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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…

Why not buy a Real Easter Egg this year?

The first and only Fairtrade chocolate egg to explain the meaning of Easter. Inside is a beautifully illustrated 24 page Easter story activity book, a milk chocolate egg (125g) and a Fairtrade milk chocolate bar (25g). A charity donation is made from each sale. There are three crosses on the front and under the lid there is a quote from the bible - the resurrection text from Mark chapter 16. The Meaningful Chocolate Company give a donation of the profits and Fairtrade Premium fees, to their farmers allowing them to invest in their community buying everything from school books and…

Cycling 1000 miles not for the faint hearted but raising money for Tearfund!

John Mainwaring from North Wales, is planning a cycle ride from Lands End to John O'Grotes in June to raise an outstanding £25,000 for Tearfund's Middle East Appeal. and needs a few cyclists to join him on this major challenge. Please contact John directly for more information and please let your churches know! This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to show your interest. This does not commit you to cycle, but will enable John to liaise with you directly. Dates are 6-16th June 2017 you must be used to Cycling long distances - and will probably cover 100-110 miles each day you must have your…

Home for hope in the valleys

With church buildings closing up and down the Valleys, a Tonypandy church is bucking the trend.  Hope Church Rhondda (www.hopechurchrhondda.org.uk) has successfully bought and refurbished a new community hub on Dunraven Street, where they will begin to meet and serve the local community in January 2017. This  dynamic faith community has been meeting in the town’s Bethel chapel for the past three years. With an average age of 25, the congregation is made up mainly of Tonypandy residents who have plans to use this new centre to continue running a distribution point for the Rhondda Foodbank as well as youth…

New songs 2017 for Christian Worship Song Writers

A new and exciting initiative for 2017. Do you or anyone you know, write new songs for church and would like to see them go further? Read on... NEW SONGS EVENT THE SMALL PRINT 1. The songs must be suitable for a congregation, rather than an individual, to sing. 2. They must be theologically correct! 3. Cambrensis reserves the right to arrange the song to suite the voices and instruments available 4. The songs must be written down. If in chord form only, an MP3 file is required, of the song being sung. 5. No prizes will be offered, but…

Could you join with the persecuted Church during 2017?

Violent persecution is set to rise in 2017 according to Release International. The persecuted Church charity and Alliance member reports worrying trends around the world. Christians in the UK are being urged to join with their Church family suffering persecution. Paul Robinson, chief executive at Release International, said: "2017 looks set to be a harsh year for many Christians, under authoritarian regimes and at the hands of militants." "Our Christian family will need our prayers and our practical support." Persecution is likely to be worst in the Islamic world where pressure is expected to come from both the state and…

Do we care more for our donkeys than our homeless?

I don't know about you but it seems to me that all the fuss about Nativity Donkeys is some what of an over reaction! More than 1,100 people have signed a petition calling for a nativity display featuring donkeys in Cardiff to be shut down. Hundreds of people have signed the petition to remove the donkeys housed in a stall outside the Tabernacle Welsh Baptist Church in The Hayes, Cardiff. The petition claims the long running display is “cruel, unnecessary, anachronistic, and completely unreasonable” and calls on Cardiff Council to shut it down. The petition which was launched by Peter…

Who Let The Dad's Out

A resource from Alliance members Bible Reading Fellowship is encouraging churches to reach out to fathers and father figures. Who let the dads out? is designed to raise awareness of ministry to these men and their children. BRF is working to see family relationships transformed by restoring relationships between fathers and children. Mark Chester, founder of Who Let the Dads Out? said: "We know that fathers and father figures are incredibly important, but we also recognise that dads can be filled with doubts about their own abilities and often feel isolated. "A Who Let the Dads Out? group at a…

Christmas the Story is off to a flying start!

Christmas - The Story is up and running for the seventh year - and it's fantastic!  The schools are booking more heavily than ever - with a half a dozen schools coming for the first time this year - including a school from outside the area.  The children absolutely love this school trip - if you are in town on a weekday morning, pop in and join a school's audience. It's a real delight to watching the children watching The Story. Kitchener Primary tweeded “Diolch @CardiffNativity for a great day. #yr2 had a fab time listening to the Christmas Story,…

Story Mission may be over but the journey continues

The 'Story' events week has now passed...   The students and Cardiff team are still recovering from the physical exhaustion of the week... And yet wonderfully things continue! The first night of follow up 'Uncover the Story' took place on Monday night. There was a good turn out and people engaged well. Please keep praying as these seekers continue to investigate Jesus for themselves. I'm aware many of you reading this did not directly enjoy the Story events week with us. However, throughout the week we had an incredible group of photographers from the different CUs working around all the…

Story - A week of Mission across the universities of Cardiff

Owen Brown UCCF overseer for the Cardiff universities after one night of mission (starting 14th November) said "Wonderful start to the week's lunch time events at Cardiff University. For the first time in several years the CU has returned to hosting these events in the Student Union. We had no flyers so we made makeshift ones on paper plates!" Most of this years speakers are leaders form churches all across Cardiff and are being supported by local students telling their stories of faith and local Christians for all walks of life from the the doctor, the scientist, the Sky News…

Alpha Appoint a new representative for Wales

Alpha have just taken on Chloe Richards as their Regional Coordinator for Wales. Chloe is based in Swansea but will be travelling across Wales encouraging local churches in their use of Alpha and promoting all the new features! She is really passionate to see young adults, students and youth running Alpha in their context so do get in touch with her if she can help train, encourage and inspire your young people in living missional lives! Her email address is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Could you help the TAV centre get some much needed funding?

Could you help the TAV centre get some much needed funding? The TAVS centre based in Roath, Cardiff works with the homeless and most vulnerable people in our society. Throughout the week there are an increasing number of activities taking place including hot food, TAVS bakery, TAVS choir, TAVS bakery, weekly winter night shelter etc etc as well as hot food and a clothes store. TAVS aims to give the homeless and vulnerable people and safe place to come and also to develop a sense of community and purpose. Aviva have a community fund, and I recently submitted for a…