Aberavon’s new Team Vicar is already a familiar face around the benefice – for the Revd Rhun ap Robert has been the assistant curate for the past two and a half years.
He will be licensed in his new post by the Assistant Bishop of Llandaff, David Wilbourne, on Friday, February 17, at St Agnes Church, Aberavon, at 7.30pm. All are welcome.
Rhun, a former Welsh tutor who originates from North Wales, moved to Aberavon with his wife Magdalena and their three young children after his ordination at Llandaff Cathedral in 2014. He now takes over as Team Vicar from the Revd Ben Rabjohns who left last year after two years in the position.
Early on in his curacy Rhun was given the responsibility of being the project manager of the Christmas Nativity Play – an ecumenical project which brings the story of the birth of Jesus Christ to the people of Port Talbot by the people of Port Talbot.
“It was a wonderful opportunity to get to get to know the people and churches of the town and to establish good relationships. The project also taught me a great deal about discipleship and that bringing good fruit to bear can only be done with faith,” said Rhun.
As part of the fundraising efforts to stage the Nativity play, keen cyclist Rhun cycled from St Mary’s Church, Port Talbot to Bethlehem, West Wales – raising £1,400.
“Staging the Nativity each year in the town centre is now an excellent example of how we can take the message of Christ’s love, care and compassion out into the community – that for me is part of my work as a priest. We have to follow Christ’s example and go out into the community and let people know about God through social actions.”
A first language Welsh speaker Rhun is keen to utilise his Welsh in his ministry. In his spare time he sings with the Port Talbot based Cymric Male Voice Choir.
“We are delighted to be staying in Aberavon as the people here have welcomed my family and I so warmly.”
Bishop David said, “Rhun has already made a significant impact as assistant curate in Aberavon, not least directing the town-wide Nativity plays over the last couple of years, which have caught the imagination of so many people, drawing them to the true meaning of Christmas. Rhun is a man who is true and deep, a first language Welsh speaker who has taught the language and whose faith and ministry are driven by Welsh spirituality and culture at its best.
“He follows the steps of our patron saint, St David, who tenderly attended to the little things, making sure that those who were written off by the world did not feel written off by God – quite the opposite in fact, Jesus hailed the forsaken and the forgotten as the star players in his Gospel script which runs and runs. As I license Rhun as team vicar, I wish him and his delightful wife Magdalena and their three sons every blessing.”
Picture of Revd Rhun ap Robert.