We believe in inclusive Church - church which does not discriminate on any level, on grounds of economic power, gender, mental health, physical ability, race or sexuality. We believe in Church which welcomes and serves all people in the name of Jesus Christ; which is scripturally faithful; which seeks to proclaim the Gospel afresh for each generation; and which, in the power of the Holy Spirit, allows all people to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Jesus Christ.
St Teilo’s is in the Archdeaconry of Carmarthen and part of the Bro Dinefwr LMA.
A local ministry area (LMA) is a geographical area made up of a group of parishes which will be a collaborative area of Christian witness, worship and work. The new LMAs will enable the churches within the groupings to support one another in mission and ministry and so encourage sustainability and growth. Each LMA will provide priestly and pastoral oversight within their communities. Each LMA will also reach out to share the good news of Christ, grounding all our mission in the example set by Jesus Christ and those who, in His name, built the early church seen in scripture by the guidance of the Holy Spirit through devotion and prayer.
Each church within the LMA, whilst working together on the bigger picture of mission and evangelism, will retain its own identity. The LMA Council will delegate to Church Committees care of the day to day matters related to the running of the local church. The responsibilities of these Church Committees will include maintenance of church buildings, fundraising, cleaning, grounds, church yards etc. Each church within the LMA will have such a Committee and will therefore require a chairperson, treasurer, secretary, usually church wardens and representatives of the congregation.
The LMA Council is the representative body of the churches within the Local Ministry Area (i.e. a council of people made up of members from each worshipping church in the LMA structure). Each LMA Council will have, as well as its clerics, two wardens, a secretary, and a treasurer. It will be convened by a lay chairperson. Oversight and policy on outreach, ministry and evangelism within the LMA will be taken by the LMA Councillors representing all the churches within the LMA, with a view to sharing the Good News of the Gospel and finding new ways of serving the specific needs of their local communities.
The LMA council delegates day to day running of St Teilo’s to the church committee (CC) in order to address the issues facing the church at the present time. The new committee met for the first time on 24 February 2022 and has already been pro-active in organising two ‘spring cleaning days’ when a large group of members cleared the church of years of accumulated rubbish, enough to fill a large skip. The building is much cleaner and more attractive for dispensing with the clutter. Under the guidance of the Archdeacon, the CC organised a number of special services over Easter 2022 and the large attendance indicated how glad people were to return after the disruption of Covid.
The following sub-committees have been formed:
The now defunct PCC appointed a small group to explore the possibility of developing the church into a multi-use space which would see the pews removed and under-floor heating installed. The intention is to seek grant funding to carry out this work and which would cover the expensive repairs to the windows and the fabric of the building. To this end an architectural firm was employed which specialises in the restoration of historic buildings.**A comprehensive report was received from the architect which identified a long list of issues which need to be addressed. The recommendations were listed in order of priority with an indication, in each case, of the likely cost. The church committee have elected a new sub-committee, which retains some members of the previous group, to consider the way forward.
The members of these sub-committees have been selected by skills and experience. Each meets regularly and reports back to the CC, making recommendations for decision by that committee. Three members of the church committee are elected to serve on the LMA council which it keeps appraised of matters in St Teilo’s and, when the occasion arises, take requests from St Teilo’s CC to the LMA council for approval.
|Chair||John Morgan*||07811 356778
|Secretary||Mike Clark*||01558 822994
|Treasurer||Rhodri Stone||007789 394570
|People’s Warden||Ann Phipps*||01558 823761
|Vicar’s Warden||Rob Jones*||01558 822762
|Sub - committees|
|Worship, Pastoral and Mission||Chair: Doug Constable|
|Restoration||Chair: Gordon Kilby|
|Maintenance||Chair: Brett Hatfield|
|Communications||Chair: Rob Jones|
|* Key Holders|