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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…

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

MIISED THE MOVIE OUT ON DVD FROM 16th OCTOBER 2017 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…

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