St Thomas’s Church, Penybontfawr
Please contact the Llanrhaeadr group
Penybontfawr is a relatively small community of about 6 square miles and a population of around 250 or so, although a new housing estate has recently been completed. There is a post office cum village store and a public house and the village Welsh medium primary school, serves Llangynog and Hirnant as well as Penybontfawr. The old church school building is used as an activity centre by scouts from the West Midlands. There is a Welsh independent chapel in the centre of the village and a Welsh Presbyterian chapel elsewhere in the parish.
1st Sunday in the month
All Age Worship/Children's service
2nd & 4th Sunday
Services as announced
Services are predominantly in English, usually with a Welsh hymn and Bible reading.
The church is open during daylight hours all year round and, if for some reason it is not, then key can normally be obtained from the village Post office.
A children's service is held at 9.45am every first Sunday in the month. It is lay led.
St Thomas’s Church is set on the western edge of the village of Penybontfawr. It was built in 1855 to serve the parishioners of the lower part of the large and ancient parish of Pennant whose parish church of St Melangell was more than 4 miles away on the other side of the separate parish of Llangynog. The parish was later divided, the upper portion, with the old parish church being joined to Llangynog and the lower part continuing with the new parish church of St Thomas. The parish name was changed to that of the village to avoid confusion in the year 2000. The building is in the Victorian gothic style and consists of a nave and chancel of slightly unequal height, a south tower and spire at the junction of the nave and chancel, a south porch and a vestry and boiler room on the north side of the chancel. The churchyard, which is still in use, runs down on the north side to the banks of the River Tanat.
Last updated 24th June 2015.