Eglwys y Groes (Church of the Cross) in Maesgeirchen, Bangor, will be celebrating their 60th anniversary in September and are planning a number of events for the whole community.

In 1957 the vicar of St. Mary’s church in Bangor, Canon Evan John Jones, felt there should be an Anglican place of worship in Maesgeirchen.

An appeal was launched to raise the £15,000 required to build and furnish the church. Many events were organised including the house to house weekly sale of ‘buy a brick’ for the building, costing one shilling (5p) each, consequently giving the community a great affinity for the building.

Designed by Colwyn Foulkes of Colwyn Bay and built by Watkin Jones, the church was built with a large illuminated cross at the gable end, which still serves as a reminder of the Christian message to all in the community.

On 30th June, 1957, Bishop G.O. Williams, together with the church wardens and congregation, carried a large white cross from St Mary’s church to the site of the church in Maesgeirchen, where it was blessed and planted in the ground where Eglwys y Groes now stands. The completed building was dedicated on the ‘feast of the cross’ on 14th September 1958.

In order to celebrate the 60th anniversary a number of events have been planned.

10 September – Free Disco (ages 5-11) 5:30pm – 7pm

13 September – Community Open Day which includes an exhibition on ‘60 years of EYG’, tea and cakes 10-4pm

14 September – BBQ with the Tenovus Choir 6:30-8pm Adults £2 Children £1. Raffle in aid of Tenovus Choir will be drawn at the BBQ.

15 September – Messy Church, for parents and children (children must be accompanied by an adult) Crafts, activities, games, stories. dressing up and party food. 2-4pm

16 September (Sunday) – A special service will be held at 10.30am led by the Bishop off Bangor, Rev Andrew John and will be followed by a bring and share lunch

All the events are open to everyone to attend, where you will be given a warm welcome and have the opportunity to share memories, perhaps of the church being built or attending Sunday school at the church as a child.