OUR RECENT HISTORY
Initially the Benefice of Cynwyl Gaeo consisted of the three parishes of St Cynwil, Caio, St Sawyl, Llansawel and
St Michael & All Angels, Talley. It was a benefice in the deanery of Llandeilo & Llangadog in the archdeaconry of Carmarthen in the diocese of St Davids. In 2011, the archdeaconry was reorganised and the deanery of Llandovery was established. The benefice of Cynwyl Gaeo was relocated to the new deanery and at the same time it was enlarged to include St David, Abergorlech.
The reorganisation of the Archdeaconry coincided with the departure of the then Vicar and the newly enlarged benefice entered a period of inter-regnum. The newly appointed Area Dean of Llandovery was, therefore, responsible for the benefice until a new incumbent can be selected and installed. Thankfully, there were three Lay Readers licensed in the benefice, so they, helped by occasional visiting clergy, were able to maintain regular services at all four churches. The Lay Readers are authorised to administer Communion by Extension, so the spiritual wellbeing of parishioners has been sustained.
Before the fourth parish was added to the benefice, there was a Parochial Church Council (PCC) for each of the three original churches in the group. When the reorganised benefice was formed, these individual PCCs were replaced by a single benefice PCC. This new council comprised the benefice Lay Readers, the Churchwardens from the four churches (click here for details) and elected members from each church. During the inter-regnum, the PCC was chaired by the Area Dean. Each church elects its own Secretary and Treasurer with one of the secretaries acting as Minutes Secretary for the benefice PCC.
Each church in the benefice supported the diocesan Growing Hope strategy and used the Diocesan Prayer at its services. As a result of this, yet another reorganisation took place in 2015. Our four churches had decided that they would like to join with eleven other parishes to form a Local Ministry Area. The Parochial Church Councils of all the churches involved had discussed this and all voted in favour. The inaugural service on 20th January 2015 formally established the Bro Dyfri Ministry Area of the fifteen consenting parishes.
To see how our churches now fit into the structure, click here.