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Welsh-speaking Llan Llanast

Posted by Jane Leadbetter on 05 Jul 2018

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Llannerch-y-medd is a rural village of about 1,400 people and the old market town of Anglesey; it is in the heart of Anglesey. There are three places of worship, a church and two chapels, with a combined attendance of under 20 between them. Messy Church (Llan Llanast) meets once a month in the Steision y Cafe (Station Cafe) on a Wednesday afternoon after school. It is led by Revd Kevin Ellis, Messy Church Regional Coordinator for North Wales, who is originally from Sheffield. Revd Kev is the vicar of Bro Eleth and a team is being built from the chapels and church. Last week, there were around 30 people at Messy Church, which is amazing.

Llannerch-y-medd is a Welsh-speaking town (nearly 70% of the population would describe themselves as first language Welsh). Therefore, Messy Church has to be conducted largely in Welsh. Kevin is a Welsh learner, and so are a number of the team! It makes it tiring, but children and adults love Revd Kev's mistakes, the most memorable of which was explaining how Jesus flew into Jerusalem on the donkey! 

Llan Llanast has been able to be established because Revd Kev has forged strong links with the local school, taking an assembly once a month. The school send out Messy Church fliers and text parents to remind them about Messy Church. The Messy Church is only six sessions old but they are learning together and, for many, they have found a community that they want to belong to. Holding each session in the community coffee shop is breaking down barriers between church and chapel.

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