About Govilon

Llanwenarth Baptist Chapel

Govilon Baptist ChapelLlanwenarth Baptist Chapel is situated in the centre of the village of Govilon. Founded in 1652, it is the oldest surviving Baptist fellowship in Wales. The church has gathered for worship on the current site since 1696, with parts of the present building dating back to that first chapel. The long history of this fellowship has been recorded in a book produced for our 350th Anniversary in 2002.

The fellowship is very active, with a variety of mid-week groups (see below). On Sunday about 80 adults and children meet for morning worship and Sunday School. The regular evening service is smaller and more traditional.

There is a fortnightly Bible Study on Monday evenings, giving an opportunity to explore the themes of the previous Sunday’s sermon.

As a fellowship we are proud of our heritage, and our aim is to continue to make a difference – both through our activities within the village and our links to the wider Christian community.

Sunday Services:

Morning – 10.30 am, followed by tea and coffee in the School Room.

Evening – 6.00 pm.

Communion is celebrated as an integral part of the service twice each month – the first Sunday in the evening and the third Sunday in the morning.


Sunday School:
We have a strong Sunday School of about 30 scholars – mainly in the pre-school and Primary School age range. This meets at the same time as the Morning Service, the children leaving for their classes part way through the Service.

Travellers Youth Club caters for those at Secondary School. It meets in Junior and Senior sections on Wednesdays in School Time.

Ladies meet at Sisterhood on every Thursday except for the first Thursday of each month. There is a varied programme provided by the members and by visiting speakers.

Men’s Fellowship:
A small Men’s Fellowship meets at 7.00 pm on the first Thursday of each month.

Craft Guild:
This is a very active Group, meeting at 7.00 pm on two Mondays each month to undertake a variety of craft activities. Among the projects undertaken has been a wall hanging depicting the history of the fellowship, made for our 350th Anniversary.

Luncheon Club:
The Luncheon Club was set up with the co-operation of Age Concern and Monmouthshire County Council. It meets every other Wednesday at 11.30 am, providing a simple meal and an opportunity for companionship for retired members of the village community.

For more information, contact the minister, Rev. Peter Baines

Tel: 01873 831619

Supported by Dafydd Vaughan