St Deiniol’s Church, Hawarden

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Welcome – Croeso from The Rector, Rev’d Canon Andrea Jones

Our Church is open every day for private prayer and meditation in addition to our regular Sunday and Midweek services. We are a family-oriented church and encourage you to become involved in the life and witness of our extensive worshiping community.

As usual, regular Sunday Holy Eucharist services are at 8.00 am and 10.00 am. All are welcome, we can join in singing the hymns, psalms and responses and there is no need to “book” a place – just come along. Following our 10.00 am Sunday service, refreshments will be available in the Tithe Barn. On Thursday mornings we join together for Morning Prayer at 9.00am and our Midweek Eucharist service is on Thursdays at 10.30am. No need to book. All are welcome and afterwards a cup of coffee will be served in the Tithe Barn.

Our address: Church Lane, Hawarden, Deeside CH5 3LT Church Office phone: 01244 534912

Sunday 24 March
(Palm Sunday)
8.00am – Holy Communion
10.00am – Sung Holy Communion (Meet at Castle Gates 9.45am)
Monday 25 March9.00am – Morning Prayer
6.00pm – Compline (At St Mary’s)
Tuesday 26 March9.00am – Morning Prayer
2.00pm – Stations of the Cross (At Pantasaph)
6.00pm – Compline (At St Mary’s)
Wednesday 27 March9.00am – Morning Prayer
6.00pm – Compline (At St Mary’s)
Thursday 28 March7.00pm – Maundy Thursday Service & Watch
Friday 29 March2.00pm – Good Friday Service
Saturday 30 March8.00pm – Easter Vigil
Sunday 31 March (Clocks go forward one hour)6.30am – Dawn Service in the Churchyard (By the wooden cross) followed by bacon sandwiches in the Tithe Barn
8.00am – Holy Communion (said)
10.00am – Holy Communion (Sung)
We hope to see you at some of our services – you will be made very welcome!

Sunday 24th March at 2.00pm. Meet in the Tithe barn.

Prizes for the best decorated eggs by a child and for the eggs that roll the furthest (3 eggs per person).

Prize for the best decorated egg by a person over 16.

Every Entrant gets a goodie bag!

Please let us know if you are coming or for more details on 01244 534912 or email:

St Deiniol’s Community Project

View our exciting new display boards in St Deiniol’s Church – open during daylight hours

A message from Rev’d Canon Andrea Jones, Rector, St Deiniol’s: Our beautiful church needs constant care and attention. There will need to be some serious and expensive repairs in the coming years.

The Church Committee has engaged the services of an architect who has been working on some draft proposals. See more about our initial ideas in the small exhibition in our Church within theWhitley Chancel. Please take time to have a look at these and I would like to place on record my thanks to Gareth Jones who has put together the display.

It’s a long road ahead but we have a duty as stewards of this special sacred space to preserve it and ensure it can be a resource for the whole community. I know all of us want to play our part in being good stewards of this sacred space.

Why not use this secure QR code to make a donation to the Church?

Hawarden Village Church School

St Deiniol’s is very involved in school life. The school Vision Statement is reproduced on our Church School Page. For the latest news, please visit the school website:

Links with other churches: Our Church is located in the Borderlands Area of the Escobaeth Llanelwy (Diocese of St Asaph) of the Church in Wales


There has been a church on this site since St. Deiniol, a 6th century Welsh saint, planted his staff here.  William Gladstone, the 19th Century prime minister, worshipped and was married here.   Much of the 13th century building was destroyed by a fire in 1857 which was thought to have been started deliberately.  The church was restored by Sir George Gilbert Scott and the Gladstone family.

The magnificent west window, depicting the Nativity, was the last work of Pre-Raphaelite artist Edward Burne-Jones, a Gladstone family friend and was installed as a thanksgiving for the lives of William and Catherine Gladstone from their surviving children.   It was completed in 1898 shortly after William Gladstone’s death.

The Gladstone memorial chapel, depicting William and Catherine Gladstone lying in the boat of life was completed in  1906.  They are buried at Westminster Abbey.

Please observe on the south wall a list of rectors dating back to the year 1180.

The rood screen is a memorial to Lt. W.G. C. Gladstone MP, grandson of the Prime Minister, given by his mother and sisters.   He was killed in action in France in 1915.

The church clock was made by Joyce and Co. of Whitchurch and dates from 1854.   There is a peal of six bells in the tower, cast by Rudhalls Bell Foundry in Gloucester and installed in 1742 replacing an earlier set. They are rung every Sunday by our resident team of bell-ringers. See photo on the Gallery page

You will see some more pictures of the Church interior on our Gallery page

There is a Boer War memorial cross in the churchyard on the south side.