About Church:
the Welsh Free Church is a non-denominational church dedicated to the spiritual life of its members based on a strong belief in the saving grace and restorative power of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
Church services:
include Bible readings in Welsh and English as well as some hymns, which are sung in Welsh (English translations provided).
This church is also one of the few bastions of Welsh religious culture still operating in Australia. As many know this is based on strong protestant beliefs and a unique emphasis on congregations expressing their faith through soul-stirring singing of beautifully crafted hymns.
Sermons:
are short, succinct homilies delivered in the English language dealing with various aspects and challenges of daily life and the Christian approach to their solution.
People who attend:
include those who have a Christian faith as well as the curious from other faiths and/or those seeking a deeper spiritual meaning to their lives.

Welcome


Objects
The objects of the Welsh Free Church are:
* To provide opportunities for its members and any persons who profess a belief in Jesus Christ to engage in Christian worship primarily in English, but with some hymns and Bible readings in both Welsh and English.

The Challenge
Those attending services of worship at the Welsh Free Church has gradually diminished over the last decade or so to dangerously low levels and unless new members are forthcoming its future is highly questionable.
We therefore urgently need your help to keep the flame of Christian Worship at the Welsh Free Church alive for generations to come.
So those of you with Welsh lineage or association please consider helping us.

Current Program of Events
Sunday services: Every fourth Sunday of every month at Trinity Church commencing at 3.00 pm. The homily is always in English with hymns and readings in Welsh and English. Services are always followed by social gathering in the Vestry from 4.00 - 5.00 pm.
Annual - Gymanfa Ganu (Hymn Singing Festival): Fourth Sunday in August at 2.30 pm. This event remains very popular, attracting over 200 or so to join in the singing of a mixture of Welsh and English hymns.
Carol Service: Arranged as appropriate on fourth Sunday in November or December.

Mrs. Sylvia Williams

By Odwyn Jones, President, Welsh Free Church


It is with great sadness, that I report the passing of one of our oldest members, Mrs. Sylvia Williams. Sylvia and her husband John and family arrived in WA in July 1966, and almost immediately immersed themselves in community and Welsh diaspora activities. It wasn't long before John became a member of WA's Legislative Assembly representing the Metropolitan Province, and being elected President of the Welsh Free Church. Indeed it was always a great pleasure to see John leading the Church's annual singing festival (Gymanfa Ganu) from the pulpit with such gusto and panache.

Sylvia was also a great contributor, becoming President of the Welsh Society, whilst being a regular attendee at our monthly church services, until failing health restricted her mobility. Nevertheless, Sylvia and her daughter, the Hon. Liz Behjat, were the designated readers of the Bible readings, in Welsh and English respectively, at this year's St. David's Evensong service at St. George's Cathedral.

Following my brief tribute to Sylvia as a valued friend and colleague:

 

The Sylvia I Knew

 

She loved life, but life

Wasn't always kind to her,

 

A proud Australian,

Who never forgot her roots,

Deep in Welsh speaking vales

Of North Wales.

 

She gave of herself freely

To The Welsh Free Church,

And Welsh Society; and her sweet voice

Will be missed at the Gymanfa Ganu.

 

Her legacies are many;

Warm memories of fun

And laughter, even when in pain.

 

The Sylvia I knew

Will be sorely missed.

She lived her faith,

And gave us so much of her love.

 

Gorwedd mewn Hedd a Phob Bendith Cariad.

 

Odwyn

 

 

COVID-19 and The Welsh Free Church

By Odwyn Jones, President


Unfortunately, due to the coronavirus pandemic all Uniting Church premises in the City will not be open to the public until, at the earliest, the end of May. Consequently, the next Welsh Free Church service of worship cannot take place before the 28th June, and maybe much later.

Indeed, the whole of humanity is in trouble, with an unseen and toxic virus threatening our lives, if not our very existence. This coronavirus is testing all of us. and if we are not careful it will divide us, rather than bring us together.

We're facing an enemy we don't fully understand, and we've no idea when or how we'll get out of our current dire and worsening situation.As someone said recently, social distancing and locked doors can lead to closed hearts, but we as Christians must never allow this to happen, even though we're not at present able to worship together as a congregation.

All the more reason to remember that the Gospel tells us to reach out to the vulnerable and sick. Hence, we need to stay connected as a congregation, whilst at the same time checking on our neighbours, especially those living on their own and/or disabled. These worrying facts lead me to say:

The world darkens by the day,

All I can do is hope and pray -

The light of love will never die

As life becomes a lonely lie.

Let us therefore, as members of the Welsh Free Church, ensure that as long as we have life, the "light of love" will never die, because the God we worship is the source of all goodness and light.. Indeed the Gospel tells us, "we are the light of the world" and that, "we must let our light shine", so  that others can see the light of hope in and through our actions.

Perth Male Voice Choir Annual Concert November 9th 2019


The Perth Male Voice Choir Annual Concert will be held on 9th November 2019 at 2.30pm in Trinity Church, 72 St Georges Terrace, Perth.

Tickets are $15.00. Call 0407 380 210 or 0403 123 679. Tickets also available at the door.

Join the Choir for Wine and cheese after the concert.

GYMANFA GANU - HYMN SINGING FESTIVAL - 2019


The 2019 Gymanfa Ganu will be at the Trinity Church, 72 St Georges Terrace, Perth on Sunday August 25th. This is an annual event held by the Welsh Free Church. 

This year, The Perth Male Voice Choir will be performing at the Gymanfa, which starts at 2.30pm.

There will be refreshments following the service. Entry is free but a collection will be taken and proceeds donated to help the homeless of Perth.

SPECIAL SERVICE WITH Rev. SION HUGHES, and members of THE PERTH MALE VOICE CHOIR.

3.00pm Sunday 25th July with visiting minister from Melbourne Welsh Church


The Welsh Free Church will hold a special service at Trinity Church, 72 St Georges Tce, Perth, on Sunday 7th July 2019, at 3.00pm, led by visiting Minister Rev. Sion Hughes from the Melbourne Welsh Church.

Also present at the service will be members of the Perth Male Voice Choir. 

Everyone welcome, join us for a cuppa and Welsh Cakes afterwards. Contact Pat on 9364 9342

CATHEDRAL SERVICE TO CELEBRATE ST.DAVID

Sunday 24th February 2019 at 5.00pm


An Evensong service will be held, to celebrate St. David, at the Anglican St. George's Cathedral, 38 St George's Tce. Perth, on Sunday 24th February 2019 at 5.00pm. This replaces the Welsh Free Church Service which is usually held on the fourth Sunday of each month.

The next service of the Welsh Free Church will be held in Trinity Church, 72 St. George's Tce. Perth (please use side entrance) at 3.00pm on Sunday 24th March 2019. Please contact Pat on 9364 9342 for further details.

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