Church News and Events

Please note – we usually meet for a joint Ministry Area service at 11 am on the first Sunday of the month.
On 3 December the joint service will be a HOLY COMMUNION service for ADVENT to be held at St Gwenfaen’s Church in Rhoscolyn at 11 am and the service will be Holy Communion. Parking for this service will be available in the field next to the church. There will be no other service in the Ministry Area on 3 December 2023.

USUAL TIMES OF SERVICES in Bro Cybi Ministry Area

9.15am at St Gwenfaen’s, RHOSCOLYN – Holy Communion or Morning Prayer

9.15am at St David’s, MORAWELON – Holy Communion or Morning Prayer 

11am at St Ffraid’s, Trearddur Bay – Holy Communion or Morning Prayer

Recorded services are also available on our YouTube channel. Please click on the link below. They can be accessed at any time.

The Pastoral Care leaflet for DECEMBER 2023 can be downloaded here:


Newsletter – Information about the Ezra process
The Bangor Diocese has launched an initiative called Ezra to safeguard the future of our Church in North West Wales. Ezra requires us look at all our Church activities and buildings and to gain a vision for what our Churches and our services and activities will be like in the future.

There will be a series of meetings throughout the Bro Cybi Ministry Area to explore ideas together.


We have been pleased to welcome our new

The Reverend Robert (Rob) Wardle



On Sunday, 21 July an announcement was made in our four churches about the appointment of the Rev’d Robert (Rob) Wardle as Vicar and Ministry Area Leader of Bro Cybi.

Rob succeeds the Venerable Andy Herrick who will become an Associate Vicar in the Bro Cybi ministry team, and it will allow him to focus on his ministry as Archdeacon of Anglesey.

It is expected that Rob will move to Bro Cybi in the Autumn, when a special service will be held to celebrate the start of his new ministry with us.  The full announcement is attached as a PDF file.

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St Cybi’s Church, Holyhead, have been granted funding for significant repairs, costing over £250,000 to preserve the stonework, including important carvings, at St Cybi’s Church, Holyhead, which are being damaged by erosion and pollution.

The Church is pleased to announce, subject to a successful round two grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, it has now secured the necessary funding and authorities to start the work in the early part of 2019.

Funding has been provided by Heritage Lottery Fund (£158,500), W G Roberts Fund (£30,000), Garfield Weston Foundation (£10,0000), James Pantyfedwen Foundation (£5,000) Allchurches Trust (£3,000) and the Representative Body of the Church in Wales (£3,000).  These grants will help to preserve the church, and important part  of the town and local community for generations to come.

For further information please contact our Ministry Area Leader, The Venerable Andrew Herrick: Email: or Telephone: 01407 861084

Please download letter from Archdeacon of Anglesey, Rev’d Andrew Herrick here:
Gift Day Letter 2018 4 November 2018

New leaflet about what it means to belong to the family of Bro Cybi Ministry Area – Gift Day 4 November 2018 – Belonging to Bro Cybi Leaflet

Walsingham programme 2018/19 Walsingham Dates 2018-19

Licensing of Glenys Samson as Reader
On Saturday 30 June Glenys Samson was licensed as a Reader in the Church in Wales, by our Bishop, the Right Rev’d Andrew John.  It was such a happy occasion.  We are so pleased to have Glenys as a member of our Bro Cybi Ministry Team  – and give thanks to everyone involved in her training – especially Canon Tracey Jones at Bro Padrig Ministry Area.

Appointment of the Reverend Neil Ridings as Associate Vicar in the Bro Cybi Ministry Area:
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Message from our new Ministry Area Leader:
Rev’d Andy Herrick (Archdeacon of Anglesey)

27 May 2018

To all members of the Bro Cybi Ministry Area

Last Sunday evening in St Cybi’s was a very special occasion for Sara and I – the beginning of a new chapter
in our life and ministry. To share it with the people of the Ministry Area in which we will serve was wonderful and we came home excited about what lies ahead. Thank you all for being there.

We are very aware that, like almost all other ministry areas, the challenges are huge. Fewer and fewer clergy, rising costs, and buildings that are difficult and expensive to maintain and develop. If we only
focus on those issues the result is inevitable – the church will die. But I have always believed in a God
of life and hope from whom can come new beginnings and growth.

The Good News of Jesus is still able to change lives as it has done down through the past 2000 years.

The Holy Spirit is alive and at work in the church today if we will only open up to receive him. As we step out together in this new chapter for our churches let’s look at the problems sensibly and with a sense of responsibility. But let’s also look to the Jesus who can transform and renew both individual lives and churches as we boldly tell the Good News and look to the Holy Spirit to work in power.

Today is Trinity Sunday – a day to consider the One God who is the Father who loves us, the Son who died to redeem us, and Holy Spirit who breathes power and life into us. Let’s look to him today and say with Isaiah -“Lord, here am I. Send me.”

Andy Herrick
Archdeacon of Anglesey and Bro Cybi Ministry Area Leader

Induction – 20 May 2018

It was lovely to have a full church at St Cybi’s last night when the Bishop of Bangor inducted Archdeacon Andy Herrick as our new Ministry Area Leader. A big WELCOME to Andy and his wife Sara. Special thanks to the children of Ysgol Cybi who came to sing for us. The congregation included our MP, Mayor, local councillor’s, church leaders from other denominations and clergy from across the diocese.

20 May 2018 – at 6 pm – Induction and Licensing Service

Archdeacon of Anglesey, Andy Herrick, will be inducted and licensed as Ministry Area Leader and Vicar of Bro Cybi. The service will be conducted by the Right Rev. Andrew John, Bishop of Bangor, on Sunday 20 May (Pentecost), at 6 pm in St. Cybi’s Church, Holyhead.
Everyone welcome. Refreshments will be served in the church after the service.  


