Posts by James Henley

Posts by James Henley

Gift Day 2019

Dear Friends On Friday 1st November, All Saints’ Day, we are holding our annual gift day to support the work of mission of our four churches across the Ministry Area. This year we are doing something new! Half the money raised will go to our churches, and half to a local cause. Over the last couple of weeks, we’ve invited nominations from you and voting has taken place for our three shortlisted charities. We’re now pleased to announce that our…

Nominate a cause for our Gift Day

Our Annual Ministry Area Gift Day is coming up on Friday 1st November – All Saints’ Day. This year, we’re looking to do something a bit different – we want to give half the money raised away to a local cause. So we’re looking for ideas of who to donate to! The Conditions They must be a local charity working in Cardiff and/or South East Wales (national and international charities won’t be considered, unless the donation can be targeted toward…

The Heart of the Matter

It’s a remarkably common phenomenon that when we, as people, experience intense suffering, it’s precisely then that we often find ourselves reaching out desperately for God. As we approach the final two weeks of Lent — a period often called ‘Passiontide’ because it is the time in the church year when we are drawn to reflect on Jesus’ passion — one of the parts of the passion narrative which is so often glossed over is the Garden of Gethsemane.

[April Fool’s!] Evangelism Funding to transform Cyncoed Church

Subject to final approval, we are delighted that the PCC and Diocese of Monmouth have reached agreement in principle for an ambitious bid to the new Church in Wales Evangelism Fund. The centrepiece of the bid is to fund a complete transformation of All Saints’ Church, Cyncoed Rd, creating a new centre for animal-based mission in South Wales. Pews and other furnishings will be removed to make way for small animal enclosures, and a new animal performance space created which…

Regroup, Refuel, Refocus

Reflections on Lent from this month’s Ministry Area Magazine. Life today usually necessitates plenty of road trips. Whether for work, for leisure or to see our extended family, we often find ourselves spending lots of time on the road from place to place. This Christmas just gone, over the course of a week or so, as a family we travelled from Cardiff to Aberystwyth to my parents’ house, then across to the Wirral to see my wife Amy’s family, then…

Using our gifts to grow God’s Kingdom

It was really lovely to come together for our first Ministry Area service of 2019 a couple of weeks ago. Over the last year, our Year of Listening, we’ve worked together to create our new Ministry Area vision — to ‘grow God’s Kingdom for the good of our neighbours’ by nurturing faith, growing together and strengthening our communities. At the service in January, we began to explore what it would look like to put this all into practice together, and…

Wait!

I can’t believe that it’s already that time of year once again where we look ahead to Christmas! Services are being planned, calendars organised, gifts bought and Christmas adverts are beginning to appear on TV. But of course, before Christmas arrives in our churches, we first share in the season of Advent. Advent is a time of watching and waiting, when we reflect on all the rich Old Testament prophecy about Jesus’ arrival, and look ahead to his coming again.…

Gift Day 2018

A day of generosity, thanksgiving and prayer. On Thursday 1st November, All Saints’ Day, we are holding our annual gift day to support the work of mission of our four churches across the Ministry Area. All Saints’ Church will be open from 8am until our Celebration Eucharist at 7pm. During the day, there is a programme of prayer, fellowship and activities, and throughout the day there will be refreshments, spaces to pray and information available about our finances. You will…

(Extra)ordinary Time

As Summer continues, we’re now well into the part of the church calendar which has the very mundane title, ‘Ordinary Time’. The practical reason for this term is that we use all the ‘ordinary’ parts of the liturgy in our services during this period, without any seasonal variations. But it also gives us an opportunity to think about what it means to follow Jesus in all the parts of our lives which feel ordinary and mundane to us. We don’t…

Loving our neighbours

Who are our neighbours in this ministry area? What are their dreams and their concerns about our communities? How can we best welcome and serve them in order to make our communities better places to live? These are some of the questions we will have been exploring in our second Ministry Area service for our ‘Year of Listening’ on Sunday 1st July. Jesus, of course, famously commanded us to ‘love our neighbour as ourselves’, but also modelled through his earthly ministry…

Bearing Fruit

How can we bear ‘fruit’ in our shared life as a ministry area? And what fruit should we bear? These are the questions that we will have explored together in our first Ministry Area service of the new year, which will have just taken place by the time this month’s magazine is distributed. This word, ‘fruit’, comes from the wonderful image of the vine and the branches, shared by Jesus with his disciples in John 15.1-8. This is a rich…

A Year of Listening

In our rapidly developing 21st century world, change is now the only constant! Our city is continually adapting and ever expanding (as shown by the current housing developments close to St Edeyrn’s), and modern technology has brought about societal change on a level that previous generations could never have imagined. In addition, we now find ourselves in an increasingly post-Christian society, where the old adage that ‘the parish church is at the centre of the community’ sadly no longer applies.…
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