Thanks Katherine, interesting.
It occurs to me that to portray a more complete picture I should also have
mentioned that chapels frequently got their ministers from theology students
at colleges/academies such as Carmarthen and Brecon, being 2 often mentioned
in these chapel histories.
I even have seen instances where a chapel has approached a student well
before he's completed his studies.
For further reading regarding these colleges, see Aidan's 'tour de force' on
Genuki Wales http://www.genuki.org.uk/big/wal/
Help Page http://home.clara.net/tirbach/hicks.html
----- Original Message -----
From: "Katherine Hocking" <km.hocking(a)btopenworld.com>
To: "Gareth" <gareth(a)tytwp.plus.com>; "Dyfed"
Sent: Tuesday, February 24, 2009 8:45 PM
Subject: Re: [Dyfed] Poaching ministers?
Hi All, I remember this happening when I was quite young. The
Church in Neath poached a minister from Llanelli and because Mother was
Llanelli she was asked in a roundabout way to discover if he had any known
It was common to ask other ministers to visit and preach especially at
Special Services, do not remember what they were for but could have been
anniversary services. Ministers were asked not to preach for longer than
about 20 minutes, one went on and on interminably and we watched all the
females in the congregation slip out very quietly, so that they could
the sunday roast
We entertained a number for Sunday lunch and tea and as a youngster it was
quite an ordeal.
I think it still happens but with both a shortage of ministers and a
or downsizing of independant churches many now have to share a minister.