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ST.TUDNO AND ST TUDNO'S CHURCH
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Welcome to St. Tudno’s Church
Croeso i Eglwys Sant Tudno


The ancient church of St. Tudno is a place of pilgrimage, peace and prayer and is an active place of worship within the Parish of Llandudno, including weekly open air services during the summer. 

The first open air service in 2014 will be on Sunday May 25 at 11.00 am and the final service will be on Sunday 28 September.  The Parish provides a taxi to the Sunday morning services. 
There are also a number of special services during the year including Carols by Candlelight on 21 December.  Please use this link to see the list of services at St. Tudno's  in summer 2014, while details other services and events in the Parish can be found on the Calendar and Special Events pages.  St. Tudno's Day is celebrated on 5 June. 

A Friends of St. Tudno's Church Group has now been formed and welcomes anyone who would like to join St. Tudno's extended family.  Please see the Friends' web page for further details. 

We hope that you will be able to visit St. Tudno's and a warm welcome awaits you at our services.  If you are unable to visit in person, we hope that visiting this web site will help you to experience something of this very special place, where Christians have been worshiping for more than 1400 years.

Open air service at St. Tudno's Church

The church is open every day from April till October and on Saturdays, Sundays, Wednesdays and bank holidays from November till March, weather permitting.  Visitors are encouraged to sign the Visitors' Book and to write prayer requests in another book.  When the church is closed each day, prayers are said for all who have asked and for all visitors.


A prayer for all who visit St. Tudno’s Church:

Father God, who led St. Tudno
To this blessed and holy place,
Lead us through life’s joys and sorrows,
Help us feel your peace and grace.

Amen


If you would like more information on St. Tudno's Church, please click here to contact one of the wardens  or the Rector.  Please see the map for directions to the church.   For the Sunday morning services, transport is available between Holy Trinity Church in Llandudno town centre and St. Tudno's Church.  

Thank you for visiting
 Diolch am eich ymweliad

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St. Tudno

St Tudno window

Window in Holy Trinity Church
In the sixth century the young Tudno (pronounced “Tidno”) entered the monastery of Bangor is Coed, near Chester, which was renowned for its learning, patriotism and missionary zeal. In faith, Tudno then came to the ancient rock of the Great Orme and climbed the steep paths of the windswept headland to bring to the little round stone huts the message of Christianity. 

St. Tudno’s Church, on the Great Orme, is an emblem in stone of the witness of men down the ages to the faith first brought to this part by Tudno, Saint and Confessor. 

St. Tudno is now the patron saint of Llandudno and his feast day is celebrated on 5th June.



Extract from T.F. Wynne's booklet  St. Tudno and St. Tudno’s Church,
available from the church
Celtic cross

One of many Celtic crosses in the churchyard

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St. Tudno's Church

St Tudno's Church

St. Tudno founded his cell on the Great Orme in the sixth century but no trace of the original building remains.  The present church was built in the 12th century but extended in the 15th century.  In 1839 the roof was damaged by a severe storm and it was decided not to repair the church but to build a new church nearer the centre of what was then the village of Llandudno.

St Tudno's Church from NW

In 1840 St. George's Church was built in Church Walks and served the mainly Welsh-speaking population.  St. Tudno’s Church was neglected until 1855 when an appeal was made for £100 to repair the roof and Mr. W.H. Reece of Birmingham and Plas Tudno, Llandudno, "gratefully resolved to restore the church at his sole cost as a thank offering for Divine Goodness".  The repair work began on St. Tudno’s day and the church was re-opened for public service on St. Luke’s day (18th October) 1855.


Stigmata boss
Stigmata boss
The oldest part of the present building is the north wall of the nave, which dates from the 12th century.  The font dates back to the 12th century and fixed to the south wall are two fine old stone coffin lids, which date back to the 13th century.  On either side of the east window are painted tablets with the Lord's Prayer, the Creed and the Ten Commandments in the Welsh language. 

In the roof is a wood carving, above the sanctuary step where people kneel to receive Holy Communion.  This is the stigmata, or representation of the five wounds of our Saviour, which depicts the two hands, the two feet and the side, each bearing a wound.  There is a similar boss in the neighbouring church of Llanrhos.  Obviously the work of a local craftsman, these two bosses are thought to be the only examples of their kind in the country.


Information from T.F. Wynne's booklet  St. Tudno and St. Tudno’s Church, available from the church

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 St Tudno’s Churchyard

The churchyard, within the boundary wall surrounding the church, was for many years the main burial place for the people of Llandudno, whose coffins and gravestones had to be brought up the steep roads of the Great Orme.   The earliest inscribed stones date from the 18th century and can be found close to the south wall of the church. 

