Friday 3rd March 2017 was Women's World Day of Prayer. This is a global ecumenical movement of informed prayer and prayerful action. It came to these islands through the missionary activity of a Scots woman, Grace Foreman, who heard of the movement at an international missionary gathering in Jerusalem in 1928. The first service was held in Scotland in 1930, then in England in 1932, in Wales in 1933 and Ireland a year later. St David and St Mair participated in the event locally with members of other Churches in Tywyn and Machynlleth.
According to tradition, the Rosary was given to Saint Dominic in an apparition by the Blessed Virgin Mary in the year 1214 in the church of Prouille. This Marian apparition received the title of Our Lady of the Rosary. In 1571, the year of the battle of Lepanto, the Rosary was prayed for a victory in the most important naval contest in human history, October 7, the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary, celebrates the victory at Lepanto, the battle that saved the Christian West from defeat at the hands of the Ottoman Turks. The Rosary is still a popular private devotion within our two Parish communities. There is informal devotion to the Divine Mercy also at St David. The familiar image as described to Saint Faustina can be found in the main body of the Church. Information about the use the Divine Mercy Chaplet is available in the church.
Both the churches of St David and Saint Mair support the Foodbank. Donated food and non food items can be placed in the collection boxes by the entrance. These are then processed for redistribution to people in need referred through - NHS Wales, Gwynedd and Powys Social services and Housing, Credit Union, Citizens Advice Bureau and local housing charities. There are distribution centres spread across the area. Twice a year, church members volunteer to assist with the National Foodbank collection. For further information contact Ron Marshall at St David.
St David has been involved with Tywyn Churches Together for a number of years. As a result of an initiative begun by the Baptist Church in 2014 we have been able to develop a closer working relationships with each other. As a Christian community we have collaborated together to organise ecumenical events such as a Christmas Carol service in the Neuadd Pendre, an Easter morning Sunrise Service outside the Tywyn Leisure Centre, as well promoting existing activities like the annual Walk of Witness. On Good Friday we process from Saint David bearing a wooden cross. We sing and read part of the Gospel outside each of the Churches in Tywyn; praying together before continuing our walk of witness.
Although the Church of Christ the King at Aberdyfi closed in August 2016, Catholics are represented at the Welsh Bible Study at Capel Bethell on Tuesday evenings and Aberdyfi Churches and Chapels Bible Study Group at Neuadd Dyfi on Wednesday night. Both sessions begin at 7.30pm. The 2017 programme will continue until early July. Currently we are studying the way we use the Psalms in everyday life. For further information contact Simon and Margaret Morgan - email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Catholics from St David are represented as part of 'OPEN THE BOOK'. This is an initiative of the Bible Society. Along with members of other Tywyn Churches we enact stories from the Old and New Testaments for the students at Tywyn's Esgol Penybryn. This takes place every Wednesday morning instead of assembly. If you would like to come along and see whether it is something you feel you would like to do just send an email: email@example.com. It is a worthwhile cause, no acting experience is necessary, just a desire to spread God's word and enjoy the pleasure it gives to the students.