Carmarthen Chaplaincy

Welcome...

We hope that your time at university will be exciting and worthwhile, providing a fantastic platform for the future. The Chaplaincy at Carmarthen is here to support you throughout your studies.

So what is the Chaplaincy?

We offer help in two specific ways:

  • The Chaplaincy supports the spiritual life of the university.

Through Chapel life it provides regular opportunities for students and staff to:

    • worship;
    • discover faith for the first time;
    • explore spirituality;
    • be part of a caring, growing community where everyone is valued.
  • The Chaplaincy offers pastoral care to all members of the university.

From time to time we all need a listening ear and the help of someone who may be able to help us through difficulty. The Chaplain provides a confidential, bilingual ministry, available to all students and staff regardless of religious background and affiliation. More informally, those associated with Chapel life support one another in many ways, often forming deep, lasting friendships.

The Chapel forms part of the Old College building with the entrance on the main corridor, directly opposite Y Cwad.

  • Worship is offered here daily (except Saturdays);
  • It is open throughout the day as a place of quiet in which to pray, meditate or just be still.
  • The blessed sacrament is reserved here and there are original icons painted by Sr. Theresa Margaret CHN which can be helpful in leading us into prayer.
  • Here, you can light a candle as a sign of your prayer for someone or leave a request on the prayer board, knowing that someone else will continue to pray for your particular concern.

The Chapel Lounge

This is the room which you pass through on your way into the Chapel: a place of hospitality and fellowship, laughter and fun, eating and drinking, study and growth. Feel free to chill out here between lectures on one of our comfy sofas, get motivated to work for peace and justice or pick up an inspiring book.

Sunday Eucharist

The heart of Chapel life is our Sunday 11.00am Eucharist (in some Christian traditions known also as the Mass, Holy Communion or the Lord’s Supper). Here we worship the living God as we encounter Christ in word and sacrament. The service is always followed by tea/coffee and cakes – a great opportunity to make new friends!

There are plenty of opportunities to get involved in this service; for example….

  • Joining the music group – a variety of musical styles from traditional hymns to contemporary worship songs;
  • Becoming part of the team of people who read from the Bible or lead prayers of intercession during the service;
  • Helping with the technical side, such as preparing slides for the plasma screens or setting up the sound system;
  • Welcoming visitors or offering hospitality after the service through baking cakes or serving tea/coffee.

Other regular services and events

We are keen to ensure our worship reflects the languages of the campus as fully as possible. The regular pattern of worship in Chapel (during term-time only) is as follows:

Sunday

11.00am

Eucharist (Holy Communion)

Monday

1.15pm

Prayer during the Day

Tuesday

8.30am

Eucharist (Holy Communion)

 

12.45pm

Feasting on the Word: Meditating on Scripture ('Lectio Divina')

 

1.15pm

The Well: Chaplaincy Discussion Group (a simple lunch is provided)

Wednesday

1.15pm

Prayer during the Day

Thursday

1.15pm

Eucharist (Holy Communion)

 

5.00pm

Silent meditation group

Friday

1.15pm

Prayer during the Day

 

This programme runs during term-time only, though some services may continue during the vacations.

‘Y Ffynnon’ (Welsh for ‘The Well’) meets on Tuesdays from 1.15 to 2.00pm over a simple lunch (provided) for Bible study, discussion and fellowship.

Pilgrimage to Taizé

Taizé is a small village in Eastern France which, since the 1940s, has been home to a remarkable Christian community. Today young people from across the world and of many faith backgrounds visit for a week of prayer, study and fun in a wonderful setting. www.taize.fr

It has to be experience to be appreciated: a potentially life-changing event! We hope to have a Chaplaincy pilgrimage there; please contact the Chaplain for more details.

We have a collection of books in the Chapel Lounge which are available to borrow. Topics include biblical studies, theology, spirituality, liturgy, ethics and social justice.

St. David’s Day 2016

To celebrate Wales' patron saint, Dewi Sant (St. David), there will be a celebration service in the Chapel on Tuesday 1 March at 12.15pm, with a light lunch to follow. The guest preacher will be the Revd. Prof. Densil Morgan. A warm welcome to all.

The Chaplain, the Revd. Dr. Ainsley Griffiths, is a priest (ordained minister) of the Church in Wales. He is available for all members of the university, regardless of religious affiliation, offering a confidential, bilingual, non-judgmental ministry.

His office is on the ground floor of the Carwyn James building (room CJ007). You would be very welcome to drop in for a chat and a coffee.

You can also reach Ainsley on 01267 676607 / 07946 036936 or by e-mail: ainsley.griffiths@uwtsd.ac.uk