Parish News Summary

Previous Parish News articles can be viewed from the archive below.

Many Parish announcements about current events can also be seen in our Events Calendar or the Weekly Notice sheet.

Christmas Services

Since this item was written it has been necessary to change a number of service times following the increased Coronavirus alert level in Wales.  For the latest service schedule, please look at the Parish Home Page.

Christmas is the time when we all get together with friends and families to celebrate the birth of Jesus. Over the years, the Parish has established a regular pattern of popular services, all well attended.  However, and ever so sadly, this year must be different.  The Good News is that we will be holding all our usual services.  The Less Good News is that Covid-19 restrictions mean that we cannot plan for large numbers in our churches and communal singing is still not allowed.  As a result, we will be holding some of our services on line (Via Zoom) and some in church.  Do come and join us in worship, which we plan to be fun (for the children) and joyous for all.

CHRISTMAS TREE FESTIVAL. We regret that the planned viewing of the Christmas Trees in Christ Church on Saturday, 12th December has had to be cancelled due to changed Welsh Government Coronovirus guidelines.  However, you will be able to see the trees at all services from Sunday, 13th December.  Do join us.

CHRISTINGLE SERVICE  Sunday, 13th December 5pm ON ZOOM 

Children, do join prepared with an orange, a piece of red ribbon or tape, a small candle, four cocktail sticks, a handful of soft sweets/dried fruit (or, if you prefer, raisins or grapes)

COMMUNITY CHRISTMAS CAROLS  Friday, 18th December at 6pm ON ZOOM  

A service of readings, poems and Christmas Carols

A SERVICE OF READINGS AND CHRISTMAS MUSIC  Saturday 19th December at 6pm AND Sunday, 20th December at 6pm in Christ Church, Radyr

THE CHRISTMAS STORY (This replaces the popular Crib Service)  24th December, Christmas Eve 4pm ON ZOOM

Children do join dressed up as characters from the nativity: angels, shepherds, wise men, etc!


The First Eucharist of Christmas 9pm St John’s, Danescourt

Midnight Mass 11.30pm Christ Church, Radyr


8am and 11am Christ Church, Radyr

9.15am St John’s, Danescourt

Remembrance Sunday 2020

This year’s act of commemoration will be slightly different. As we are not able to all gather at the War Memorial near Christ Church, arrangements have been made with the R&M Association to broadcast the ceremony via YouTube.  Follow this link – – to watch it live on Sunday, 8th November 2020 from 10:45am. We expect the short ceremony to start at 10.50am and last approximately 20 minutes.

Rev’d Vicki Burrows (for the Parish of Radyr) and Rev’d Judith Holliman (for Radyr Methodist Church) will lead the Act of Commemoration before the bell tolls from Christ Church. This will be followed by the laying of the first community wreaths.  A copy of the service can be viewed and downloaded from this link.

To maintain the social distancing rules, please do NOT attempt to come to the War Memorial for this event. Please pay your respects by joining in from home. A small number of groups from across the village will be laying their individual wreaths at times later in the day to minimise contact at the war memorial. Individuals or family groups are also invited to visit the memorial at another time.

To show that Radyr & Morganstown is together in remembering the fallen, even though we are dispersed, the Association are asking everyone either to take a photo of their visit to the war memorial (particularly when laying a wreath) or to make their own poppy (draw, colour or collage) and share a picture of this with so that they can build a collage on the Community Website and share our acts of remembrance at this difficult time.

There will be no follow-on service in Christ Church this year as the church is closed as part of the Wales lockdown.  However, there will be a Parish Eucharist service (with a Remembrance Sunday flavour) conducted on Zoom starting at 09:30amAll are welcome to join us in this service.  Details, including the log-on for Zoom, can be found in the Parish Newsletter.


On Wednesday, 11th November, the Parish will be holding its delayed Vestry Meeting on Zoom, starting at 7:00pm.  In normal times, Vestry Meetings need to be completed by the end of April and it was hoped that the still current Coronavirus restrictions would have been lifted by now.  As it is, we have no option but to hold the meeting via Zoom.

The agenda for the meeting can be found on this link, which includes the log-on details for the Zoom session.  Please contact the PCC Secretary if you would like to put your name forward to be on the PCC and you will be sent the necessary form.  And do contact Vicki (029 2084 2417 or if you have any questions.

Gareth Rayner-Williams

On Wednesday, 16th September, Reverend Gareth Rayner-Williams was Licened as Assistant Priest in the North-West Ministry Area.  Gareth has provided the following introduction:

Hi everybody.  I’m really looking forward to getting to know you over the coming weeks..

