More than 180 parishioners and invited guests came together at All Saints’ Oystermouth on Sunday to celebrate its Patronal Festival and to give thanks for the completion of a £850,000 major restoration of their ancient and modern church.
The Festal Eucharist was led by Archbishop John, who commended those involved in the six-year campaign to raise the money needed and who oversaw the delivery of the restoration work.
He also encouraged the parish to use the now “fit for purpose” building for even more community outreach, “as we seek to respond to Jesus’ great commission to ‘go and make disciples of all people”.
Vicar of All Saints’, Canon Keith Evans, said: “Church members gave an impressive £170,000 to the appeal and the fundraising campaign brought in just under £700,000 from grants and trust funds.
“This enabled the parish to re-roof the church, replace the rainwater goods, make structural repairs, rebuild the porch [including toilet and kitchen facilities], install new heating and lighting systems, repair the tower clock and paint and clean the interior.
“After the service of thanksgiving 112 people stayed for a celebratory lunch which was served in the medieval part of Oystermouth’s iconic church. It was a happy day of celebration and thanksgiving.”