Church News, Events and Newsletter

Please take a look at our latest newsletter – Newsletter 17 March 2019

Pastoral Care Circle – Please download the leaflet for:  March 2019 


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.  


Annual Vestry:  Documents available to download:  Vestry Report 18
Agenda for Vestry 2018: Vestry agenda 2108
Minutes of 2017 Vestry Meeting: Minutes of Easter Vestry 2017

Stewarding at St Cybi’s Church, Holyhead:  Stewards – St Cybi’s Church, Holyhead

Information about our new Archdeacon of Anglesey and Bro Cybi Ministry Area Leader: New Archdeacon of Anglesey

Pastoral Care Circle – Please download the leaflet for PCC May 2018

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While we are in Interregnum following the Revd Dr Kevin Ellis’s appointment to the Bro Eleth Ministry Area.  All enquiries should in the first instance be made to Revd Jane Bailey – details below.

Associate Priest: Revd Jane Bailey

Jane can be contacted on 01407 764780

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Kirsty our CYFME (Children, Youth and Family Ministry Enablers) will be helping us in the coming months to pull together our mission projects and enable us to work more strategically across the ministry area. Please click here for more information. Notes from Kirsty Williams our CYFME August 2017

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Holy Island Events – including the Ministry Area – Download here
2017 – Events on Holy Island

Love Wales came to Morawelon (text below)

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A team led by Carol Burstow came to Morawelon from 4-6 August 2016. They based themselves at St David’s Morawelon. The team came from around the UK, as well as from closer to home, drawing upon volunteers from our ecumenical partners including our friends Clive and Kathleen Alder (English Baptists) and Joe Moreno (Gobaith Mon).

A range of activities took place from football coaching on the fields of Ysgol Llanfawr, painting, games in the big tent, bouncy castles, all wrapped up with the team’s enthusiasm for talking about Jesus.

It was a brilliant experience and certainly demonstrates that St David’s is a significant place in the life of the estate and is an important place for mission within Bro Cybi. (Kevin Ellis 13 August 2016)

Message from Kevin:

We are delighted to be welcoming Llewellyn Jones to the Ministry Area from October until June. Llewellyn is training for ordination in the Church in Wales through St Padarn’s Theological Institute.

Please do welcome him.

Autobiography notes from Llewellyn Jones:

Llew Jones wrote:

Although classed as an Ordinand , some even refer to me as a student , young I’m afraid I am not!  A native of Anglesey, I am  married to Jane a Veterinary surgeon  and we have one daughter currently studying at Reading University. Following a long career in farming and then subsequently working for Welsh Government in Cardiff for 15 years, my calling to ministry came somewhat late in life. However, church life, mission, community and worship have always played an extremely important role in my life.

I look forward with great anticipation to meeting you all when I come into your midst at Bro Cybi Ministry Area in early October.  Do please make a point of coming over to see me and say hello if you are able. I am quite easily identified. I’ll be the nervous looking one in a cassock who looks as if he has a lot to learn, and I do! So advice and wisdom readily accepted by all those who wish to share it .
Pob bendith
Llywelyn – 12 August 2016


Main programme:

Thursday 4 August
11am Meet to pray
2-4 Afternoon activities with children and families (e.g. football coaching, crafts, refreshments)
6pm Evening Meeting

Friday 5 August
11am Meet to pray
2-4 Afternoon activities with children and families (e.g. football coaching, crafts, refreshments)
6pm Youth Meeting Saturday

Saturday 6 August
2pm onwards Family Extravaganza
6pm Celebration with prayers for healing The Anglican Churches on Holy Island: St Cybi, St David, St Ffraid, St Gwenfaen, Morawelon Messy Church
Bro Cybi Ministry Area
What can you do?
Invite people….. Help…. Visiting Work with children Afternoon tea
Offer a meal
Offer a shower.

Walsingham 2016

The group of pilgrims who visited the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham in Norfolk this year. They came from Holyhead, Llangefni, Bangor, Pwllheli and Llandudno and the group included Bishop Andy, Bangor Diocese.


The following paragraphs cover events that have recently taken place

Music in St Cybi’s – Attached is a link to Cymanfa Ganu – Festival of Song 2016 which is taking place in St Cybi’s Church on Sunday 10 July at 6.00 pm.  Entrance is free – there will be a retiring collection in aid of church funds.  St Cybi’s Flower Festival is taking place between 9 – 13 July inclusive – so there will be an opportunity to see all the wonderful flower displays at this event on Sunday evening.

ANGLESEY PRAYER WALK – The Anglesey Prayer Walk is an annual event organised by the Anglesey Prayer Network. The Network meets monthly and brings together people from across the Island. The walk takes place on Saturday 18 June 2016. Please download a leaflet here. Everyone welcome.  Please download a leaflet here:  PRAYER WALK LEAFLET (BILINUAL)

Between the 5th and 8th May a WEEKEND OF INVITATIONS was held, to which we were asked to offer invitations to family, neighbours and friends. Starting with a talk by the Archdeacon of St Asaph, it went on to include local bands in St Cybi’s Church, a discussion with a well known speaker about Forgiveness, a talk by the Bishop at one of our churches and Songs of Praise at the beach in Rhoscolyn. The weekend was enjoyed by everyone who attended and we would like to say Thank You to everyone involved in the organisation of all the events and services.

The Ministry Area Men’s Fellowship Group had a lovely time going around the Breakwater Park. on the 11 May.  Will Stewart escorted the group around the park and explained about the history of the area. The evening ended with a wonderful meal at the park’s restaurant.

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Pastoral Care Circle – Please download the  leaflet  June 2016

Names of those who are ill or infirm will be prayed for as usual during our services on Sundays and Wednesdays. As will the names of those who have died recently and the Anniversaries of Death.

The Pastoral Care Group

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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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Why not invite a friend or two or a family member to
come to Church with you?



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


Reverend Dr Kevin Ellis Blog Post

The Reverend Dr. Kevin Ellis shares his experiences as the Vicar and Team Leader of the Bro Cybi Ministry Area in his Latest Blog Post

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.