Just a very brief introduction to say that I am from North Wales originally, from a little village called Llysfaen on the coast.  I came to faith in my teenage years and began attending church, on my own, from about the age of 12. After school I headed off to university to study economics politics and theology and followed this with a postgraduate degree In Political theology at Hull University. I trained for the ordained ministry at Westcott House Cambridge and, after curacies in North Wales, came south to work at the University of South Wales. I’ve also worked at the theological college in Llandaff and was for a short time vicar of Roath. I then retrained as a secondary school teacher of religious education and was Head of RE at Hawthorn High School in Pontypridd and then Assistant Head at The Bishop of Llandaff High School where I might well have taught your sons and daughters. Currently, I work at Saint Teilo’s High School as the community priest and a member of SLT.

I’m married to Darren who works for Apple as a Business and People consultant for London and the South East.  We live in Llandaff with our three year old Dachshund, Gideon. We have three adult sons: James who is a counsellor, Benjamin who is an assistant manager of a pub in Cardiff and Samuel who is doing his Masters degree in music at Kings College London.

If you were to ask me what I thought the church was all about, I’d say it was about loving each other into holiness and kindness and helping to make the world a more just place for others.

Thank you for your kind welcome and I look forward to all that lies ahead for us in the coming years.

(Gareth can be contacted at

Online Gardens

Welcome to The Parish of Radyr Online Open Gardens. Please help us raise funds for Christ Church, Radyr and St John’s, Danescourt

The Radyr & Morganstown May Festival normally has a lovely Open Gardens event which shows off some lovely gardens and also raises money for Charity. We hope that that event, organised by Gill Evans, is able to be run later in the year. However, in the meantime, Vicki asked us to take pictures of our gardens and interesting features so that we can enjoy seeing them digitally whilst we are socially distanced from each other.

Since the closure of our churches we have seen a significant loss of income both from the hiring of our halls and from collections received at regular church services as well as baptisms, weddings and funerals. Whilst our income has fallen (especially at Easter) the costs of caring for our historic buildings and serving the wider community remains.

During the summer we usually hold a parish fete and this helps us to give to local schools and charities. Please consider making a donation to The Parish of Radyr to enable us to continue our work both now and when our churches open.

If you are able to help us by giving to Radyr Parish funds please click on the

GoFundMe link

which will take you to a donation page. Every donation made will make a difference.

Do have a browse through these pictures.  And, if you would like to add to them, please send further contributions to

Holy Week evening prayer

Portrait of Vicki Burrows

This week is Holy Week and we would normally be having a service each day around the Ministry Area. In place of that, join Rev’d Vicki as she posts a series of videos of evening prayer for Holy Week. Monday’s episode is below.

The full series can be seen on her new YouTube channel:



Coronavirus update – 24/03/2020

Following the announcement on 23/03/2020 by the Prime Minister all churches are now closed to slow the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID19)

There will be no weddings or baptisms in church until further notice.

Funerals will be conducted at the graveside or in crematoriums, but only in line with the Prime Minister’s Statement.

To assist those who wish to help you deepen your faith and remain part of the wider church community at this time the Church in Wales is building a set of resources for those staying at home.

Our prayers and care for the parish continue

Pastoral newsletter

Portrait of Vicki Burrows

It has been the most extraordinary week. Many of us are confined to our own accommodation, church services have ceased and panic buying at some shops has made some essentials difficult to get hold of. The only good news is that, at the time of writing, it has stopped raining and the sun is shining.

Those on the Parish electoral role should have already received this by e-mail. If you haven’t please contact to be added to the distribution list.

Helping those in need near you

Representatives of the Parish have been working with members of the R&M Community Council, the RMA and other interested parties to discuss our community response to the Coronavirus crisis.

Clearly, there is a limit to what a Community Council can do, but we all want to do what we can.

As a first step, we decided to publish postcards to help those people who are able to offer to look after their neighbours if they’re self-isolating.

The Community Council are arranging to print our Radyr and Morganstown postcards as quickly as they can – and will keep you updated on the supply and distribution through and local Social Media channels. The first small batch were ready last night (18 March 2020) and so some should now be in circulation.

We will let you know where you can pick up a supply of our cards, to distribute to your neighbours. We want to keep this very local – so we will encourage people to take no more than around 20 cards – and post them to people who live nearby. In this way, those who are self-isolating can be confident that they will be dealing with people they can trust.

A short while later, we will set up a system to enable those who haven’t received a card to let us know. We can then try to find volunteers in your area. At this point we are hoping that those who are able within our Parish community will assist further by enlarging the areas they are prepared to support.

In the meantime, the postcard is as shown below (click on it to enlarge).

