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Feast from the East with the Eden Bus

In June the Eden Bus team, run by the Message in Wales planned a meal nicknamed ‘Feast from the East’ for their local community and the surrounding areas. The team planned for 50 guests but 174 turned up on the night. This came with its challenging – trying to provide food and seats for everyone. Alongside the Eden Bus they had face painting, bouncy castles, live music and Andy Hawthorne preached the gospel. They saw nine responses to the gospel during the evening. The meal took place in a local school and sadly the keys to the school were stolen. The…

Sporting Marvels Bible Appeal - Can you help make a difference?

Every year we back the Sporting Marvels Bible Appeal.  Giving away an age relevant Bible to each youngster going through their programme. This year 600 Bibles are being purchased, and the great news is The Message Trust is helping us get their age relevant Bible into the hands our the Kids in the Rhondda, at a huge discount. The even better news is the whole project needs £1,322 to get to it's goal.  God has been really laying on the hearts of our supporters the needs of these children.  I remember three years ago we needed to raise over seven thousand…

TLG Charity leader wins Change Maker of the Year Award at the Charity Bank Impact Awards 2018!

  The founder of a Christian charity that was set up almost two decades ago to transform the lives of vulnerable children and young people around the UK has won an award for the positive change he is helping to bring about. Tim Morfin, founder and chief executive officer of Transforming Lives for Good (TLG), was named 'Change Maker of the Year' at Charity Bank's Impact Awards 2018 for developing a small church project in Bradford into a national charity which supports thousands of children and families.   Tranforming Lives for Good also works in Wales partnering with a number…

Newport church's prayer room survives devastating fire

Taken from BBC website The pastor of a fire-ravaged church has said it is "quite incredible" a prayer room survived relatively unscathed. The 130-year-old Grade-II listed Bethel Community Church on Stow Hill in Newport was destroyed after a fire spread from an old nightclub next door. Some worshippers speculated that a "spiritual fire" had protected the room, Pastor Andrew Cleverly said. Mr Cleverly is also hoping to retrieve tapes of his late father's sermons which are stored in the room. About 95 firefighters and police officers responded on 15 June but it took until the following evening to put out…

An end of an era for Evangelical Alliance in Wales as Elfed Godding plans to step down

Elfed Godding will step down as national director for Wales and coalitions at the Evangelical Alliance at the end of September to embark on a new phase of ministry. The Evangelical Church in Wales will miss the wisdom and commitment that Elfed has shown to Wales over many years and without whom the Net Cardiff and Net Wales would not exist.     After a three-year period seeking God's will for the next chapter in his life and service, Elfed announced in May that after 19 years at the organisation, he will stand down to focus on local church leadership…

Purple Shoot and starting up a Self-Reliant Group

Purple Shoots is an organisation we have featured before on the Net Cardiff and one of the projects there are involved in is the creation of what they call Self-Reliant Groups here is how it works.  These groups aim to help their members develop skills and confidence in an atmosphere of mutual trust and support, and hopefully to develop income-generating ideas which will help transform their lives. What does an SRG look like? They are small groups (5-10 people) who are from a local community and have a similar background and who want to make differences in their lives. How…

Lives Transformed - New "My Story" videos

It has been a while since we have been able to bring you any new stories to the "My Story" Collection but here are two great stories of men both living in Wales who's lives have been transformed by the power of God at work in thier lives.  Declan  - The Story of a Life Transformed  Declan was brought up by nuns in an orphanage in Northern Ireland at the heart of the troubles. His life could have turned in many directions but as we see in this video his life as a orphan was to dramatically change as he…

Sports Chaplaincy Wales needs your help...

Globally it is reckoned that Wales is famous for 3 things: 1-  Singing – we are the land of song and our choirs are sought the world over. 2 – Sheep – out numbering the human population by over 3 to 1, you can’t go anywhere in Wales without encountering sheep. 3 – Finally Sport – Wales has a great reputation for playing and delivering sport at the very highest level and very much punch above our weight in the sporting world. Just think back to the recent Commonwealth Games, we came home with a record medal haul. We are…

Evangelical Alliance UK make key appointment to equip young adults for mission

The Evangelical Alliance UK has appointed Phil Knox as its first head of mission to young adults as part of its drive to position a passion for Jesus and making Him known at the heart of its mission work.  Phil joins the Evangelical Alliance following 12 years working for Youth for Christ, where he has most recently been director of church resources.  Gavin Calver, director of mission at the Evangelical Alliance, commented on the appointment: "I am absolutely delighted that Phil will be joining our team. He brings wonderful experience, great passion and clear expertise in the area of mission…

‘Welcome one – Welcome all’ - National Month of Prayer for toddler groups – June 2018

The National Month of Prayer for toddler group ministries will again take place in June. This year’s theme is ‘Welcome one – welcome all’ with Luke 19v1-10 as the keynote scripture. This annual prayer focus encourages churches to pray for the work of their toddler groups as they reach out to serve the needs of families in the local community. The story of Zacchaeus is a wonderful example of friendship and hospitality – 2 key elements to any toddler group. It involves a little man (lots of little ones at toddler groups) who wanted to be a friend of Jesus. As many groups offer an unconditional warm welcome to families in local…