St Tudno's churchyard

St. Tudno's churchyard has been closed for burials for many years and the Church in Wales regulations do not permit scattering of ashes in churchyards.  Please please click here to contact one of the wardens or the Rector if you wish to locate a particular grave in the churchyard.  However, there is often confusion as to whether a grave “on the Orme” is in the churchyard or in the adjoining Cemetery, which is administered by Conwy County Borough Council (01492 544677).

The large cemetery and the cemetery chapel are shown in the foreground of this photograph.  Just beyond the cemetery are St. Tudno's Church and churchyard, surrounded by a boundary wall. 

The cemetery opened in September 1903 and the majority of burials after this time would have been in the cemetery rather than the churchyard. 
Cemetery and St. Tudno's Church and churchyard


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Children

Sophia's drawing
Children are very welcome at St. Tudno's.  The open air services are ideal for children: the service style is relaxed with plenty of hymns, there are interesting things to look at (birds, boats on the sea, maybe even some of the Great Orme goats), younger children can wander about and older ones might like to ring the bell before the service (it's quite a small bell) or help to take the collection. 

Don't worry if the service is inside the church instead of outside - everyone is welcome and no one minds a bit of noise. 

Many thanks to Sophia (aged 8) for this lovely, and very accurate, picture of St. Tudno's, which she drew during an open air service.


Pet Blessing service





Dogs


Dogs are very welcome and there are some who are regular members of the congregation.  Nobody minds if they try to join in the hymns!

Don't worry if the service is inside the church instead of outside - dogs are welcome to come in too. 

If your dog is thirsty, a bowl of water can be found in the porch.

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News, services and events in 2014


Opening times
From 1 November to 31 March the church is open weekends, Wednesdays and bank holidays, weather permitting.
From 1 April to 31 October, St. Tudno's is open every day.

 
Morning Prayer
Morning Prayer is said at St. Tudno's at 9.00 am every Saturday throughout the year (weather permitting). 


Open air services
Open air services are held at St. Tudno's at 11.00 am on Sundays during the summer, though if the weather is poor the service will normally be held in the church. 

The first open air service in 2014 was on Sunday May 25 at 11.00 am and the final service was on Sunday 28 September. 
On the first Sunday in the month, the open air service is followed by a shortened Eucharist service in the church. 

During the summer, the parish provides a taxi service between Holy Trinity Church in Llandudno and St. Tudno's Church for the Sunday morning services.  The taxi(s) depart from Trinity Square, outside the entrance to Holy Trinity Church, at 10.30 am and will return from St. Tudno's at 12.00 noon (or at 12.15 pm to allow time to attend the short Eucharist service on the first Sunday in each month).  The service is free to the users but donations towards the cost are welcome. 




Winter service season
From October to April, inclusive, there will a Sunday service at 11.00 am at St. Tudno's once a month, usually on the fourth Sunday. The service in November will include readings and prayers for Christ the King Sunday, as part of the Parish Month of Prayer.  The service will be at 3.00 pm on Sunday 23 November and will be followed by refreshments. 

Carols by Candlelight will be on Sunday 20 December at 3.00 pm and at 5.00 pm.     


Please use this link to see the full list of services at St. Tudno's  in 2014 / 2015.




Boer War Remembrance on Saturday 8 November
There will be a short service in the church at 9.00 am, followed by laying of wreaths at the Memorial in the churchyard. 



Commemoration of the Beginning of the First World War
Details can be found in the church of a self-guided walk visiting First World War Graves and WWI memorials in the churchyard (please note, this does not include the War Graves in the adjoining Great Orme Cemetery).  This will be available throughout the summer and the graves are marked with red ribbons. 









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Recent events

Autumn Working Party
This was on Saturday 18 October and included putting away the benches, cleaning the church and tidying the churchyard.  Cut grass in the churchyard was raked away as part of the management to improve the conditions for wild flowers and wildlife. 



Compline by Candlelight
During the summer these services are held once a month, at 7.30 pm on Tuesday evenings.  The dates this year were:
3 June
1 July
5 August
2 September


Harvest Festival
Sunday 28 September, at 4.00 pm.  There was a collection of tins and packets of food for Conwy Food Bank. 



Friends of St. Tudno's AGM
This was on Saturday 20 September, beginning with a Eucharist at St. Tudno's at 2.00 pm, at which the preacher was Archdeacon Paul of Bangor.  This was followed by the AGM at the Queen's Hotel in Llandudno at 3.30 pm, finishing with Afternoon Tea and a slide show. 


