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Koreans visit Wales to give thanks for the life of Robert Jermain Thomas

During this month (September 2016) and next (October) Wales will be visited by a number of Koreans coming to say thank you to Wales for sending them a missionary who was martyred for his faith, but who many Koreans see as the first seeds of the good news of Jesus coming to Korea. The man in question is Welshman Robert Jermain Thomas. He answered a call to ministry but, for him, it was to be the mission field. He went with the London Missionary Society to China. Sadly, his wife died there and, grief-stricken, he toured the north of the…

New single commemorates CAP UK's 20th birthday

Christians Against Poverty UK is celebrating it's 20th birthday with a brand new single by musician Philippa Hanna.CAP has seen 20,000 people a year lifted out of debt, with 1,000 finding jobs through CAP Jobs Club, and 1,000 decide to follow Jesus through the ministry.The track You are loved was written after singer-songwriter Philippa experienced hardship herself.She said: "I wrote this song to be an anthem to empower us as Christians to go out into the dark places and turn people's lives around."I know that debt can affect anybody. You feel powerless and afraid. I experienced anxiety and depression with…

Christian Student set to welcome others student to Cardiff

Christian Union in Cardiff University and other universities across Cardiff are getting ready to welcome student in the city of Cardiff at the start of a new academic year. Fresher's Week (16th-25rh September) can be a daunting time for many as they start their course in Cardiff. During this time, thousands of students will arrive at Cardiff Uni and universities across the city, and the CU are putting on a series of events to reach out to these students - both Christian students and non-Christian students. Beccy Chalker of Cardiff University Christian Union says "One of these events is our…

Record 271,000 attend Alpha course in 2015

A record number of people attended an Alpha course last year.Across around 9,000 churches, 271,000 took up invites from friends or churches to take part in the eleven week series.The course, which was created out of Holy Trinity Brompton, gives people a basic introduction to Christianity and an opportunity to come to faith.It includes food, a talk and discussion in small groups. Alpha has now been adopted by all the major denominations including Roman Catholic, Orthodox, Presbyterian, Methodist, Baptist, Pentecostal, and Salvation Army churches.Building on the success of 2015, a new campaign fronted by TV adventurer Bear Grylls launched on…

Soul Survivor continues to see young people come to Christ

Each year many young people from churches across Wales attend summer events organised by Soul Survivor. We find out what happened in Summer of 2016.... More than a thousand young people committed to following Jesus at Soul Survivor and Momentum this summer.The festivals hosted more than 26,000 young people, with 1,527 coming to faith.The themes this year included living all out for God and what it means to love others in Jesus' name.Mike Pilavachi, co-founder and leader of Soul Survivor, said: "We have loved seeing how God has met with young people this summer and nothing beats seeing people meet…

Churches told to be alert but not alarmed after priest’s murder

Church leaders have been told to remain vigilant following the murder in France of Fr Jacques Hamel this week.The Metropolitan Police have advised those in charge of churches and church projects to "remain alert, but not alarmed".The force made clear that there is no intelligence to suggest a similar attack in the UK, but said that this was a good opportunity for all to review their security plans.In a statement, the police said: "The police have been working with church leaders here in the UK to establish a communication network through which reassurance and guidance to the Christian community can…

Treating Kid's Like Royalty - for cared for and at risk children

RFK UK Camp is a one-week residential camp hosted by Capital City Church in Cardiff, Wales. This years camp runs at the end of AUgust 2016 and it is designed to meet the unique needs of looked-after children, children in need and children at risk. RFK UK is part of Royal Family KIDS, a faith-based organisation in the U.S. Royal Family KIDS has over 30 years of experience and overseas 200+ camps worldwide. WHAT DOES A WEEK AT RFK UK CAMP LOOK LIKE?The fun begins on Monday morning when caregivers and the young campers come along to registration. After receiving…

Amazing Grace Spaces - Safe Places to Recover

Amazing Grace Spaces is a new charity aiming to provide access to quality affordable accommodation in an innovative way. The charity is based in Newport. The people behind Amazing Grace Spaces realise homelessness, eviction; mortgage repossession and relationship breakdowns are rising and more than ever more people are at risk. Also young people who are not able to get on the property ladder. Stuart and Caroline Johnson have established the need over the 25 years they worked with those caught in the cycle of homelessness, addiction and life controlling problems. Initially using the model, the churches in London and Housing…

Holiday Bible Clubs and Family Fun

This is the time of year when Churches across Cardiff are putting on some great special events for kids and families We have listed some of these below but let us know if we have missed some so we an add them in. All AgesFree Where When Description Age Cost Albany Road Baptist Church Monday 22nd - Friday 26th August, 2pm - 4pm. Looking for something for your children to do during the summer holidays? Do they enjoy crafts, cooking, games, stories and having lots of fun? For more information, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Telephone: 02920 493 430 Assumed 5-11 please check…

