St Michael’s hopes to draw the crowds with exhibition event

Churches are always looking for new ways to engage with the community, and St Michael’s Church in Manselton has come up with a creative solution.

Later this month, the church will be hosting an exhibition by local artists – including one who needs no introduction to the parish – alongside an opportunity to find out more about the church itself.

“The idea was first suggested by my wife, Dalene West, who is one of the exhibitors,” said Father Andrew Holmes, Vicar of St Michael’s. “She’s the creative one and, when we were thinking about where in Swansea she could exhibit her work, we thought why not the church hall.

“It grew from there and, instead of just having an exhibition with only church people involved, we decided it would be a good opportunity to make it a community event and hold an open church.”

As well as the exhibition, the event will give people an opportunity to get a flavour of the church and its history, including an opportunity to browse through all the marriage and baptism registers from 1906 (when it was built) until the present day. There will also be space for people to sit and reflect, pray and light a candle.

Entry is free and refreshments will be provided.

The exhibition and open church takes place from October 30 to November 4, from 10am to 5pm daily.