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MTL - More to Life - Supporting young people to set up Christian Unions

Will Souter, a Missional Community Co-Leader at Glenwood Church and trained school teacher, would love to have help with a new project called More to Life

More to Life is all about getting teenagers to ask whether there is more to school life than simply getting trained for the world of paid work – vital though this is. The MTL project seeks to create or strengthen lunchtime Christian Unions in every Cardiff Secondary School. 

This will be a great means of preparing the way for inviting missional teams/bands into these schools as part of the Message Wales Higher Mission in November 2018. It would also be a great way of encouraging teenagers who become Christians as part of the Higher Mission. Where better to be able to keep pressing on in their new faith in Jesus but in their own schools?

Will Souter would love to hear from secondary school teachers and also from leadership-orientated youth who could be persuaded to co-ordinate a CU if there is not already one at their school. The most effective model for a school CU is having a group that is led BY young people FOR young people. So it would be a case of teachers offering their rooms and some friendly advice to create lunchtime meetings organised and led by a team of enthusiastic young people, making use of high quality internet resources.

Interested teachers, young people and parents should e-mail Will at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

"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 recently earned him a promotion to legal editor at the ChicagoTribune. But things weren't going nearly as well at home where his wife Leslie's newfound faith in Christ went against everything Lee believed-or didn't believe-as an avowed atheist.

Utilizing his journalistic and legal training, Lee begins a quest to debunk the claims of Christianity in order to save his crumbling marriage. Chasing down the biggest story of his career, Lee comes face-to-face with unexpected results that could change everything he knows to be true. Based on Lee Strobel's award-winning bestselling book and starring Mike Vogel, Erika Christensen, Faye Dunaway, and Robert Forster, "


Why not go along and see this movie especially during the opening two days as the decision whether to continue its run and open it elsewhere gets taken on Mon. 18th September.

'Defeating Fear, Panic, and Anxiety - A 30-day Devotional' by Gwynedd Jones

Local Christian author Gwynedd Jones serves on the leadership at the Vine Christian Centre in Bridgend. Gwynedd has a heart to see people move into an understanding of the victory Jesus has won through the cross and resurrection so that individuals can enter into the fullness of God's blessing through faith in Christ.

Fear, panic, and anxiety are real and debilitating forces that hold people back from reaching their full potential in life. In 2013 alone there were 8.2 million cases of anxiety disorder in the UK, each with the potential of developing into a deep-seated fear or phobia that can last a lifetime. 

This 30-day devotional focuses on what Jesus has done to set people free from fear so they can enjoy life as God intended it to be. The book is not limited to helping individuals be set free from fear and anxiety but is suitable for anybody who is struggling with an oppression of any description.

The daily readings look at what Scripture teaches us regarding what Christ has done to set us free, as well as explaining what the individual's response should be so they can walk into the freedom that Christ has won for all who put their faith in Him.
 

Available on Amazon in Paperback or Kindle click here.

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 involves help with finding more permanent accommodation and support to overcome drug or alcohol dependence. It may be as simple as lending a listening ear or providing clean, dry clothing.

This year they will partner with 17 churches to provide emergency winter accommodation to those who find themselves homeless during the cold, winter months.

The opening dates have been confirmed for this year for this winter’s Nightshelter which will be an 18 week project. The opening night will be Monday 20th November 2017 and they will close on Sunday 25th March 2018.

If you would like to volunteer for the Newport Night Shelter at one of the participating churches please contact Tanya Lawrence on 01633 243235.

 

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 Dylan Moore also continuing in his part-time role.

They are excited by the opportunity to provide more support for asylum seekers and refugees in Newport and we eagerly await the outcome of several other grant applications.

Summer means one thing at The Sanctuary – outdoor fun!

Everybody likes to take advantage of the rare opportunity to enjoy some lovely Welsh sunshine, and the annual outing to Barry Island has been a fixture of the programme for some years, with Sanctuary project participants joining members of the congregation at Bethel Community Church on the beach. 

This year was particularly busy with 46 adults and six children aged over 5 making their way to Barry by train, along with an 'unknown number of under 5s and an unknown number of pushchairs'. At Barry the train contingent were joined by many others who made their way by car, making a total of nearly 100 people who enjoyed swimming, sunbathing, volleyball, boules, eating ice-cream, eating chips, plus lots of chatting, laughter and burying each other in the sand!

