Cronfa Dreftadaeth / Heritage Fund
Thanks to players of the National Lottery, we were awarded a grant of £707,700 from the National Lottery Heritage Fund. This has provided the vast majority of the funding which enabled us to embark on a major project to restore and reorder St Grwst's Church in 2019/2020.
Visit our Historic Church /
Ymwelwch â'n Heglwys Hanesyddol
Hello, we are St Grwst Church. Born in the early 15th Century and located in the heart of Wales in the tranquil town of Llanrwst. Our walls have seen 550 years of rich history and religion and are the home to many a story, legend and myth. Come visit us and lose yourself in our stories, beautiful architecture and breathtaking surroundings.
Come to a service, come to an event, come for a cup of tea, come for the friendship!
We extend a special welcome to those who are single, married, divorced, widowed, straight, gay, questioning, black, white, well-heeled or down at heel. We especially welcome wailing babies and excited toddlers.
We welcome you whether you can sing like Bryn Terfel or just growl quietly to yourself. You’re welcome here if you’re ‘just browsing,’ just woken up or just got out of prison. We don’t care if you’re more Christian than the Archbishop of Wales, or haven’t been to church since Christmas ten years ago.
We extend a special welcome to those who are over 60 but not grown up yet, and to teenagers who are growing up too fast. We welcome keep-fit mums, football dads, starving artists, tree-huggers, latte-sippers, vegetarians, junk-food eaters. We welcome those who are in recovery or still addicted. We welcome you if you’re having problems, are down in the dumps or don’t like ‘organised religion.’
We offer a welcome to those who think the earth is flat, work too hard, don’t work, can’t spell, or are here because granny is visiting and wanted to come to Church.
We welcome those who are inked, pierced, both or neither. We offer a special welcome to those who could use a prayer right now, had religion shoved down their throat as kids or got lost looking for the Co-op and wound up here by mistake. We welcome pilgrims, tourists, seekers, doubters… and you!
Based on a notice at Coventry Cathedral and reproduced with thanks.
Sunday Services /
Gwasanaethau Dydd Sul
Every Sunday at 9.45am we have a bilingual service of Holy Eucharist.
Our congregation is comprised of local people, both Welsh and English speaking, and we welcome people who are here on holiday too!
Because of Covid-19 please note that face coverings must be worn, and hands must be sanitised on arrival.
A warm welcome to all
Croeso cynnes i bawb
Our Rector /
Rev'd Sarah Hildreth-Osborn is our Rector. Originally from Denbigh, Sarah is responsible for St Grwst's, as well as the churches in Glan Conwy and Llanddoged within the Aberconwy Mission Area.
For all enquiries about weddings, baptisms and funerals, please contact Rev'd Sarah on 01492 640032.
Open Table /
Our Rector, Sarah, leads the LGBTQIA+ chaplaincy for the Diocese of St Asaph, and holds monthly Open Table services here at St Grwst's, which begin with a Eucharist followed by a 'bring your own' lunch and a very healthy dose of conversation and discussion, all in a safe, sacred space.
The next Open Table Network meetings will be at 11.30am on:
18th December 2021
15th January 2022
19th February 2022
19th March 2022
14th May 2022
Finding Us /
Dod o Hyd i Ni
Centrally located, just off the town square. From outside Spar, look over the road and to your left, and you'll see Church Street between the back of the Eagles Hotel and the Post Office/Londis. A short stroll down Church Street, past the historic Almshouses and you'll find St Grwst's Church peacefully situated on the banks of the Conwy.
Car parking is available nearby.
What's On? /
Be sy'n Digwydd?
1pm to 3pm - Open to visitors
3pm - Guided tours (click here to book)
10am to 12pm - Paned a Sgwrs / Cuppa and Chat Community Coffee Morning
1pm to 3pm - Open to visitors
9.45am - Bilingual Holy Eucharist / Cymun Bendigaid
General Visiting /
Currently, we are open to visitors on Mondays and Thursdays ONLY from 1pm to 3pm. However, we are aiming to increase these hours by recruiting more volunteer stewards!
Start your visit in our new Interpretation Area and learn about our history and the people connected with St Grwst's. See our historic rood screen, then explore the historic Gwydir Chapel, and see the sarcophagus of Llewelyn the Great, together with the Wynn family memorials.
Guided Tours /
Most Monday afternoons at 3pm, other times by arrangement.
