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Cardiff Street Pastors - Recruiting New Volunteers

Cardiff Street Pastors are currently recruiting for new street pastors and night base team members.  If you could please advertise this in your church or you know if anyone is interested in joining either teams please ask them to contact Jackie Bradshaw, Street Pastor Coordinator, Tel: 02920 512247; email:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . The work of Cardiff Street Pastors continues to go well and every Friday & Saturday night we have teams out in Cardiff City Centre that are able to help many vulnerable people. Here are some statistics taken from our reports for the last 3 months which is a summary of our actions…

"The Case for Christ" New Movie comes to Showcase

A new movie "The Case for Christ" will be opening at Nantgarw Showcase cinema for three days on Friday 15th, Saturday 16th and Monday 18th September. The film tells the story of atheist and 'Chicago Tribune' journalist Lee Strobel who felt he had lost his wife when she became a Christian. It reenacts his search to find out whether what she believed is true. Lee subsequently became a pastor at Willow Creek Church in Illinois. This is what Film Review Site Rotten Tomatoes says "A hard-driving journalist, Lee Strobel was exactly where he expected to be at work: on top. His award-winning investigative reporting…

Newport Night Shelter getting ready for a ninth year

This winter will mark 9 years of Newport Nightshelter! During this time they have provided 7886 emergency bed spaces to those who find themselves homeless during the cold winter months. They couldn’t do this without the partnering churches / volunteers – they are grateful to everyone who has been involved with the project. They provide a hot supper and drinks, a warm, safe bed for the night, toiletries, breakfast in the morning, and genuine friendship. Over and above meeting the immediate need for emergency shelter, they try to get to know our guests and tailor the support we offer to their individual needs. This commonly…

The Sanctuary Newport becomes The Gap

September sees the Sanctuary, Newport and organisation committed to helping and supporting Refugees and Assylum seekers transfer to a new CIO, called The Gap Wales. What they do will remain unchanged; the change is mostly for administrative purposes. They have secured another three years additional funding for the Project Manager's role on a full time basis. We are delighted to welcome the Sanctuary's founder, Mark Seymour, who is joining our staff on a part-time basis from 1st September. He will bring his experience of working in education along with his substantial knowledge of the refugee sector. Sarah Croft will continue in her part-time role, with…

Beth's story of what happened when she tried alpha!

Alpha is a great oppertunity to find out more about the Christian faith. Have you tried alpha?Beth's youth was filled with worry about fitting in. She stopped her doing a lot of the things she enjoyed for fear they would be seen as uncool. Then one day, a friend invited her to try Alpha. This friend had everything Beth wanted: security, identity and acceptance. Find out what happened to Beth after she tried Alpha watch the video.

Counties Evangelist continue to serve at Royal Welsh Show

Counties evangelists reported a good turnout at the Royal Welsh Show recently. The witness for Jesus continued at the Show for the 43rd year. A team - led by Counties evangelist Phil Davies - welcomed thousands of people into a hospitality tent at the popular agricultural show. Phil said: "Thousands of folk have come into the tent for a cuppa, some literature, chat or to watch the puppets! We have had a large team working with us from age 14 to over 70 from all across the U.K. and even Poland. This year six Counties families have been involved which…

Forget Edward I: It’s Pantycelyn’s genius we should be celebrating

An Article written by Aled Gwyn Job on the legacy of a great welshman Every nation seeks to celebrate its own particular genius in various ways, and utilise those celebrations to re-affirm its nationhood, and proclaim its own unique contribution to the world.  Wales has plenty of its own and we’ve just set up a petition calling on the Welsh Government to recognise one of the greatest of them all. It’s a shame that in this Year of Legends the Welsh Government has found £400,000 to shell out on the iron ring celebrating Edward I’s subjugation of Wales, but have not celebrated a…

Light Parties: An Idea for sharing Jesus at Halloween

Scripture Union has launched their new Light Party pack for Halloween The packs help churches use the event to share the Christian faith in their community. This year's pack includes advice from children and youth mission experts on how to make the most of the opportunity to reach out and it's full of new ideas for games, crafts and activities, and tips on planning. A Light Party is a great way to introduce families who don't usually go to church to the gospel. Chris Walton, from The Church of the Ascension, Hall Green in Birmingham, has shared the story of…

Could you become a roof breaker?

