Church News and Events

Services & events in the Ministry Area

On the first Sunday of the month there is usually a joint Ministry Area service at 11 am. This service moves around the Ministry Area and is usually posted on here towards the end of the previous month.

St. David’s          9.15 am   Morning Prayer

St. Gwenfaen’s   9.15 am   Holy Communion

St. Ffraid’s          11.00am   Holy Communion

We will restart our 10 am Wednesday midweek Communion Service at Ysgol Cybi. Please park in the Visitor Car Park opposite the school for this service.

The LBD (Lunchtime Bible Discussion) meeting will resume on every Tuesday 12 noon at St. Ffraid’s Hall. This meeting is for one our – and discusses the readings for the following week.

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.



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


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)


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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.