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Open Hands, Open Heart a story of Generosity

Rev Ifor Williams and his wife Penny, had been minister at Broad Haven for 21 years left for a pioneer ministry in Breconshire seven years ago. One of the main emphasis during his time at the coastal chapel was on generous giving which has led to him writing a book called ‘Open Hands Open Heart’. It follows the story of God’s generosity as seen in the Bible, interwoven with the couple’s experience in Broad Haven, where they saw God working in peoples’ hearts and providing in wonderful ways. ‘Open Hands Open Heart’ is published by Generous Heart and will be available in book…

Cardiff 'Story' events week - Student sharing some good news!

Yet again the Cardiff annual city-wide mission looms large on the horizon! This year the theme is 'Story' again and will run from13–17 November. Each of the five university Christian Unions have been working hard, planning events for the week to best engage their fellow students. In particular the planning team have been thinking about freedom, satisfaction and purpose. The wonderful thing about the Story theme is that it allows students to not just answer questions, but to give non-believers the chance to hear about the greatest story ever told; that of Jesus Christ! As per previous years we will also host evening events in Highfields Church where all…

A New Centre for a new season for the ministry of Love Wales

Our new centre at Ebbw Vale (above) includes an auditorium for 350-400 people and five acres of land Love Wales have some exciting news to share! On Saturday November 11th from 12pm-4.30pm they have an Open Day at our new Love Wales Festival Mission Centre - and we would love you to come along! For the last two years we have had a Love Wales centre in Merthyr Tydfil which has been a great blessing - although not very big it was somewhere to meet for prayer, administration, meetings and also to host our Revival Ministry School. From November, however, we will be moving to a new centre…

500 Anniversary - How has the Reformation changed society?

Sarah Williams is research professor in the History of Christianity, Regent College.  From Evangelical Alliance Website (This article may be a bit "heavier" than our normal news stories but the reformation has has a great impact on the church in Wales so we though we should recongise its 500th anniversary) If we believe that all human beings are created equal, that they are free to act according to conscience, to speak freely, to be treated fairly before the law; if we believe that rulers should obey the same laws as their subjects, that oppression should be resisted; that leaders should be held to account, that…

Could you help Christian Aid make a difference in Myanmar?

Escalating violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine State in late August 2017 has forced hundreds of thousands of people from their homes, including many Rohingya Muslims who have fled to Bangladesh, fearing for their lives.   More than 500,000 Rohingya refugees have crossed the border into Bangladesh and unknown numbers remain displaced in Myanmar. As villages in Myanmar continue to be destroyed, figures are expected to rise, with up to 15,000 people crossing the border each day. Those fleeing to the border have walked for miles, and for days on end. They have no money for food or shelter. Many mothers are escaping with…

Sports Chaplaincy celebrates 25 years of serving people in sport

On September 7th an event was hosted in Parliament by the Rt Hon Stephen Timms MP, Labour Faith Envoy and Vice Chair of Christians in Parliament to celebrate the great work God has done through Sports Chaplaincy in supporting the sporting world with pastoral and spiritual care for 25 years. The work was started by John Boyers, then a Baptist Minister in Watford, and who is now chaplain to Manchester United. Over the years, and initially through football, the work has grown such that there are now about 475 sports chaplains across the UK supporting international teams, professional teams, semi-pro…

Exhibition celebrates life and work of pioneer translator

Wales has a grand history of Christianity and in October, there’s a chance to celebrate the life and work of William Salesbury. Some 450 years ago, he was the first person to translate the New Testament into Welsh. The first edition was published on October 7 1567. It was ground-breaking stuff. Until then, only parts of the Bible had been available in prayer books. His work laid the foundation for translations of the Bible, the most modern of which is beibl.net. Bible Society is holding a special exhibition during October at Mary Jones World in Bala, in the beautiful Snowdonia…

every 30 seconds someone becomes a slave

RED community are seeking to make a difference here in Wales through grinding coffee! Manumit offers dignity & hope to survivors of modern slavery through training & employment. Our coffee is roasted by men and women who have suffered horrendous exploitation at the hands of traffickers and modern slave traders but are now rebuilding their lives. At our Cardiff-based Roastery we produce excellent coffee that combats modern slavery on 3 levels: • Sourcing specialty coffee beans from ethical, slavery free suppliers. • Training and employing survivors of modern slavery as coffeeroasters. • Investing all profits in local and international anti-slavery…

Love Wales look back on great summer of mission

This summer we have had a great series of missions all over Wales with a fantastic response from all the communities they were held in. Missions and evangelistic events head up by Love Wales took place in: Pembroke Dock, Cardigan, Kenfig Hill, Pontypridd, Merthyr Tydfil, Morewelon and Gwalchmai in Anglesey, Llanfairfechan, Gyffin in Conwy and Shine in Swansea.  Thousands of people heard the Gospel through these missions and many people were prayed with for salvation, healing and numerous needs. The Love Wales team are still hearing stories of how people's lives have been changed through what has taken place during this summer.  Love Wales want to say a big thank you very much to…

Christian Students Across Wales welcome new students to university

Many of us have been there! Our first day at university or dropping you kids of to university for the first time and saying good bye. Praying they will survive the term and not do anything too stupid in the process!  The change of lifestyle can be a massive challenge to many students but it all a time when many students start to explore - some for the first time - the big spiritual questions, Organisations like UCCF, Fusion, and other university based Christian organisaiton alongside 100's of churches gear up to welcome, encourage and support students from the UK and…

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…