If you want to crack on with this, you can visit the Community Council website to download the card, which you can print out.  The card includes instructions for use.   Bilingual and Welsh versions are avaiable on the Community Council Website.

Community Help Postcard

A prayerful presence

An extract from the letter:

Although there will be no gatherings for public worship or other activities, it is important that we remain a visible presence in our communities. I would therefore like to encourage you to commit to the following.

  • Wherever possible, remain open for private prayer. Many churches already provide resources for prayer such as candles and prayer cards. It is likely that many in our communities will find our churches a place of comfort in these unsettling times.
  • We appreciate that many of our volunteers are older and we would therefore encourage you to seek out younger volunteers, perhaps by

engaging with local community groups. In many parts of the diocese ‘Covid Mutual Aid’ networks are springing up on social media.

Read the full letter online:

UPDATED – Churchwardens Statement on Coronavirus

Update 17 March 2020

In accordance with the latest guidance from the Bench of Bishops in Wales, all church services and gatherings for public worship are no longer taking place. This includes our regular Sunday services and weekday services.

We are awaiting further information from the government, which will help us all to measure and reflect upon the gravity and potential duration of this cessation. However, given the information we have available to us at present, the ceasing of public worship and gathering is the prudent course of action.

The full guidance can be seen at –

To assist those who wish to help you deepen your faith and remain part of the wider church community at this time the Church in Wales is building a growing set of resources for those staying at home including an address from Bishop June bringing compassion and hope in uncertain times.

Statement from 14 March 2020

In recent days,  we  have all viewed the  escalating coronavirus outbreak with growing alarm .We  have read our Governments advice about washing our hands and being sensible if we are unwell as we enter the delay phase of  our country’s response.

We are concerned to limit any risks to our congregation. To this end, whilst following Church in Wales guidelines our normal Holy Eucharist Services are to continue with sensible precautions e.g. Not offering the peace physically or using the Chalice.

In addition, to minimise any risks to all of us but especially the young, elderly and those with pre-existing medical conditions we are cancelling Sunday Club, Confirmation Classes, Bumps a Daisy, Lenten Discussion groups and Lenten lunches. Also we will not be offering refreshments after any of our Services.

We have not taken this decision lightly and hope the situation will improve soon and we can get back to our usual activities.

Margaret Smart & Cheryl Evans


Llandaff Diocese Strategic Vision

Our five year strategy to grow faith and transform our church communities.

Because faith matters.

The vision of the Diocese of Llandaff (of which the Parish of Radyr is a part) is that all may encounter and know the love of God through truth, beauty and service, living full and rich lives through faith.

Transforming lives through living and bearing witness to Jesus Christ is our calling. We seek to do this in a Diocese that is strong, confident, alive and living in faith, engaged with the realities of life and serving others in His name.

Our profound belief in the sovereignty of God means that we will look to continue Christ’s church and mission by telling the joyful story of Jesus, growing the Kingdom of God by empowering all to participate and building the future in hope and love.

Our shared aims

  • Telling a joyful story.
  • Growing the Kingdom of God.
  • Building our capacity for good.

Find out more

You can read more about the Diocesan Strategic Vision and our combined progress towards it at –

Or for a deeper background download the Strategic Vision Document

The Parish of Radyr PCC will be bringing their ideas for the local interpretation of this vision to the Parish Easter Vestry on Sunday 5 April 2020 at 19.00 in the New School Rooms.

Diocesan Vision Prayer

Loving Heavenly Father,
you call us to grow your Kingdom.
Help us to tell a joyful story
and to build your goodness
in our world,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Coronavirus (Covid-19) Guidance

Today (6 March 2019) we have received updated guidance from the Church in Wales on actions relating to Coronavirus.

We pray for all who suffer, including at this particular time those infected by the new coronavirus, (now renamed Covid-19 by WHO) around the world, for those who care for them, for health specialists and authorities who are combatting the spread of infection, and of course for all who at this time are feeling anxious, especially for those with friends and family in areas most at risk.

In particular our Parish practice relating to Holy Communion will change until further notice:

Receive Holy Communion in one Kind. It is, and has long been, Anglican teaching that to receive the sacrament in one kind only (ie. just the bread) is to receive the sacrament in its entirety. With the recent increase of Covid-19 cases in the United Kingdom, we are now advising that public administration of the chalice should cease in the Church in Wales until further notice. The Chalice must continue to be prepared and consecrated in the usual way, but the celebrant alone should receive from the Chalice.

