After 131 years of serving the local community, St Theodore’s Church in Kenfig Hill has been revamped into a brand-new worship and wellbeing community space.
The official reopening took place on Saturday 18 January with a thanksgiving and rededication service led by Bishop of Llandaff, The Right Reverend June Osborne.
Bishop June said
“The renewal of St Theodore’s has happened at the same time as the Church in Wales celebrates its centenary year. As we look to the future and explore how best the Church can serve the people of Wales, it is a pleasure for me to see a thriving church community who are reaching out to the local community with an offer to serve both their spiritual and wellbeing needs.”
St Theodore’s has retained its historic identity as a historic parish church but opted for a more contemporary and welcoming feel. Pews have been replaced with comfortable seating which can be removed to open up the space as a wellbeing centre for use by community groups. The church benefits from brighter colours and furnishings which lend itself to a more pleasant visitors experience.
Revd Jon Durley, Parish Priest of St Theodore’s, says,
“We are extremely proud of what we’ve achieved and seeing St Theodore’s available for the wider needs of the community. It is exciting and we look forward to developing further partnerships which will enhance people’s sense of wellbeing!”
Worship continues to play a big part in St Theodore’s with services every Sunday and on a Wednesday morning in the parish charity shop, Theo’s. Throughout the week, St Theodore’s offer Tai Chi, Zumba Gold, and Keep Fit for the over 50s. Once a month Goldies Sing and Smile takes place, where all who come sing along to the songs of the ‘50s,’60s and ‘70s. On the second and third Wednesdays of the month the Chatter and Natter group meets.
Since the re-opening of St Theodore’s the building has hosted a charity dinner dance, a puppet show for children, a Christmas wreath making workshop, harvest supper and Sunday lunch , as well as the Community Companions Christmas lunch. Cruse Bereavement Counselling will again be offering their services, beginning in March.
Attending the rededication service was The Mayor of Bridgend County Borough, Councillor Stuart Baldwin, Carwyn Jones AM for Bridgend, Huw Irranca Davies AM for Ogmore, Suzy Davies AM, Councillor Huw David ,Leader Bridgend County Borough Council, Councillor Mike Kearn, Chair Pyle Community Council, Councillor Chris Holmes, Chair Cefn Cribwr Community Council, Andrea Beckett, Vice Chair, Cefn Cribwr Community Council.