Alliance member Through the Roof is calling for more Roofbreakers in church. The charity which works with those with disabilities has just signed up the 100th Roofbreaker. Roofbreakers help those with disabilities belong and participate in the life of the church. Through the Roof's newest Roofbreaker, Lisa, said: "I signed up because my husband has a condition called Charcot Marie Tooth and uses a wheelchair. Our youngest daughter has also inherited the condition and has mild learning difficulties too. "Over the years we've had experience of some of the challenges people with disabilities face in churches and also at large Christian events,…

Mission Academy Live: helping young people share Jesus

A new training programme has been announced to help young people in evangelism. Mission Academy Live has been developed in response to research which revealed almost a quarter of young people follow Jesus. The programme will train young people in peer-led evangelism. Phil Timson, youth director at HOPE said: "Whatever young people mean when they identify as "followers of Jesus", it means we have a great starting point as we seek to equip young Christians." "The research didn't define "church", so for a young person this might include chapel services at faith schools, youth groups, Bible studies, prayer events or…

Sport Marvel Bible Fund Appeal

One of the greatest joys of Sporting Marvels 15 year journey has been to present thousands of 10 & 11 year olds with an age appropriate NLT Bible in school. During this school year (2016/2017) the Mighty Marvels Programme has involved 21 primary schools and nearly 700 Year 6 (age 10 & 11) pupils, all being taught weekly 2 hour lessons on the Life of David, The Life of Jesus and the Life of the Church. Each year we aim to raise the necessary funds to gift every last one of them with their own Bible to take home because…

The Best Selling "The Shack" comes to the big screen

MIISED THE MOVIE OUT ON DVD FROM 16th OCTOBER 2017 The Shack, the film based on William P Young’s New York Times Number One best selling book has been given a UK release date of 9th June 2017. The Shack is being directed by Stuart Hazeldine. The cast is lead by Sam Worthington (Avatar) who will play lead character Mackenzie Phillips. With Tim McGraw, Octavia Spencer, Forest Whitaker, Graham Greene, Radha Mitchell, Aviv Alush and Alice Braga also staring in the film The film is based on William P Young’s New York Times Number One best selling book. The Shack follows Mack Phillips (Sam…

Amazing children’s app Guardians of Ancora now in Welsh

Welsh Christians were so impressed with Scripture Union’s award-winning children’s app Guardians of Ancora, that they’ve gone to extraordinary lengths to have the game in their native language. After discussions began with Scripture Union about how a Welsh version could be developed, it took only 9 months to raise enough funds for the translation work to begin. The monumental fundraising effort raised £30,000 and received support from all major denominations as well as many trusts and a variety of volunteers gave time and resources, including S4C's flagship children's presenter Martyn Geraint, who recorded the Ancora song. Guardians of Ancora, or…

Opening the Book for Cardiff’s Children

Everyone loves a good story – telling them and listening to them – and stories are all around us, on the news, soaps, documentaries, books, films and social media. What story could be more important to tell today than God’s story, found in the Bible? The Bible is often described as the greatest story ever told, but for most people the Bible is a boring, irrelevant, closed book. But now, across the UK, children are seeing the Bible ‘come to life’ in their schools through Open the Book, which is part of the Bible Society. Teams of volunteers from local…

Creating a culture of invitation in your church

Twelve years ago a simple truth turned my life around – that before you can welcome someone to your church you have to go through the fear barrier of inviting them! I was working on the Back to Church Sunday project, which developed in 18 countries and has allowed me to conduct over 850 focus groups across multiple denominations and streams. In my research I discovered that, although most of us would like to invite people to church, more than 80 per cent of us have no intention of doing so. Other research underlines this. The Evangelical Alliance’s ‘21st Century…

Elections 2017 - Ask the questions!

In April, Prime Minister Theresa May surprised the whole country by calling for an election on 8th June. While unexpected, this campaign season brings opportunities for Christians to engage in the process and shape both the policies which are proposed and the atmosphere in which we debate them. We are encouraging Christians to ask themselves, and the candidates running for election, what kind of society do we want? Take a look at the Evangelical Alliance's election resources, focusing on the themes of love, freedom, justice and truth. Find out more here

Books for Life

A great new website has been created by the founder of “Safe for Families” Krish Kandiah. It is called “Books for Life” Why Books for Life ? Krish says “I remember the day I bought my first Bible. I had become a Christian through a friend explaining his faith to me among the Bunsen burners in our school chemistry lab. I saved up my earnings from my Saturday job and looked up my local Christian bookshop. The elderly owner was a bibliophile and I was a brand-new Christian hungry for anything that would help me grow in my faith, so…

Supporting Places of Worship in Wales Survey 2017

You are invited to take part in a short survey about your place of worship. Organised by the National Churches Trust, the survey is aimed at people who look after churches, chapels and meeting houses across Wales. Your participation will help us to identify the current and upcoming challenges for places of worship in Wales and will help inform the new Welsh Places of Worship Forum. The Forum is campaigning to raise awareness and funds for churches and chapels across the country and through this survey they aim to get greater help and support to you. This is your opportunity…