TWO churches could close in a bold shake up of the Bangor parish.
The Right Reverend Andrew John, Bishop of Bangor, this week announced a report that proposed closing
St Mary's Church in Hirael and St David's Church in Glanadda, with the congegations moving to the cirty's cathedral.
The Venerable Paul Davies, Archdeacon off Bangor, said in his report that previous reports had recommended closing church buildings.
He said: "Whilst each builiding is cherish and loved, the maintenance of five buildings by an average congregation of less than 200 people is both unrealistic and unsustainable.
"Most importantly, the huge task of maintaining large medieval and Victorian buildings is taking away from the primary missional tasks of the church in Bangor - priority if it is to grow in health and number."
The report states that at least £110,000 needs to be spent on St David's church building, with an additional £125,000 is needed to repair the church bells.
A "significant amount" is required for maintenance of St Mary's.
The report offers 15 recommendations for the future of the closed buildings.
These include turning the buildings ointo "controlled ruins" to be used by the public as green space or a "place of peace and tranquility."
The report also states the sites could be developed into commercial ventures that benfit the community, such as workshops, offices or museums.
Other proposed uses include a homeless shelter, sheltered housing and a grave yard.
The report also recommends that Bangor Cathedral becomes the centre of a new Ministry Area, staffed by members of the public and Bangor.
The archdeacon added: "The church needs to re-imagine its role and ensure it provides the necessary resources to meet new and ambitious goals. This report is the first step towards achieving this."
All services in the parish's other churches will remain bilingual with a parish service in the Cathedral at 9.30am on Sunday, a Cathedral service at 11am and a Welsh-language service at 5pm.
The report also recommends enhancing the provision of Church worship and ministry in Welsh with the establishment of a new Welsh-medium congregation in St Peter’s Church, Penrhosgarnedd
A group will be set up to oversee the implementation of the recommendations.
The Bishop of Bangor welcomed the report as "bold, imaginative and dynamic," and added that while the recommendations could not be implemented immediately, change was "inevitable and necessary."
He added: "The church needs to re-imagine its role and ensure it provides the necessary resources to meet new and ambitious goals. This report is the first step towards achieving this."