Well, Christmas and New Year have been and gone! Amy, Evie and I are so grateful for the incredible welcome we’ve received from everyone across the whole ministry area over the last couple of months. We are settling in so well, and enjoying getting to know everyone better!
In all the busyness of our arrival, and then Christmas, you may have missed our friends, Georgia and Sarah, who moved into the ministry area shortly after us at the beginning of December. Some of you will have already met them, but let me know introduce them properly to you now, and explain a bit of why they’re here.
One of my previous jobs in Newport was to develop a small community of young adults, who would live, pray and work together in the parish, serving the local community. When we discussed the move to Cyncoed Ministry Area, it was Bishop Richard who suggested that the two young adults who had been working with me should also move as well. He hoped that they would be a help with all that’s going on in here, as well as thinking about new groups and activities we might be able to start to reach local young people.
Now we are all beginning to settle in and find our bearings, we have decided on a name for our new community: The Cornerstone Community.
The aim of The Cornerstone Community is to enable young people to explore and re-imagine monastic religious life in 21st century Cardiff. Drawing on the Franciscan tradition, the Community will commit to a lifestyle of contemplative activism, combining prayer and contemplation with an active response to the needs of the local community. It will be an authorised religious community in the Diocese of Monmouth, similar to the Holywell Community in Abergavenny, and Bishop Richard will be visiting in February to officially launch this new enterprise.
This is something brand new to the Ministry Area, and fairly new to the Diocese and the Church in Wales, so it is exciting that it will be taking shape here! So far, the two girls have begun helping with the Youth Club on Monday nights at St David’s, dropping into morning prayer at All Saints, and are beginning to explore some of the different services on a Sunday. It is all very new territory for them, having moved to a new city with so many people to get to know, but I am sure you will all give them a warm welcome!
Please come and offer your support as we launch the Cornerstone Community with Bishop Richard, at 6pm on Sunday 11th February in All Saints Cyncoed.