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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,…

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

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 Worthington) who has spiralled into a deep depression after suffering…

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…

Welsh Youth Parliament Consulation

On 19 October 2016, following a unanimous vote of support from Assembly Members, the Assembly Commission agreed to explore the feasibility of establishing a Welsh Youth Parliament, and the Llywydd, Elin Jones AM, announced her intention to establish a Welsh Youth Parliament. Since this announcement, we, the Assembly Commission, have been busy working with young people and adults from organisations that work with and/or promote the views and needs of young people in Wales, to develop the key features of a youth parliament for the people of Wales to consider. These representatives have come together to form the Youth Parliament…

Street Pastors works continues - looking for new recruits in Cardiff

The Amazing work of Street Pastors continues across Wales and Cardiff Street Pastors are currently recruiting for new street pastors and night base team members.    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 whilst on patrol and do not contain all we do during our night: ·       We assisted in 393 incidents, the majority of…

Pray for Westminster: the injured, the bereaved and the traumatised

We always knew, if we had any sense, that this was coming. Outrages in France, Belgium and Germany last year were uncomfortably close to home, though at least they were on the other side of the Channel. But Britain has always been just as much of a target for terror, and it's only the skill of our intelligence services that has kept us safe so far. Now that illusion of invulnerability, if it existed, has been shattered. We do not know for certain at the moment who's behind this horror. But that it's some kind of terror attack at the…

Message Higher Tour Plans to Come to Wales

The Higher Tour is coming to South Wales and Message Wales are believing it to be the biggest youth outreach Wales has ever seen! So to get the wheels in motion, we’ve appointed Caitlin Woodington as our Higher South Wales Coordinator. In partnership with local churches, the Higher Tour is a combination of intentional schools missions and evangelistic events, presenting the good news of Jesus Christ to thousands of young people in hopes of seeing thousands making a decision to become lifelong disciples of Jesus. Message passionately believe that Jesus changes lives – not just for an evening at an…

Church opens its doors to the homeless

A CHURCH in Cardiff has been helping to provide shelter and provisions for homeless people in the city. City Church, located on Cowbridge Road East, uses its premises on Saturday evenings to provide hot meals and beds for people who are in need. The service is provided as part of Impact Outreach. There are currently around 17 people volunteering each Saturday to feed the 45 homeless people who visit the church. Brenda Wee, one of the leaders of Impact Outreach said that the service was inspired by a night shelter service that City Church and six other churches across Cardiff…

Roy Godwin's latest book! The Way of Blessing

  Roy Godwin is in many ways an unsuming man. but also a man of great passion and faith.   This follows on from The Grace Outpouring, a number one bestseller for Christian books in the UK. Eight years after its launch we still continue to receive testimonies from readers. His prayer is that  this new book will carry an even greater anointing than the first, that readers might be touched by the Lord. You can find out more about The Way of Blessing, and order, by going here. Roy with the team lead the Christian Retreat Centre at Ffald-y-Brenin in…

Saint David factfile - what do we really know about our Patron Saint?

Saint David, or Dewi Sant as he's called in the Welsh language, is the patron saint of Wales. His day is 1st March. His influence is shown in the number of churches dedicated to him in Wales and the celebrations each Saint David's Day. It wasn’t until the 18 th century though that St David’s Day was declared a national day of celebration in Wales. In 2007 Tony Blair rejected calls for St. David’s Day to become a Welsh national holiday, despite a poll saying that 87% of Welsh people wanted a March 1 holiday. Saint David factfile There aren't…

Resources for Lent and Easter

The resources listed on this page are not intended to be a comprehensive listing so if you think we are missing any excellent resource please let us know at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We've also compiled a list of Easter facts and stats which you can find here: Easter facts and statistics. Words for Lent: Words for Lent is a lively, fresh and often adventurous approach a series of readings from Luke's gospel, with 40 readings, comments and prayers for the period of Lent. 40 Acts:do Lent generously with Stewardship. Pray for vulnerable children during Lent: Work out how much you could save from the…