This year again, Rev. Irfan John, our Synod Enabler Culturally Diverse Congregations, Wales, arranged Christmas programmes in different locations with the same purpose: to introduce culturally diverse congregations to each other and to the local community.
Caldicot: On 26th November, the famous Nativity was taken to Caldicot. The churches of the town came together in unity to celebrate the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ. The team started out by singing carols out on the high street of Caldicot and later went inside the Caldicot Methodist Church to perform the multi-ethnic nativity play.
Swansea: On 4th December, at Uniting Church Sketty, carols were sung in various languages by people of multi-ethnic origin. The Word of God was shared and the body of Christ enjoyed fellowship together with food and by cake cutting.
Cardiff: In Cardiff, there was another proclamation and celebration of the birth of Jesus. The Urdu Fellowship sang Christmas Carols during the Christmas Bazaar at Trinity Centre. From there, they went to the Cardiff High Street to publicly do carol singing there in various languages including, Urdu, Hindi, Punjabi, English and Welsh.
Newport, Merthyr, Bargoed and Haverfordwest: Along with the places above, the message of Christmas was shared in homes as groups went for Carol singing in these places also. The way the angels proclaimed Jesus’ birth to the shepherds, people of many ages and backgrounds shared in this message this Christmas.