We are now strongly advising that physical sharing of the Peace be discontinued until further notice. When we exchange the Peace we express our desire to come to the holy table as a community which has been reconciled to God and one another through the work of Christ, and whose members are ‘in love and charity’ with our neighbours. Although customary in many churches, handshakes or other physical touching are not mandated in our liturgical rites and are not required at this point. Non-physical means of exchanging the Peace are encouraged – such as saying ‘peace be with you’, preferably whilst making eye contact. Similarly, non-physical alternatives to shaking hands when greeting people entering and leaving church should be used.

The full guidance and any future updates can be read at

Are you ready to bring Change this Lent?

The Parish of Radyr is working with Water Aid through Lent. We are asking you to collect Jars of Change, a jar of loose change in support of Water Aid. These jars will then be brought to church at Easter (or collected at the schools if the children cannot attend to be brought to the services).

Give something up for Lent, donate the money you save and give mothers and daughters an equal chance to be healthy and happy.
Collecting water is usually a women’s job. In countries like Ethiopia, where 6 in 10 people are denied access to clean water, women are forced to spend hours walking to and queueing at water sources to collect water that’s often dirty.

Day in and day out the endless cycle of walking, waiting and drinking dirty water robs women of so many opportunities in life. Girls miss vital lessons in school and women lose precious time to earn an income and be with their families. Whole communities suffer. But it doesn’t have to be this way.

By supporting our Jars of Change Appeal this Lent, you’ll be bringing clean water to communities for the first time – so women and girls will have the chance to stay safe, healthy, educated and financially secure.

Further details of the Charity and their Lent appeal for Jars of Change can be seen at:

Other Lent activities in the Parish

  • Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, 26 February 2020, when there will be the 09:30am service plus a Sung Eucharist at 7.30pm, both in Christ Church and including imposition of Ashes.



  • Each Friday during Lent we will be meeting at Christ Church at 12 noon for 30 minutes of meditation and prayer on the theme ‘All Creation sings God’s Glory’ followed by a soup lunch for Christian Aid.





  • And each Monday we will meet at 7.00 pm at St John’s, Danescourt for a discussion group on the theme ‘The First Easter’ – an empty tomb, a missing body, four different stories. What really happened? The resurrection of the Son of God is crucial to our understanding of the Christian faith. Bring a bible and let’s do theology together.

Open the Book team busy again

Our Open the Book teams have been busy again visiting Radyr Primary, Bryn Deri Primary and Danescourt Primary Schools. This time they shared the story “Jesus is Baptised”.

St John’s Sunday Club explore Following in St Paul’s Footsteps

This week Sunday Club told the story of Following in St Paul’s footsteps which is illustrated with figures holding hands in unity showing Joy, Peace and Love.

On joining the congregation in church, the young people very proudly showed off their work and explained the message before sharing in a pray. The photos were also taken by one of the group ready for sharing here on the website.

Find out more about Sunday Club at St John’s which meets each Sunday morning in Term Time at the Parish Hall adjacent to St John’s Church, Danescourt at 09.15

Preparing for Confirmation?

Are you interested in exploring taking your faith further? Do you think you would like to make a commitment of Faith through Confirmation into the Church?

The Parish are starting a new group to explore faith with the aim of preparing for Confirmation by the Bishop in April 2020. It will meet in Christ Church each Thursday, 19.15 – 20.30 from 9 February for 8 weeks and a further 2 sessions in April 2020 to complete the course.

This group is open to anyone wishing to explore the possibility of confirmation but please speak to Rev. Vicki first to express your interest in attending.

Busy Christmas across the Parish

A huge thank you to everyone who has helped to make such a busy and vibrant celebration of the Christmas season across the Parish run smoothly. It was great to welcome new, returning and regular faces to Worship at the various occasions across the Christmas season.

A special thank you goes out to all those who invited a friend or neighbour to come to church for Christmas. New cards will be available shortly to invite someone for another occasion in the life of the church.

Christmas Tree Festival at Christ Church

A huge thank you to all of the groups that presented trees for our Christmas Tree Festival at Christ Church, each based on the theme of a Christmas Carol. A marvellous display of the variety of community groups that we have across the Parish.

The festival was opened at our Christingle service and, as well as being open each day for everyone to have an opportunity to visit the trees, they also served as a perfect decoration to the church through our services for the Christmas season.

Christmas Tree Festival 2019

Christmas Trees at St John’s

What a wonderful Christingle service at St John’s! Church was packed with families and we all had hot chocolate and cake afterwards in the parish Hall and raised lots of money for the Noah’s Ark Appeal. Thank you everyone!

The trees wlll remain in St John’s until after Chrtistmas so why not join us for one of our special services and take the opportunity to see our trees too.

The Christingle Service at Christ Church to mark their start of their Christmas Tree Festival will be this weekend (Sunday 15 December 2019 at 17.00)