St. David's Centre of Mission
The intention for this new Centre of Mission, launched in May 2016, is to provide a focus for the Diocese of St. David's in shaping strategy, learning and reflecting on contemporary evangelism thinking and practice and to establish new models of Christian community. Central to the vision for the Centre of Mission is the Diocesan vision of Growing Hope, which incorporates St David’s strategy for growth and is the local expression of the Church in Wales 2020 Vision. It also helps to realise Church Army's DARE, (Doing, Advocating, Resourcing and Enabling) vision of equipping the local church to share the message of Christ more effectively.
The initial base for the Centre of Mission will be in Haverfordwest, on the Merlin Bridge estate. Merlin’s Bridge is a village situated in on the outskirts of Haverfordwest. The area is mainly residential but includes a small number of business and manufacturing premises. The village has a large housing estate of mostly rented homes, including a significant number of council and housing association properties. In parts of the estate there is a high level of poverty, exacerbated by high levels of unemployment. Although many residents are local, some having lived on the estate since it was built, there is constant movement of occupants and the area is regularly used to rehouse those who have been receiving additional support and are now ready to take the next step in building their independence, or those who have been moved from other areas, either local or further afield. Despite the difficulties there is a high level of loyalty towards living “in the Bridge” and many families do support each other well.
Since it's launch, the Centre of Mission's work has included:
The Bridge - a drop-in centre for local young people
Children's summer holiday club
A weekly after-school club
Centre of Mission evangelists
To help us resource this pioneering work you can donate now using the button on the right.
To get in contact with this Centre of Mission please email firstname.lastname@example.org.