You can watch a video of where we feel God is leading us on this facebook page:
At this moment we’r’e having challenges uploading the video to this site, but we’ll keep on trying!.
Here is a summary of 2017 and looking ahead:
In 2017 as the parish developed as Worshipping, Serving, Accepting, we too took on this as our Mission Action Plan into the next few years. Our focus for the year was on expressing the MAP through developing our social enterprises and our presence in the community. Our Connect enterprise ended the year with funds in the black, having had a great year in the café growing as a hub of activities and a place of encounter. Footfall was down but people were spending more money, thanks to Tina’s work with the volunteers we were able to staff the café and help the volunteers into employment, training and a new lease of life. The café saw an increase in relating to people who were homeless as our work with the Foodbank increased and towards the end of the year an action group to support homeless people was formed. The plans for the furniture upcycling project RRR took root with a new committee taking shape with a strategy and business plan for starting up in St Luke’s Church Cilfynydd’s ground floor around May 2018 – an appearance on a BBC programme brought in £800 of extra funding. A successful bid to the new diocesan transformation fund for community work allowed us to employ Liz, a new member of staff working with RRR, ex-offenders and support work with CAP. We strengthened our training for CAP so that in 2018 Job Club, Debt Centre, Release Group, Life Skills will all be up and running, whilst during 2017 several clients made prayers of commitment into faith and church life.
From the summer on, we were part of the New Wine Mission to Wales time of sharing faith on the streets and we will be starting this as a monthly event in 2018 along with people from other churches in the area. Our regular Messy Church events and Café Fun Days increased our connections with families from the toddler groups and the Junior church on Sundays has started to be planned by a great new coordinating group. We took a large group of youth away on the summer SPREE group and in 2018 will focus prayer and planning on better provision for youth in the church. We ran four trips to other churches for adults, which was very well supported by other churches in the parish. Several members were part of an inter-church visit to Mbale at Easter where we spent 2 weeks with our link parish in Namatala. Many people came to St Cath’s for the recording of Songs of Praise in July and we hosted various conferences over the year.
The CPAS Growing Leaders course ran for 11 months and 16 people completed the course which will continue into 2018 with occasional training days to help people listen to hos God is leading. Two of our members started courses in St Padarn’s Institute and we hosted two ordinands with us: Becky and Mark (was ordained deacon in June). In teaching, we had a focus on the Servant Songs from Isaiah and started up a Wednesday bible Study group.
The new heating and lighting system and new sound system was installed in church. Our ongoing work will be removal of the organ, improvement to the café entrance, new computers for the café, redecoration of the hall and construction of extra office space upstairs; we will also plan the repairs to the organ window which may take a few years to undertake.