Closer to home, they celebrated Refugee Sunday at the end of June with a massive community picnic in Gem Park, just around the corner from the Gap Centre, where the project is based. People from all over the world came to share food and good times with others, and it was particularly poignant that the after-church picnic coincided with Eid. Christians, Muslims and those of other or no faith all shared a day of fun together, enjoying each others' company, food and participating in sports. However, the volleyball did get quite competitive at times!

To find our more about there work click here to access their Summer 2017 News Letter or their website The Gap

 

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 has been brilliant. "We held a BBQ for the traders who we have been witnessing to and serving all week. Around 120 came in and it was one of the best evenings we have had. We have met children who used to come into the tent and colour in a Bible sheet who are now graduating from university. "

Pray for the hundreds of conversations we have had and the many times we have prayed with individuals to have a lasting impact and life transforming power." For more information on any of these stories, visit www.countiesuk.org , call 01373 823013 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

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 true genius.

Many readers will perhaps be completely unaware of the fact that this year is the tricentenary of William Williams, Pantycelyn (1717-2017): the hymnist, poet, author, preacher, traveller and organizer from Llandymddyfri, Carmarthenshire.

But you will be familiar with Pantycelyn’s work, whether you recognise his name or not. Guide me Oh Thy Great Jehovah, the English language translation of one of Williams’s most famous Welsh hymns, can often be heard ringing around the Millennium Stadium whenever Welsh fans are gathered together

Nation builder

Williams was not only a creative genius but a key figure in the process of rebuilding Wales as a modern nation which began in the 18th century.

He was a pivotal figure in the Welsh Methodist revivals in that century, which eventually led to the creation of the first national Welsh institution for 400 years, in the form of the Welsh Calvinistic Methodists of 1811.

This initiative, in turn, led to a host of further educational and cultural developments, which saw Wales becoming the most literate nation in the whole of Europe by the middle of the 19th century.

William Williams, or as he is affectionally remembered in Wales, “Pantycelyn” (after the name of the family farm) can truly be identified as a genius when one considers his vast literary output and his outstanding contribution to Welsh life during his lifetime.

He wrote over 900 hymns and 90 literary works, expanding the range of the Welsh language in new and innovative ways.

The dense and heavy Welsh language used in the Welsh translation of the Bible in 1588, evolved into an altogether more fluid and modern language by means of Williams’s prolific pen, with his work drawing heavily on the everyday language used by ordinary Welsh men and women in his native Carmarthenshire.

Williams wanted to replace the cold, superficial and distant religion practiced by the Established Church, with a new and vibrant faith tradition that would better serve the people of Wales.

To read the full article click here

 

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 how running a Light Party led to a whole new church service.

"We liked the idea of a Light Party because Halloween is such a popular event in this country. It provided us with a good blueprint and starting point. The tips on planning and the risk assessment section were very helpful. We used a combination of traditional Halloween games and crafts (pumpkin carving, fancy dress, apple bobbing, donuts on strings), and added games and crafts from the Light Party pack, and our own ideas such as a Halloween photo booth.

From the outset, we wanted to appeal to families with no church background. As the church is in a place where lots of people walk past, we put up lots of posters. We also shared it on social media, and by email with contacts who, for example, had come to have their baby baptised but hadn't had further involvement with us.

We held our Light Party on a Sunday afternoon, and about 100 people attended - 85 to 90 of them were people who don't normally come to church. The party ended with a lunch and a good news message, which focused on the contrast between Jesus the light of the world, and darkness – and that there is no need, because of Jesus, to be afraid of that darkness.

The response was so positive that we then set up a brand new monthly Messy Church service and invited them all to come along and find out more. Eight months on, up to 40 adults and children who came to the Light Party regularly attend that new service, and are growing in their knowledge of God and Jesus and what Christianity is all about.

And so we're already eagerly planning another Light Party for this October!"

You can order your free Light Party pack from Scripture Union here: www.lightparty.org.uk.

written by Alexandra Davis taken from Evangelical Alliance Website

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, as well as in day to day life.

"I am currently training for ordination and one of my interests is in making church fully accessible to all and allowing everyone to develop their God-given gifts."

Through the Roof trains and equips churches and other organisations to be inclusive of people with any disability.

Roofbreakers also help churches to be a welcoming and inclusive space for disabled people and their families.

The charity is hoping to sign up 1,000 Roofbreakers.

New Roofbreakers get a starter kit from Through the Roof, as well as a free starter kit and a monthly email with information, ideas and inspiration.

They are also linked to a network of other Roofbreakers in their area so they can meet for fellowship, prayer and to share ideas. If you'd like to find out more about becoming a Roofbreaker, visit the Through the Roof website.

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