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A photo of the Holy Island Ministry Area Pastoral Group, who were commissioned on the 31st January 2016 by the Rev Kevin Ellis, at the Ministry Area Service in St Cybi’s Church.

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To find out about more Church related events in Holyhead, Trearddur Bay and Rhoscolyn, please visit our Events page.

Big welcome for the new Vicar of Holy Island Ministry Area (Bro Cybi)

Over 200 people attended a special service on Saturday, 22 February at St. Cybi’s Church, Holyhead for the Induction of the Rev’d Dr. Kevin Ellis as the new Vicar of the Holy Island (Bro Cybi) Ministry Area.

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Singing in the chancel during the service

The Bishop of Bangor, the Right Reverend Andrew John, led the service. The Bro Cybi Ministry Area is the newest Ministry Area in the Diocese of Bangor, as the Diocese develops a new way of working. The name ‘Ministry Area’ reflects the fact that the ministry and mission of the Church – serving the people of the local community – is the responsibility of all Church people, not just the new Vicar.

In his sermon the Bishop reminded us of the generosity of God and that no matter how miserable we felt we should remember that God still loved us. And that as Christians what mattered most is what we do, rather than what we say.  He also reminded us about how important Food Banks are to families who are struggling financially, and how pleased he was that local Christians were taking part in supporting this work.


Kevin presented Jane with a bouquet and a big thank you for her hard work during the Interregnum

Alongside the Induction of Kevin other members of the Ministry Area were commissioned, including the Rev Jane Bailey, two Lay Readers and the Home Communion Team, who will share the responsibility of leading the Church’s ministry in Bro Cybi, under the guidance of the Rev’d Kevin Ellis.

The four Churches in the Bro Cybi Ministry Area are: St Cybi’s Holyhead, St Ffraid’s Trearddur Bay, St Gwenfaen’s Rhoscolyn and St David’s Morawelon

The Archdeacon of Bangor, The Venerable Paul Davies took part in the service and the Dean of Bangor, the Very Rev’d Dr Sue Jones was also present as well as the Area Dean, Rev Canon Christine Llewellyn. There was wide representation and support from all the churches and chapels in Holyhead

as well as from members of the town and county council.  Members of Kevin’s previous congregation in Birmingham had travelled to Holyhead to attend the special service.

Refreshments were provided after the service at Ysgol Thomas Ellis School.

Press release issued by the Diocese: New Beginnings in Holyhead

Holy Island and its main town of Holyhead – on the west of the Isle of Anglesey – will be welcoming a new vicar and a new way of working on Saturday, 22 February.

At a special service, at 3pm in St. Cybi’s Church, Holyhead – led by the Bishop of Bangor, the Right Reverend Andrew John – the Bro Cybi Ministry Area will be inaugurated, and the Rev’d Dr. Kevin Ellis will be inducted as it’s new vicar and the Bro Cybi Ministry Area Team Leader.

The Bro Cybi Ministry Area will become the newest Ministry Area in the Diocese of Bangor, as the Diocese develops a new way of working. The name ‘Ministry Area’ reflects the fact that the ministry and mission of the Church – serving the people of the local community – is the responsibility of all Church people, not just the new vicar.

Looking forward to the service, the Bishop of Bangor, commented, ‘I am delighted and thrilled that Kevin and his family are with us and wish them all blessings, joy and happiness on Holy Island and here in our Diocese. It is an exciting time for the new Bro Cybi Ministry Area.’

The Rev’d Dr. Kevin Ellis added, ‘As Vicar of Holy Island and Team Leader of the Bro Cybi Ministry Area, I hope to nurture the confidence of Church people and remind them that their Christian faith is credible, relevant and fun. I will encourage people on the fringes of the Christian Church to take another look at the extraordinary claims made by Jesus Christ. I will also be a passionate advocate of the holy history of the incredibly beautiful place in where I am now so fortunate to live.’

Kevin was born and grew up in Sheffield. Prior to being ordained, he worked in a number of settings, such as an assistant manager of a newsagents, a mystery shopper,  and as a New Testament theologian. Indeed, one of his passions is making the stories of the Bible intelligible and accessible to all, particularly people who have limited contact with the Church community.

Since being ordained, Kevin has served in a number of places, such as Matson, a council estate on the edge Gloucester, Maryport and Flimby on the west coast of Cumbria, and most recently as the vicar of St Michael and All Angels, Bartley Green in Birmingham.

During his ordained ministry, Kevin has developed an interest in community regeneration, as well as a passion for working closely with schools and for developing work with young people. His Grove Booklet called Mission in Schools will be published in April.

Kevin is married to Jennifer, who is a General Practitioner. They have a son, Shaun, who now attends Ysgol Uwchradd Caergybi.In his spare time, Kevin reads avidly, loves cooking, likes real ale and to be exercised by his two lurcher dogs, Pippin and Samwise, who are now enjoying the beaches that Anglesey has to offer. He also an avid cricket follower.

How to find Ysgol Thomas Ellis from St Cybi’s Church

St Cybi’s Restoration

During 2013, with the assistance of grant funding from Heritage Lottery Fund, Cadw and the Isle of Anglesey County Council, restoration work costing £75,000 was carried out to St Cybi’s Church.

This included the removal of unsightly vegetation from the tower and the installation of new window guards on all the windows which has considerably improved the aesthetic look of the building.

During the restoration work evidence of a previous roof line over the Nave was discovered.  This shows that the earlier roof was pitched with a considerable slope, to assist with a quick run off of rainwater.  Evidence of an opening high up on the west wall of the Nave was also discovered.  Gwynedd Archaeological Trust have carried out an investigation and are preparing a report.  One possibility is that the filled in opening was once the entrance to a Minstrels Gallery.

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