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"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…
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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…
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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…
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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.
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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,…
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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…
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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…
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