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Neath: new Centre of Mission to launch on housing estate

A new Church Army Centre of Mission will be launched in South Wales on Monday (21 September), in partnership with the Diocese of Llandaff ...

A new Church Army Centre of Mission will be launched in South Wales on Monday (21 September), in partnership with the Diocese of Llandaff ...
 
The new Centre of Mission will be based in Cimla, Neath, one of the largest private housing estates in Wales.

The Lllandaff Centre of Mission aims to establish new models of Christian community; train and enthuse individuals across the diocese in mission and evangelism; and create links with the local community, particularly in schools and with the elderly.
 
Church Army Evangelist, Andy Settle, has been appointed as the Lead Pioneer Evangelist for the centre. Previously, Andy worked as a Mission Enabler in Somerset, where he helped to build bridges between the church and the local community.

Andy said: “I’m very much looking forward to moving to Neath to launch the new Llandaff Centre of Mission and I’m very excited to see what God is going to do through us. By making connections and building relationships, we hope that many people will come to know the Lord.”
 
Church Army and the Diocese of Llandaff have enjoyed strong links for many years. There are many Church Army Evangelists serving within the Diocese of Llandaff, and some of Church Army’s key projects, such as Church Army Residential Services and The Amber Project, are based within the diocese.
 
Church Army Chief Executive, Mark Russell, said: “I am delighted with the partnership between Church Army and the Diocese of Llandaff.  We have a big vision, to work alongside others in Neath and to communicate the Good News in innovative ways. We want to let people know they are loved by God and find new ways of helping people grow in discipleship.”
 
The Archbishop of Wales, Barry Morgan, said: “I am very grateful to the Church Army, who come with a proven track-record of mission, for heading up this Centre, working alongside the clergy and people in Neath. It forms a very exciting and promising example of how a Ministry Area can open up possibilities and enable us to reach out.”
 
Nearly half the population of Wales lives in the Diocese of Llandaff, which comprises more than one million people. Recent social and economic changes have brought about a rise in unemployment and social hardship in the area.

Photos (top): Church Army Evangelist, Andy Settle, has been appointed as the Lead Pioneer Evangelist for the Llandaff Centre of Mission

Above: The Archbishop of Wales, Barry Morgan, and the Assistant Bishop of Llandaff, the Rt Revd David Wilborne, have been pivotal in developing the new Centre of Mission in South Wales. Photo by permission of Media Wales.

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