Save St Teilo's: Save Our Community

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Our message:

We are clear in our resolve that St Teilo’s should remain an inclusive, flourishing, open church, and that the current congregation should be given the opportunity to continue its growth.

St Teilo's has been passionate in its welcoming of people of all genders and sexualities, those with mental health problems, and people on the margins of society. Without exception. We have held joint faith days with a local mosque, organised the first ever mental health hustings, and held a fundraising concert for Stonewall - and more! We've also created and nurtured our community pop-up, The Meeting Room Cafe.

Alongside this, we have an active arts programme administrated by St Teilo Arts, and have had numerous artists performing from across the world, including renowned conductor Sir Charles Mackerras, and host regular concerts for the City of Cardiff Symphony Orchestra, the Welsh Musical Theatre Orchestra, and are home to the first Archive Ensemble Music Festival in 2019.

We appeal to the Diocese of Llandaff to reverse its decision to place a new resource church in the place of ours. We the undersigned express our dismay that the decision was taken without consultation and we urge a change is made.


In March 2019 the members of the Church of St Andrew and St Teilo in Cathays, Cardiff, have been informed that a decision has been made by the Bishop of Llandaff, June Osborne, to give their church away to a team of evangelical preachers trained in association with Holy Trinity Brompton. This was made with no consultation with the clergy or members of the congregation and wider community and she says the decision is final.

These are the facts as we understand them. Holy Trinity Brompton are an evangelical church based in London who set up what are known as resource churches in buildings around the UK. Their particular aim is to appeal to people aged 18-35, with a different style of preaching and worship. The plan is that they will start renovating St Teilo’s church around January 2020 and that they will re-launch the church with their own church services and other activities from September 2020. They are sending 4 worship leaders who will be in charge of the new way of doing things.

This means an end to the traditional services, led by the choir, that we have in this building and that reach out to many people of all ages and, ironically, particularly to young people. There are also question marks as to what would happen to the 3 organs in the church.

We are told that the new church will have a full schedule of activities throughout the week and that therefore this changeover would also mean the end to St Teilo’s Arts and all the concerts, rehearsals and other activities that already go on in this church. We also wouldn’t be able to use the building for the wonderful and highly popular Meeting Room Café, a vegetarian and vegan community café which takes place on the first Saturday of every month.

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