This Sunday is Sea Sunday, and in normal times Don and Sally Griffiths would have
decorated the church with their wonderful collection of naval and maritime flags. Don
would have paraded the standard of the Carmarthen Branch of the Royal Naval Association,
and we all would have enthusiastically sung ‘For those in peril on the sea’ and ‘Will your
anchor hold in the storms of life’.
One of the great privileges of my time in this parish has been to serve as Chaplain to the
local Royal Naval Association. Christ Church has a special link with the Navy through one of
our Carmarthen heroes, Stoker Billy Jenkins, a former chorister, who lost his life when HMS
Kelly was torpedoed during the Second World War. His sister, the late Mrs Edna Evans (a
secret heroine because of her work with the code-breakers of Bletchley Park), used to
commemorate him every Remembrance Sunday. The symbol of the RNA is an anchor. In
Christian tradition this represents hope – ‘which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both
sure and steadfast…’ (Hebrews 6.19). As the chorus of my favourite Sea Sunday hymn puts
it: ‘We have an anchor that keeps the soul steadfast and sure as the billows roll, fastened to
the Rock which cannot move, grounded firm and deep in the Saviour’s love’.
Diane Dunbar has just moved to Ammanford (though she promises to keep in touch with
Christ Church). Diane was the last child to be christened in St Barbara’s, the little mission
church in Blue Street, on the site of the present bus station. She has taught dance to
generations of children from Carmarthen and beyond (her former pupils include Kristie our
curate). She was also Secretary of the Hall Committee for many years. She even bravely
attempted to teach me line dancing. Every blessing to Diane and her family for the future.
My last Welsh service in Christ Church will be on Sunday 8 August at 11am and my last
English service in Christ Church will be on Sunday 15 August at 9.15am.
Delyth has kindly distributed a declaration by the LMA Dean (Canon Dr Matthew Hill) about
future service arrangements after my departure. Please address any queries to her.
SERVICES: Sunday 11 July (Trinity 6) 9am ZOOM EUCHARIST (p.170); 11yb CYMUN
BENDIGAID yn yr Eglwys (t.170); Wednesday 14 July (John Keble) 10.30am HOLY
EUCHARIST in church (p.285); Sunday 18 July (Trinity 7) 9.15am HOLY EUCHARIST in church
(p.172); Wednesday 21 July (St Mary Magdalene transferred) 10.30am HOLY EUCHARIST in
church (p.258). Please contact ROSEMARY BOWEN (English services) or MALCOLM JONES
(gwasanaethau Cymraeg) to ensure a place at services in church. The Reverend Delyth
Richards can provide information about the Zoom Evening Prayer at 5pm on Sundays
(which has sometimes had to be cancelled recently) and about Llangunnor services. I can
let you know about services at Llannewydd/Newchurch. Canon Patrick