THE NEW Archbishop of Wales and Bishop of Swansea and Brecon, John Davies, joined worshippers at St Afan’s Church, Llanafan Fawr, for a thanksgiving service to celebrate its new roof on Sunday, October 8.

The roof, which cost £75,000, was made possible thanks to a grant from the Listed Places of Worship Roof Repair Fund and the church was full for the special service, which also marked St Afan’s harvest festival.

Archbishop John said: “All the hard work which has gone into this has not been to simply preserve an old building, it’s to help preserve a family home, one of those homes to which God’s people come.

“We don’t keep places like this open just for the sake of keeping them open - they’re not museums, they’re not places we worship for what they are - they are places where the family comes to worship, to learn about what it means to be God’s people.”