News by email Donate


bannerScreenshot 2024-06-19 122420.png
Google Earth
thumbScreenshot 2024-06-19 122420.png
Google Earth
Church News

'My eyes weren't exactly dry that day': Delight as Welsh church re-opens after decade of closure

by Lydia Davies

A church in North Wales that has been without services for over a decade has reopened, thanks to a community effort and the blessing of the Archbishop of Wales.

St Mary’s was among the estimated 2,000 to 3,500 churches in Britain that have closed down over recent years. But the church, originally opened in 1870, welcomed worshippers back in June 2024.

In an interview with ITVX, the church's vicar, Rev Kevin Ellis, said: "There's been real teamwork between the community and the church."

Even during its closure, the church held services for Christmas, Easter, and Epiphany. Over the years, the push to reopen the church grew stronger, according to ITVX.

Rev Ellis, who oversees nine churches in the large parish of Bro Madryn, credited the enthusiasm of the Friends of St Mary’s for making a compelling case to reopen.

He stated: "It's the Friends' enthusiasm, and the willingness to have a go, that made the argument. Then it's down to the Bishop to say yes."

On Sunday 9th June, the church celebrated its grand reopening with the presence of the Archbishop of Wales, who is also the Bishop of Bangor.

Annie Sanson from Friends of St Mary’s expressed her emotions to the news outlet about the reopening, saying: "My eyes weren't exactly dry that day. This is now open and it's - oh, it's fantastic."

A Monthly Gift Of $11 Makes A World Of Difference

In a world of fake news there’s never been a greater need for quality Christian journalism. Premier’s mission is to provide the Church with the most up to date and relevant news, told from a Christian perspective. But we can’t do it without you.

Unlike many websites we haven't put up a paywall — we want to keep our journalism free at the point of need and as open as we can. Premier’s news output takes a lot of time, money and hard work to produce. No one in the USA is sharing news like we are across radio, magazines and online so please help us to continue that today.

For a monthly gift of $11 or more we’d also be able to send you a free copy of the brand new Premier Bible, a wonderful Anglicised version of the NLT packed with exclusive bonus content, reading plan and resources to help you get the most out of scripture.

Your monthly support will make a world of difference. Thank you.

Support Us
Continue the conversation on our Facebook page

Related Articles

Sign up to our newsletter to stay informed with news from a Christian perspective.

News by email