Join us for a fascinating talk and informative tour of St Grwst's Church and Gwydir Chapel. Climb the spiral staircase for a behind the scenes look at our Rood Loft above the Rood Screen.
Paned a Sgwrs / Cuppa & Chat
Every Thursday from 10am to 12pm
Bring your friends, or come on your own and meet new friends for a chat, and enjoy tea/coffee and delicious cake in the lovely relaxing surroundings of our historic church. There's free refills too!
Restoration and Reordering Project /
Prosiect Adfer ac Aildrefnu
A successful bid to the National Lottery Heritage Fund has re-energised the church, conserving its fabric, connecting stories to the community.
Restored and reordered in 2019/2020, the new St Grwst's has a lovely new stone floor with underfloor heating, flexible seating layouts, a kitchen and toilets, whilst retaining the historic rood screen, choirstalls and beautifully restored Gwydir Chapel.
It is a place for the whole community to enjoy -
a place for people of all faiths, and none.
What's New? /
Beth sy'n Newydd?
Find out about our new facilities for the community here in Llanrwst
Interpretation Area /
At the back of the north aisle you'll find our new interpretation area. Here you can find out about our history, learn about the people connected with St Grwst's, and even try your hand at brass rubbing!
Kitchen and Toilets /
Cegin a Thoiledau
We now have a new kitchen equipped with cooking facilities and a commercial dishwasher, enabling catering for a wide variety of events.
We also have two new toilets, one of which is fully accessible, and also has a baby changing unit.
Our toilets have been twinned through the Toilet Twinning organisation - with one in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and one in the Central African Republic!
Mezzanine Gallery /
Upstairs, you'll find our new mezzanine gallery. This flexible space overlooking the nave, can be used for meetings, talks etc. It's a lovely space with a great view down into the nave of the church.
Hire the church! /
You can now hire St Grwst's Church for events! Whether it's for a talk, a meeting, a conference, a rehearsal, a concert or any type of community event, please have a chat with us to see how we can help you.
Call Jon Richmond on 07936 973476 for more information.
Volunteer with Us /
Gwirfoddoli gyda Ni
Volunteers are at the heart of everything we do!
Pictured above are members of the Project Steering Group - L-R Gwyneth Morris-Jones (Gift Aid Secretary), Menna Gerrard (Diocesan Advisory Committee), Jeremy Wong (Architect), Ruth McKew (Project Manager), Olwen John (Secretary), Rev'd Sarah Hildreth-Osborn (Rector), Jon Richmond (Business Development Officer), Bleddyn Hughes (Churchwarden) and Janet Pierce (Churchwarden).
St Grwst's Church and the community of Llanrwst have been working together for over 550 years - and we want to ensure that St Grwst's remains at the heart of the local community for years to come! Why not come and help us? You don't have to be a church member, and there's something for everybody to get involved with.
So, what can you do? Well, we have the following roles:
The first point of contact for visitors to the church. You will volunteer on key dates throughout the year to provide a warm welcome for people, and direct them to the various interpretation around the building.
Hospitality Team Volunteer
On selected days in conjunction with events taking place in church, we will be offering refreshments to visitors, such as tea and quality cake. You will help run our kitchen and catering facility.
Tour Guide and Interpretation Volunteer
Tour Guide volunteers will be trained to provide tours around the church and chapel for pre-booked groups. You will receive training in how to deliver an insightful and engaging tour, tailored for different groups as appropriate.
Learning and Events Volunteer
Our Learning and Events volunteers support the work of our Business Development Officer, facilitating visits by groups and schools, and helping to prepare, set up and deliver activities and events for key target audiences. You will receive training on working with young people, schools and families.
Website and Social Media Volunteer
You'll be familiar with social media and help to provide content and updates to our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts, and to develop content for our website which may involve taking photos and creating short videos.
We are the current custodians of historic monuments and fittings dating back many hundreds of years. You'll be involved in the ongoing care and maintenance of them, monitoring the environment within the church, making regular checks to ensure that monuments are stable. Volunteers will also learn how to clean and protect church objects, fixtures and fittings.
Our riverside churchyard needs regular maintenance and weeding of the flower beds, and our churchyard volunteers will help to keep them looking attractive and appealing to visitors. As well as gardening, you'll assist in carrying out checks to make sure the gravestones are stable.
For more information on any of these roles, please contact Jon Richmond on 07936 973476 or firstname.lastname@example.org