Swansea Region, Wales

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Rosie Buxton was inducted as the CRCW for the Swansea Region of Churches in September 2011. Rosie has been working within the Region Ministry Team to build confidence and understanding of the role of church in community and develop community projects. 

Through a process of re-imagining the Swansea Region recognised the overall need to be ‘making missionary churches’ – equipping each local church to become church-in-community. The theology of the churches in the region is diverse but there is a heart to bear witness to Jesus Christ in their communities, to see people coming to faith, and to recognise and build for the Kingdom of God in our region.  

The region consists of a number of URC churches (some of which are LEP’s) within a small geographical area in Swansea and Llanelli. This post-industrial area was previously dominated by coal mining and steel and tin works - includes rural and coastal areas, and the Gower area of outstanding natural beauty. Rosie is based at Christwell Community Project in the residential area of Manselton where there is already and established church and community project. Carmarthen Road is sited a mile nearer the City centre, where it is hoped that refurbishment of the building will open up new possibilities for engaging with the local community.  

Not far from Carmarthen Road lies Hill URC, separated geographically by the main road and the Hill. Uniting Church Sketty lies on the other side of Swansea in a predominantly middle class area near to Singleton Park, hospital and Swansea University. Further East in the seaside village of Mumbles resides Tabernacle URC.  Lying close to the heart of the village, its buildings are hired by many community groups, and also serve as a venue for summer concerts. Gowerton lies 5 miles North West of the City Centre. It is a popular village with a number of new housing projects that are expanding population. Further out and across the Loughor estuary into Carmarthenshire lies Llanelli, a very distinct community served by Hall Street Church (Methodist and URC) an LEP formed after Park URC, which previously housed the Park Community Project, had to close its buildings. Redevelopment of the Hall Street premises is ongoing, with a view to developing better community facilities.