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The Church of St. Catherine
Organisations Sunday School: 11.00 am St Catherine’s Flower Guild: Contact: Josie Henrywood, 01639 637447 St Catherine’s Keep Fit - Church Hall: Wednesdays 7 pm - 8.30 pm Contact: Wyneira Hale, 01639 643649 Neath Wado Kai Karate Club - Church Hall Tuesday & Thursday 6.30 pm - 9 pm Contact: Lydia Stephen, 07976 975366 Georgie Porgie Playgroup (Flying Start) - Church Hall Weekdays 8.30 am - 11.30 am Contact: Carolyn George, 01639 644827 History of the Church An Anglican place of worship serving the community of Melincryddan, Neath can be traced back to at least the middle of the 19th century. The present church of St. Catherine, however, was consecrated and dedicated on Thursday 23rd April 1891 by the then Lord Bishop of Llandaff the Right Reverend Richard Lewis. The Church, which was designed to accommodate in excess of 500, cost some £3000. Although the Church is dedicated to Catherine of Alexandria - whose symbolic 'Catherine Wheel' is incorporated in the Reredos - it is more likely that the building owes its dedication to the fact that one of its principal founders and benefactors was a certain Miss Catherine Place, a local lady who ministered for many years to the wants of the sick and the poor in the local community. Built of native stone with Bathstone facings in Gothic style, with the bell turret over the chancel St. Catherine's has several interesting features: The, already mentioned, carved wooden Reredos incorporating both the Catherine Wheel and the Llandaff Diocesan Coat of Arms; The marble pulpit and the font given to mark the opening of the Church; The later gift of the imposing brass eagle lectern. The pipe organ, which now stands in the Church, was built at the turn of the century. St. Catherine' s is also able to boast some impressive stained glass windows. Notably the large East window depicting "Suffer the little children to come unto me" dedicated in 1911. Another window, dating back to 1920 depicts "The Good and faithful Servant". The newest stained glass window depicting Mary and the young child Jesus was given in 1970. Today, St. Catherine' s remains at the very heart, both geographically and spiritually, of the community of Melincryddan. It also plays an important part in the life of the wider community that is the Rectorial Benefice of Neath. Through its worship and prayer together with the witness of the faithful St. Catherine' s is a powerful witness of God' s love for us and all His creation.
Services Sundays: 11:00 am Eucharist Alternate 3rd Sunday of the Month 11.00 am Combined Eucharist with St. Peter & St. Paul’s Church Who’s Who Rector's Sub Warden: Charles Henrywood People's Sub Warden: Josie Henrywood PCC Members: David Francis, Pat Duncan Sunday School Leader: Melanie Jones