Local Minister writes about his "Conchie" father

Cardiff Church minister and Author Gethin Russell Jones has in the past written about his mothers work in Bletchley Park now he has put pen to paper about his father who was a conscientious objector or "Conchie" Gethin writes.... Now in my mid fifties, I have clear memories of my Dad at the same age. And curiously enough it's his clothing that always springs to mind, at least initially. Dad playing cricket with us on a Devon beach in 1968 sporting a jacket and tie. Or travelling to Scotland ten years later to visit my sister and family, dapper in…

Children Matter

Kay Morgan Gurr is chair of Children Matter, a coalition of people and organisations who are passionate about children and family ministry. Tell us a little about the Children Matter initiative. Children Matter works to inspire the UK Church, church leaders, families and children to develop ministries that will allow children to grow in their faith from childhood to adulthood. It's a coalition of different ministries including Scripture Union, Urban Saints, Children Worldwide, the Global Children's Forum and the Hand in Hand conference. It's a place where Christians can be equipped in their work with children and families, finding resources…

Hope to Ghana Football Fest proves a great success

The Hope to Ghana Football Fest again proved to be a great success The organisers would like to thank all those who go involved "We had a great 2016 Football 5 aside competition last Saturday 2nd July. Our 2016 Overall Champions were St John The Baptist School and our "Europa League" winners were DC Utd Blue. We thank all the teams who so generously supported this event, to our referees Ian and Tom and to Gol Centre, Cardiff for hosting us again." Elizabeth DavisHopetoghana management team\ Why not get your team involved next year!

Olive Branch Newport looking for new host church

Since 2009 the Olive Branch - Newport has operated out of The Gap Centre on Stow Hill, providing a quality non-discriminatory advice, advocacy and support service to those who are homeless or vulnerably housed in Newport. It’s a good work which has helped many, but the leaders at Bethel Community Church, which has run the project from the outset, have now reluctantly concluded that it is time for them to bow out of this particular ministry. There is funding in place to continue paying the manager, Alison, until the end of the year, but the church won’t be looking for…

Charities team up to support dementia-friendly churches

Alzheimer's Society and Alliance member Livability have launched a resource to help churches support those living with dementia.Developing a Dementia-Friendly Church is a practical guide for churches and faith communities.There are 850,000 people living with dementia in the UK and this number is set to increase to two million by 2051.Rev Dr David Primrose, director of transforming communities in the Diocese of Lichfield, said:"We want churches to be at the heart of dementia-friendly communities, where the voices of those living with dementia, and those who care for them, are clearly heard."This publication adds much practical guidance on developing dementia-friendly churches,…

CITY TEMPLE BECOMES CITY CHURCH

Cardiff church changes its name for the first time in 87 years to reflect changes in society and a new season of growth. City Temple, which has been a landmark church in Cardiff since 1934, on the corner of Cowbridge Road West and Lower Cathedral Road, is changing its name to CityChurch from 26th June 2016 in a reflection of the changing nature of society and the meaning of words. Steve Ball, Senior Pastor of CityChurch, explained. “Whilst many of an older generation who were used to church will understand that the word ‘temple’ is a description used in the…

Sporting Marvels - Bible Appeal

Sporting Marvels is on mission to gift 650 age-appropriate NLT Bibles to children that we’ve been teaching weekly, throughout this school year! We teach the Gospel, the Bible and Christianity to 650 primary school children in school curriculum time every week, all with the full approval of the educationalists! We currently do this in one of the most secular places in the UK, the Rhondda Valleys which, the 2001 census declared, had the smallest proportion of population regularly attending church in the whole of the UK… less than 0.9%! Check out our Mighty Marvels Journal and you’ll get a snapshot …

Youth Ministry Across The Continents

Eleven Youth Pastors From Ten Countries On The Key Building Blocks For Effective Youth Work Leadership In The Local Church Written by Fraser Keay who was based in a Rhiwbina Baptist church involved in youth ministry and Matt Gregor who was youth pastor for many years in City Temple church. Imagine you are invited to a packed one-day conference to hear from eleven experienced youth pastors from ten different countries. Many of them are still serving as local church pastors - men and women serving in different cultures and denominations. Each, in turn, takes half an hour to explain how…

Miracles from Heaven in Cinemas from June 10th

When Christy discovers her 10-year-old daughter Anna has a rare, incurable disease, she becomes a ferocious advocate for her daughter's healing as she searches for a solution. An thus begins a film "Miracles from Heaven"(12A) is opening this Friday 10th June for 7 days at Cardiff Odeon and Cineworld. You can get the see the film starting this Friday 10th June Here are the showings in Cardiff - please check your local cinemas for details in your area:Cardiff OdeonFriday 10th June to Sunday 12th June at 17:30Monday 13th June to Thursday 16th June at noon.Cardiff CineworldDaily form Friday at 2100John…