We hope that you will find it useful to find out about our church in Brynamman.
We are an open evangelical church that welcomes all traditions and is part of the Anglican Church in Wales within the Diocese of St David's.
In normal circumstances services are held in church every week on Sundays.
We have an active Sunday School, they are an all age worship group, who meet at the same time as the service. (See our Sunday school page for more information.)
We also meet during the week for prayer, bible teaching and social events.
A message and meditation from the vicar (updated on 30 July 2021)
Dear friends, I begin by thanking everyone who expressed their good wishes to me on celebrating my 40th anniversary to the priesthood. I would also like to gave a special word of gratitude to those who joined me in my garden on Sunday afternoon. I was deeply touched. Later on Canon Suzy kindly joined me to celebrate Holy Communion with me. Alas due to circumstances beyond our control due to the pandemic and my ill health I was not able to celebrate the occasion as I had anticipated. Hopefully, when the Lord grants me better health and our church is reopened I will be able to join everyone at the altar for a celebratory Eucharist sometime in the not too distant future. Endless night I'm very fond of detective novels, especially those by Agatha Christie. One book has a penetrating title: Endless Night. The words are provocative and suggestive: they suggest a never-ending night: a prolonged period of darkness with no sign of light on the horizon. Have you experienced an endless night? Have you experienced a prolonged period of darkness with no sign of light on the horizon? Maybe it has been a literal endless night: a night of sitting up by the bedside of a sick or dying loved one, watching and waiting till daybreak. The time drags so much that you think morning will never come. Or else you're lying awake in bed and you cannot sleep due to physical pain, or mental stress, or over activity. You're tossing and turning, lying awake, turning this way then that way, but you simply cannot fall off to sleep. You turn on the light and look at the clock, but it's only moved five minutes since you did it last time. Will morning never come? Will the dawn never break? Or else your endless night may be a prolonged period of depression, despair, loneliness, sickness, sorrow, anxiety or grief. There is just darkness all around you. All is black. There seems to be no sign of the morning light breaking on your situation. This year has seemed like as one long endless night for me. It's been an exceptionally difficult time for me: I have been struck with illness during a time when I have been isolated and alone. It couldn't have happened at a worse time. Isaiah's vision of the watchman (Isaiah 21, verses 11-12) If you've had an endless night like me then you'll be able to empathize with the solitary voice of a lonely inhabitant of Seir, whom we meet in one of Isaiah's visions. He too is experiencing an endless night. He cannot sleep. He's wide-awake. It seems night will never end. And so he creeps out for a stroll. The city is asleep, but he is wide-awake. As he walks he comes across a watchman standing in a large watchtower keeping a look out for enemies. In his turmoil the man inquires: "Watchman, what of the night? Watchman, what of the night?" The watchman replies both positively and negatively: "Morning comes, and also the night." "Morning is coming, but the night will return again. You won't have to wait long. Your period of night will soon be over, the light of the morning will shine upon you soon. But be prepared: the darkness will come again soon." Our cry to God and his answer Like that solitary citizen inquiring of the watchman in the darkness of the night, so too when we are experiencing an endless night we inquire of God: "Will night never end? When will it soon be over? When will the light of morning shine upon me again?" Maybe, God hasn't answered in such a direct way as did the watchman, but the answer is the same: Morning always follows night, but the night also returns before too long. God wants you to stop and be philosophical and consider the way things are in the world of which we are a part. Summer always follows winter, but remember winter will also return again. Prosperity always follows dearth, but dearth also returns again. Boom always follows bust, but busts also return. Peaks always follow troughs, but troughs also return again. In other words, there are inbuilt cycles within the realm of the natural order, of which we are a part. Within both the realm of nature and history, ups are followed by downs, but the downs also return. This is the way things are in the world. We're not asked to understand, simply to accept. We've got to accept the bad times as well as the good. We must remember that good times always follow bad times, but at the same time be prepared for the bad old days to return: Morning comes, but night will also return. God's wonderful Good News for those in darkness Is that the end? Is all I've got to say, Grit your teeth and tolerate your situation until things improve and then be prepared for the worst to return again? No. Take note that after the watchman answered the inquirer he said, "If you will inquire, inquire. Come back again." "If you return I've got something else to tell you." So too, if we return to God in our endless night he'll also tell us something else. Through the mouth of his son Jesus he'll tell us, "I am the light of the world; he who follows me, will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life." During our endless nights if we follow Jesus he will shed light in our darkness. It may be just like the flicker of a candlelight shining in a dark, dark room, but it is sufficient until the dawn breaks. Moreover, if we follow Jesus the night doesn't have the last word. Following the night of sickness, sorrow and death, the light of everlasting morning will break and shine forth upon us for all eternity. The morning cometh, and also the night - but finally the endless day! 'Thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ!' May the Love of God enfold you; may the Light of God surround you; may the power of God protect you; and may the presence of God watch over you, Gras ein Harglwydd Iesu Grist, a chariad Duw, a chymdeithas yr Ysbryd Glân, a fyddo gyda chwi oll. With Love to you all, Adrian
Last Sunday, July 25th, marked 40 years since Reverend Adrian Teale was ordained. Adrian has spent most of his ministry here at St Catherine's Brynamman. We thank him for his service to us over the years. We were sadly unable to celebrate this occasion fully with Adrian, as he is unwell, but we did our best to show him our appreciation. We pray that Adrian is restored to full health soon. Diolch o'r galon Adrian, a pob bendith i chi i'r dyfodol.🙏
❗⛔Unfortunately neither the church or the church hall will open, for the foreseeable future.
Sunday School is carrying on via Zoom.
(See their tab for the latest information)
We have set up a virtual fellowship meeting via Zoom. (See Zoom fellowship tab.)
Contact us for more details⛔❗
Today we had a meeting with Suzy Bale with regards to the re opening of the Church. Unfortunately there is a lot of work to be done to get the risk assessment passed to open the church in September, as it needs a deep clean and a lot of work to empty it, to pass the risk assessment. However, the Church hall is more promising and could be opened by September as long as the Archdeacon approved the risk assessment. There will still be restrictions in place and social distancing will have to be followed. Sunday School will continue on line for now. Thank you to everyone involved in keeping St Catherine's going through the pandemic and in the reopening in the near future. We will share any new information with you as we get it. Diolch yn fawr pawb.
A message from Joyce.
Please continue to pray for our vicar Adrian for his full recovery.
A special prayer during the coronavirus pandemic Loving Lord, we commend to your love and care all those who are suffering from the coronavirus throughout the world. Comfort those who have lost a loved one with the illness. Give wisdom to policy makers, skill to the researchers and help to everyone in distress. Bring a sense of calm to us all in these days of uncertainty and distress. This we ask in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord who showed compassion to the outcast, acceptance to the rejected and love to those to whom no love was shown. Amen.
Regular Services in normal times, currently suspended:-
1st and 3rd Sunday in the month 11.00 am Holy Communion
2nd and 4th Sunday in the month 11.00 am Morning Worship 6.00 pm Holy Communion (5.00 pm in winter)
5th Sunday Services on the fifth Sunday vary so please check for details.
For church activities before the present shutdown see the PARISH LIFE page
When the current restrictions are lifted the Community Church Hall will again be available for hire at £8 per hour (including the use of the kitchen) Please phone 01269 824081 for further details.
Reverend Adrian Teale, The Vicarage, 10 Bryn Road, Upper Brynamman, Ammanford, Carms. SA18 1AU (01269) 822275