 27th April, 8pm Bingo! 

This letter has been received from Carmarthen Foodbank:

12/10/2017, To all at St Martins Church, Merthyr and St Davids Church, Meidrim

On behalf of all at Carmarthen Foodbank, I would like to say a big ‘thank you’ to everyone for donating your Harvest Festival collections to the Foodbank. The food that you have donated to help feed local people in crisis weighed in at a total of 62.16  kg, which equates to approximately 148 meals.

You might be interested to know that the Foodbank started in January 2011 and at the end of the first year had provided 3 days emergency food to 453 people. At the end of year this year, this figure had risen to 2,108 including 606 children.

Every day in the foodbank we are meeting people trying to cope with low, insecure incomes and rising prices that mean even the smallest unexpected expense can leave them destitute and hungry – be that an unexpected bill, bereavement or the loss of income caused by benefit delay.

Research, recently commissioned by The Trussell Trust, found that most households referred to foodbanks had skipped meals and gone without eating, sometimes for days at a time, while over half could not afford heating or toiletries.

Thank you once again for your support. Together we are making a real difference to individuals and families who have nowhere else to turn.  I hope you will continue to support us in the future

Yours sincerely

Judy Pawluk

Carmarthen Foodbank Manager


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