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Author: Church in Wales

Map of community events

Christmas should be one of the happiest times of the year for everyone; yet for millions of people across the UK it can be the gloomiest. While most people are occupied amidst the festivities of the day with their families and friends, some people experience Christmas as one of the most loneliest times as businesses around the country shut their shops, leaving them with no place to go. For the fifth year running, Premier is inviting churches to add their Christmas Day events to a digital map to help people go to places where they can spend time with...

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Licensed ministers invited to ‘listening days’

From clergy to youth workers – all licensed minsters are being invited to share what makes them flourish and what they struggle with in a series of ‘listening days’ taking place across Wales. The series of 24 days at 12 different locations is being organized by St Padarn’s Institute, the training arm of the Church in Wales, in order to find out how it can best equip and resource those in ministry today. The invitation is for all licensed readers, pastors, pioneers, evangelists and children/youth workers, as well as all licensed clergy. They will take place in quiet venues to...

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Calling all organists

Organists are being offered the chance to freshen up their skills as part of a new scheme being launched by the Royal School of Church Music in Wales. Called The Complete Church Organist, the scheme provides practical help and coaching to small groups of organists. Stuart Robinson, the organisation’s coordinator, explains how you can get involved: “Being a church organist myself, I know that playing the organ of a Sunday can be a solitary business, and human frailty being what it is, sometimes a challenge to keep going! If you’re a church or chapel organist, (or pianist turned organist –...

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Let the Tiger loose!

To celebrate Interfaith Week, young people from different religions across Cardiff were invited to an event exploring what it meant to be a young person of faith in the city today. It was held in Cardiff Bay – once known the world over as Tiger Bay, one of the most multicultural and multi-religious communities in the country and where different cultures and religions still sit side by side. The event was organised by the South Cardiff Interfaith Network in collaboration with Wales Millennium Centre’s Tiger Bay Presents, a fringe festival programme celebrating the city’s most multicultural corner. It took place on...

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Concern for young runaways

Young people who run away from home or care are the focus of a new resource for church groups. Almost 4,500 children went missing in Wales during 2015/16. Some will have gone missing only once while others will have gone several times. The Knowledge Gap – God’s Concern for Young Runaways explores why we might be concerned about young people who are at risk of going missing and how we can support them. It is a joint publication between the Church in Wales and the Children’s Society and accompanies the charities’ report called The Knowledge Gap  published in July. The resource features commentary on the theological case for helping children who go missing, as well as prayers, and suggestions for actions to improve the support offered to children in Wales who go missing or are at risk of going missing. It focuses on the biblical stories of two young teenagers, Mary and Hagar who ran away. “Looking to these examples, and understanding how these stories might be relevant today, highlights that vulnerable young people require support and safeguarding in order that they might flourish,” says Canon Carol Wardman, Bishops’ Advisor for Church and Society, who co-wrote the resource. The material could be used as the basis for a sermon, or as a reflection for small groups. The bilingual resource can be downloaded here The Knowledge Gap – God’s Concern for Young Runaways Bwlch yn...

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