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 from Monday to Friday;
  • 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.

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:

Monday

9.00am

Morning Prayer

Tuesday

9.00am

Morning Prayer 

Wednesday

9.00am

Morning Prayer 

Thursday

9.00am

Morning Prayer 

 

12.15pm

Silent Encounter: Meditation in the Christian Tradition

 

1.15pm

Eucharist (Holy Communion)

Friday

9.00am

Morning Prayer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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 2018

To celebrate Wales' patron saint, Dewi Sant (St. David), there will be a celebration service in the Chapel on Thursday 1 March at 5.30pm, with a light buffet to follow. The guest preacher will be the Revd. Beti-Wyn James. 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