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 will also double as a worship space for the celebration of the Eucharist.
As far as we are aware, once this transformation has been completed, All Saints’ Cyncoed will be the first petting zoo church in the UK, uniquely placed as a resource for animal-related mission in the wider Church.
Ministry Area Leader, the Revd James Henley, is delighted with the plans. ‘It will be so good to be together in God’s presence amongst all the animals’, he said, ‘and next December our Christmas nativity service will be the best in the country!’
Update – April Fool’s!
Well it was interesting, at least for a few hours, to imagine a world in which our curate’s wildest dreams had come true!
By the way – If anyone does really want to visit a petting zoo, then the best we can offer is a visit to the Revd Matt Davis’ house.