Open Day
Saturday 13 September, 10.00 am - 5.00 pm.  The Friends of St. Tudno's offered refreshments and information on the church and churchyard, there were also a few stalls.  


Open Air Songs of Praise
The annual Songs of Praise service was held at 4.00 pm on Sunday 24 August.  Members of the congregation chose and introduced favourite hymns. 



Recorder concert poster
Commemoration of the Beginning of the First World War
There was a special service on Sunday 27 July at 4.00 pm.  The service will end with a procession to one of the War Graves in the churchyard, for prayers and laying of a wreath.  Refreshments were served after the service and there was an opportunity to follow a self-guided walk visiting the other War Grave and WWI memorials in the churchyard (please note, this does not include the War Graves in the adjoining Great Orme Cemetery). 

WWI commemoration poster


All Age Worship
On Sunday 22 June at 3.00 pm there was an ecumenical service of All Age Worship, led by members of Emmanual Christian Centre.  Their music group lead the singing and everyone joined in a picnic afterwards.  The service will be held in the open air, in beautiful weather. 

St. Tudno's Day
St. Tudno's Day was on Thursday 5 June and was celebrated by a Pilgrimage Walk from Holy Trinity to St. Tudno's.  There was a short act of worship at Holy Trinity at 10.00 am, St. Tudno's Well was visited by kind permission of the landowners and there was a Eucharist at St. Tudno's at 12.30 pm. 

Spring Working Party
This took place on Saturday 17 May and the chuch and churchyard were prepared for the summer season of services, including setting out the benches used at the open air services. 

Friends of St. Tudno's Church Fair
This was on Saturday 10 May and was held in Holy Trinity church hall.  The Friends are currently raising money for replacement of the screen doors and window coverings. 

Easter
The Easter Vigil service was held at St. Tudno's at 5.30 am on Easter day.  The service included lighting of the new Paschal candle from a new fire, renewal of Baptismal vows and the first Eucharist of Easter.  The service was followed by a cooked breakfast.

Easter Vigil

Easter breakfast


Archdeacon's Visitation
In March, Archdeacon Paul of Bangor (centre in the photo) began his visit to the parish with Morning Prayer at St. Tudno's. 

Archdeacon's Visitation



Carols by Candlelight 2013
The annual services were held on Sunday 22 December at 3.00 pm and 5.00 pm and both services were well attended.  There were two services as the service is very popular but the church is small.  There are more photographs on the Special Events and Friends of St. Tudno's pages. 


Carols by Candlelight

3.00 pm service. 
Carols by Candlelight

5.00 pm service.




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Please use these links for information on and photographs of events and services at St. Tudno's during 2006-7, 2008, in 2009, in 2010, in 2011 in 2012 and in
2013.


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Prayers

These prayers were written by Revd Jane Allen, for some of our St. Tudno prayer cards and were inspired by the presence of God which can be felt in the church and the beauty of the surrounding countryside.

Lord and Father, we thank you for the beauty of this place which you created.

In all the uncertainties of our world, may the hills which stand steadfast and sure about us speak of the steadfastness of your love; may the sea around us with its eternal ebb and flow keep us aware of your ever-flowing grace; may the open sky above us remind us that your mercy is always offered to us. 

Help us to remember that we are part of your Creation and that you cherish us and hold us in the palm of your hand. 

Amen
Great Orme near St Tudno's Church
Great Orme near St. Tudno’s Church




Snowdonia fron the Great Orme
Snowdonia from the Great Orme
Loving Father, when the way seems difficult, when the day seems weary, when we are troubled, or lonely, or sad, lift us up into your presence, just as the hills are lifted up. 

Comfort us with the knowledge of your love, nourish us with the beauty of mountain and valley, sea and sky spread out before us. 

Thus strengthened and refreshed, may we journey on, trusting that you will guide us in the steep places, show us the pathway when it is hidden or uneven, walk with us wherever our road may lead. 

We ask this in the name of your dear Son, who is the way, the truth and the life. 

Amen



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Please use these links for websites with information on Llandudno and the Great Orme and on events and businesses in Llandudno
Information on other churches in Llandudno can be found on the Cytûn (Churches Together in Llandudno) website:  Cytûn - Llandudno Churches Together
Information on other ancient churches in Wales can be found at this website:  http://attractions.walesdirectory.co.uk/Churches_and_Chapels.htm 




Photographs © C. Jones
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