Welcome to Cwmbran Benefice Ministry Area

What a wonderful season we are entering.

Advent is a period of preparation and waiting to celebrate the first coming of our Lord Jesus Christ; and a remembering that He will come again.

It is especially wonderful this year because Year 6 have been undertaking their Confirmation training and on December 13th, 19 candidates will make their Confirmation vows to Bishop Dominic in Saint Gabriel’s Church at 6pm. I do hope you can all come and support the candidates as they make this wonderful step and take their first communion.

As we enter into Advent, on Monday 2nd December at 9.15 there will be an Advent Communion in the school. All are very welcome to join us and to support Year 3 who will leading us in prayer for the first time.

Advent is a wonderful time of anticipation: of hope, of love, of joy and of peace. I wish you all a very Happy Advent.

‘In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. And the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us.’ John 1.1, 14.


A Benefice Ministry Area is a group of churches in the Church in Wales that work together to serve the people in a particular geographical area. Cwmbran Benefice Ministry Area has six places of worship:

  • St Gabriel’s Church, Old Cwmbran is our Mother Church, that is, the main church in our area.
  • Holy Trinity Church, Pontnewydd, is a daughter church.
  • St Mary’s Church, Croesyceiliog, is a daughter church.
  • St Michael’s Church, Llantarnam, is a daughter church.
  • St Peter’s Church, Henllys, is a daughter church
  • Henllys Church in Wales School Worship Centre, which is called The Worship Centre, is a daughter church.

While each church centre has its ‘area’ for pastoral purposes, in fact anyone can go to any church. Each has a slightly different form of worship that may appeal to different people. Some people like to go to their local church, others prefer to find a church that suits their style of worship and prayer.

We encourage people to visit us in any of our locations to find the fit that suits them best, knowing that each church holds the Bible at our centre and the sacraments of the Church in Wales.

A congregation is the group of believers that attend a particular church. A Benefice is the people of a particular area whether or not they attend a particular church. If you live in Cwmbran, you are part of our Benefice and we are here to support you, whatever your need.

The Benefice Ministry Area is led by Reverend Nick Perry. He is our Rector and the spiritual leader of both the clergy and people of Cwmbran. We look to him for guidance about services, information about outreach, and support in our Christian lives. Reverend Perry is based in Old Cwmbran in the Rectory in Clomendy Road and, while he can be found at different services across the Benefice, is based in St Gabriel’s Church. He can be contacted by telephone on 01633 489718 or by email.

As Cwmbran is a large area, Reverend Nick has a second-in-command called a Team Vicar whose job is to support the Rector and clergy of the Benefice as well as take responsibility for key areas of service, outreach and care. Our Team Vicar is Reverend Elizabeth Kerl and she is based in Henllys in the Vicarage in Longhouse Grove, and while she can be found at different services across the Benefice, is based in The Worship Centre and St Peter’s Church. She can be contacted by telephone on 01633 974973 or by email.

In addition to the Rector and Team Vicar, we are blessed to have an experienced team of clergy who work in the different centres. Reverend Frieda Evans can be found in St Michael’s Llantarnam. Reverend Harald Thomas and Reverend Sue Hobbs can be found in Holy Trinity, Pontnewydd.

You will also see Lay Ministers at services and around the Benefice. Lay Ministers are members of the church who are called to support the clergy with sacraments, visiting, teaching, outreach and many other gifts.

Last but not least, we have some wonderful people who are training for different types of service both Lay and Ordained, these will be met in churches across the Benefice accompanied by one of the clergy as they learn what to do and build their skills so that they can go on to lead congregations themselves.

There is plenty going on across the Benefice in addition to our Sunday services. Sunday is the time when we meet to share Holy Communion, fellowship with each other, pray for each other and support each other as we walk with Jesus. During the week there are also Communion services in the different churches.

In addition to these services, there are baptisms, weddings, funerals, prayer meetings, bible studies, fellowship groups, coffee mornings, assemblies and school classes, visits to hospitals, the housebound, care homes, prisons and uniformed groups. 

We support our communities by attending meetings, participating in village fetes and festivities, taking part in fundraising, charity work and volunteering. There’s plenty to choose from and we try to help in any way we can.