On Friday 27th November, Cardiff celebrated its eighth ‘Multi-ethnic’ Christmas, organised by the Synod Enabler, Culturally Diverse Congregations Rev. Irfan John at Trinity Centre.
Some 22 nations were represented by over 200 Christians who attended the event and shared their love for Christ and for each other. We shared in food and fellowship before taking part in a special service introducing carols from around the world in their own language, including Urdu, English, South Indian, Chinese, Korean, Shona, Amharic and of course Welsh. The service began with a prayer and greeting in Welsh, including a message from Rev. Nick Oborski. Superintendent of the Cardiff and Caerphilly Circuit.
The candle of peace was lit by Dr. Harryono Judodihardjo from Malaysia to remind us that the light of Christ brings peace to all. At a time of international tension, it was wonderful to share in such a cosmopolitan congregation and be offered a foretaste of the heavenly banquet prepared for all humankind. Many thanks to Irfan for organising it and to all his team for supporting him.
Once again the Synod Enabler Rev. Irfan John has been arranging a series of Christmas celebrations sharing the good news of Christ’s coming with music, food and fellowship from around the world. This has been taking place in Cardiff and Newport for a number of years – but this year was the first opportunity to host such an event at Brunswick Methodist Church in Swansea, with choirs and guests from China, Eritrea, Zimbabwe, Malaysia and Pakistan – as well as from Wales and England. Greetings were offered from Alan Thomas, Secretary for Swansea City of Sanctuary, and also a collection taken for a charity in Zimbabwe working with HIV orphans established by Rev. Siperire Mugadzweta, the minister at Brunswick. Below is a picture of Irfan singing with the Urdu Fellowship choir.
THE STABLE TRAIL IS BACK!
WHEN? Saturday 12th December 2015.
WHERE? Reynoldston Village Hall. SA3 1AA
TIME? Trails set off about every 10 minutes
from 10.30 am to 12.30 pm and from 2 pm to 4 pm.
In 2013 around 600 people came to encounter the Gospel message of Christ’s coming at Christmas. Come and join us this year for an amazing, unforgettable experience!
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Theology Public Lecture Series
“Discourses of Religious Diversity;
Exploring the value of ‘difference’ and ‘diversity’ in debates about religion in the UK”
by Professor Martin Stringer
Pro Vice-Chancellor at Swansea University;
former Professor of Liturgical and Congregational Studies
in the Department of Theology and Religion at Birmingham University
Tuesday 24th November, 2015
in the James Callaghan Lecture Theatre,
All Welcome – Admission Free
A Unique and dynamic concert will take place on Thursday 12th November at the Newport Centre, when the International performing arts group GEN VERDE presents START NOW, a 2-hour performance of song, dance, drama and percussion.
Further details (including where to get tickets – priced £10) are available on this Press Release, and all Christians and Church leaders from across South Wales are invited to attend.
This September we are delighted to welcome some 12 new ministers who have come to serve in the Wales Synod, with special Welcome services taking place across the Synod in Cardiff, Penarth, Buckley, Newtown, Newport, Porthcawl, Llanelli, Aberdare and Old Colwyn.
This photo is from the service which took place in Hall Street (Meth/URC) Church in Llanelli, and shows the new minister at Hall Street Rev Dee Yeadon, being welcomed (from left) by Revs Simon Walking (URC Moderator) Flis Randall (Superintendent of Llanelli & Carmarthen circuit) and Stephen Wigley (Chair of the Wales Synod.) We wish all our new colleagues well as they begin their ministry among us and look forward to welcoming them again at Synod on 19th September.
We look forward to welcoming representatives from churches and circuits across Wales to our annual Synod meeting at Theatre Hafren in Newtown, Powys on Saturday 19th September.
During Synod we shall be welcoming new ministers and officers, meeting the new Director of the Amelia Farm and the Vice President designate of Conference, Rachel Lampard, as well as hearing stories from across the circuits and a presentation from the Commission of Covenanted Churches in Wales.
We will also be sharing with young people from across the Methodist Church in Wales who are meeting in their own parallel Youth Forum, and if you have any questions or queries about the event, please contact the Synod Office.