Llandaff Centre of Mission

Andy Settle and Hannah Seal lead the Llandaff Centre of Mission. It was launched in September 2015 and is based across the Deanery of Neath, working across 8 parishes that form this deanery. The centre of missions’ work is inter-generational; beginning with children and young people through the school assemblies, Messy Church events and community fun days. They also set up The Lounge project, which is a weekly lunchtime club held in two local secondary schools and Chill Out, a weekly after-school club. The other focus for the centre of mission is support for the elderly, many of whom feel isolated and lonely as the sense of close community is diminishing. This includes running Connected, which is a regular drop-in for older people. Other activities that they run within the community include Prayer Breakfasts, Fellowship walks and Community Fun Days.

During the School holidays the centre of mission has been involved in delivering summer events, such family activity mornings, film show, and helping a Cardiff Senior school deliver a Summer Holiday programme. During the last three years it has also been involved in creating ‘The Pack Lunch project, working with Churches Together in Briton Ferry to make and distribute pack lunches to children and families who find the school holidays a struggle.

Andy and Hannah have continued to look at how they can support local churches in their evangelism and outreach and support existing fresh expressions of church, however it is fair to say that none of these projects would have been possible without a valiant band of committed volunteers that have come from within these communities.

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Carolyn Kinsman, 09/06/2017

St asaph Centre of Mission 

Launched in September 2015, the St. Asaph Centre of Mission is based in Caia Park in Wrexham, which is recognised by the European Community as an area of significant poverty and deprivation. Statistics reveal high levels of unemployment, limited social mobility, low levels of disposable income, a high crime rate and growing concerns about racial integration and social isolation. Josh Smith is Pioneer Evangelist at the centre of mission and his work is predominantly with young people. He is a school pastor at the local high school and also runs the Tin Can Youth Centre, where they have two after-school drop-in sessions and a weekly youth club. You can watch a short film about Josh's work at the Tin Can Youth Centre on our films page (film by the Diocese of St Asaph). Josh is also the Chaplain for Wrexham FC. The centre of mission also works with children and families and runs a monthly Me & My Dad Club in partnership with a local church. The childrens and family work includes leading regular assemblies at the two primary schools on the estate and running holiday clubs to bring the community and the church together. The centre of mission works in partnership with the local foodbank, holiday hunger schemes to provide for children that rely on school meals and Caia Friars, who pray regularly for the area. The centre of mission also supports mission and evangelism across the whole diocese.

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Carolyn Kinsman, 09/06/2017

HAVERFORDWEST (St David's)

Val Legg and Molly Baldwin (maternity cover) lead our Haverfordwest (St David's) Centre of Mission. Launched in May 2016 it is based on the Merlin Bridge estate, which is a large housing estate of mostly rented council or housing association properties. In parts of the estate there is a high level of poverty, exacerbated by high levels of unemployment. Although some people have 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 needed additional support and are now ready to take the next step in building their independence. Val runs both an afterschool and a lunchtime club (FROG) at the primary school with approximately 1 in 3 of the eligible children choosing to attend and supports the weekly toddler group there. They also run The Bridge, a youth drop-in open twice a week. Val also works with families who need extra support and advice, as well as with the older residents, especially those who live in the supported housing complex but still feel isolated and lonely. Find out the latest update from the Centre of Mission by reading their latest newsletter.

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Carolyn Kinsman, 09/06/2017