St Giles Parish Church in Wrexham, home to a rare and recently discovered first edition of the King James Bible, is to feature in BBC TV’s Songs of Praise on Sunday (2 October).

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Filmed at Wrexham’s Parish Church the programme will hear from the town’s Vicar, the Revd Dr Jason Bray who found the seventeenth century book in a store cupboard last year.

Dr. Bray who is a former lecturer in biblical studies at St Michaels’ College, Llandaff explains to Songs of Praise presenter, David Grant, how the language of and phrases from of the King James Bible still influence popular culture today.  He said: “The programme celebrates Black History Month and Songs of Praise came to Wrexham to consider how the King James Bible has impacted on the music scene and Caribbean culture in particular.

“A good example of this is the words of Bony M’s ‘By the Rivers of Babylon’ which come straight from Psalm 137 in the King James Bible.

“As part of the programme I explain how I came to find our first edition when I was clearing out cupboards in the church last October.  The National Library of Wales authenticated the book and we hope one day to property display it inside the church.”

The first edition of the King James Bible dates from 1611.  Some 54 Greek and Latin scholars worked on what was to become the official version of the bible for the Church of England and one of the greatest literary works in the English language.

Dr Bray added: “Every church would have had such a bible at the time but it’s remarkable that this has remained within the church for more than four hundred years.

“St Giles itself dates from the 1330s but was completely rebuilt in the late fifthteenth century.

“We still have the wooden lectern dating from 1524 on which the bible would have been placed.”

St Giles also has a copy of the Welsh Bible dating from 1620.  Both are currently housed in a secure storeroom.

You can watch Dr Bray and find out more about Wrexham’s King James Bible on Songs of Praise, BBC1, on Sunday 2nd October at 4.15pm.

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Deryl Roberts and Tricia Hamill won the Wrexham League of Friends Sponsored Walk Trophy for St. Giles’ this year, raising money for valuable equipment for Wrexham Maelor Hospital.  Many thanks to all their sponsors.  This is the tenth time the trophy has come to St. Giles’.  Deryl and Tricia would very much welcome others to join them next year.



ORGAN RECITAL   Tomorrow’s recitalist will be Ian Stinson from All Saints’, Thornton Hough.  Lunch will be available as usual at 12pm.


MEMORY CAFÉ      On Tuesday, we shall be holding the first meeting of the first MEMORY CAFÉ in Wrexham here in St Giles’, from 1-3pm.  We shall be providing two hours for companionship along with some pleasant and stimulating activities, including crafts and music, and of course tea/coffee and cake.  Please see Stella, Amanda or Ann if you would like more information.

SOMERSET ART GROUP  We are pleased to be welcoming this group on Wednesday morning, sharing with them our many architectural and historical treasures in the unique atmosphere we provide for all our visitors

WIDER MINISTRY TEAM   On Saturday, the Mission Area Clergy will be joined by Lay Readers, Worship Leaders and Pastoral Assistants for a day of reflection in Gresford, led by Canon John Benson, formerly of the Diocese of Singapore, now an Associate of ReSource

GRESFORD PIT DISASTER  The flower display, which has been sponsored, at the memorial window in the RWF Chapel, commemorates the 266 men and boys who lost their lives on 22ndSeptember 1934.


ST.GILES’ ON SONGS OF PRAISE  Next Sunday (2nd October), Jason our Vicar will be seen on Songs of Praise talking about our precious copy of the King James Bible.


UPDATES   Please note that in addition to this weekly News Sheet there are regular updates of news and events to be found on our official website/;  as well as on our Facebook page.


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The first MEMORY CAFE in Wrexham will take place here at St. Giles’ on Tuesday 27th September 2016 between 1-3pm.  Further sessions will be held on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month.  There will be a range of activities available as well as companionship and refreshments.


ORGAN RECITALS   Tomorrow’s recitalist will be Colin Porter from Mossley Hill, Liverpool.  Lunch as usual will be available from 12pm


GRESFORD PIT DISASTER 1934   The commemoration of the loss of 266 men and boys on 22nd September 1934 will be marked by a memorial flower display, which has been sponsored, by the memorial window in the RWF Chapel.


VISITS   We have a number of visits this week – over forty Year 10 pupils from St. Joseph’s will spend Tuesday morning here, followed by the BBC who will be coming to see the St James’ Bible.  We will be welcoming also Bellringers from Mold on Wednesday, and they will be followed by the Wrexham Civic Society.  It is good to be able to host such a variety of groups at St. Giles’.


WREXHAM SINGING STREETS   On Saturday (24th September), there will be over 25 choirs singing on the streets of Wrexham between 10am and 4pm, with a Mass Sing at 3pm in Queen’s Square – in St Giles’, if the weather becomes unfriendly!


MOTHERS’ UNION   Please remember the Coffee Morning also on Saturday between 10am-12pm.  The cost is £1.50.


MEMORY CAFÉ  The first Memory Café in Wrexham will take place here at St Giles’ on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month between 1-3pm, starting on Tuesday 27th September. There will be a range of activities available as well as companionship and refreshments. Please note the adjustment to the dates, and spread the word if you can.




SUPPORTING ST GILES’: We are grateful for all gifts. To give a one-off gift: Or a monthly gift here: