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St Asaph: new Church Army mission centre starts

A new Church Army Centre of Mission in North Wales was launched yesterday (28 September), in partnership with the Diocese of St Asaph ...

A new Church Army Centre of Mission in North Wales was launched yesterday (28 September), in partnership with the Diocese of St Asaph.
 
The St Asaph Centre of Mission will be located at St Mark’s Church within Caia Park in Wrexham. Around 14,000 people live on the estate.   
 
The objective of the new Centre of Mission is to establish new expressions of church, equipping the wider Church in the practice of contemporary evangelism among local communities. The Centre of Mission will be key in establishing the Church Army DARE (Doing, Advocating, Resourcing and Enabling evangelism) strategy across the diocese.
 
Church Army Evangelist, Chris Lawton, has been appointed as the Lead Evangelist. Chris was previously working within the Diocese of Winchester with children, youth and young families.
 
“As I begin my new role, my priority will be to listen and discern God's will for creating worshipping communities within the estate,” said Chris, “Above all, I pray that the power of the Holy Spirit may flow through Wales and we will see lives changed by the power of the Gospel.”
 
Josh Smith will be working alongside him in the capacity of Pioneer Evangelist at the new Centre of Mission. Josh has been working as a youth and community worker and worship leader in Liverpool for the past three years. Before this, Josh took part in our Xplore evangelism training programme for young adults.
 
The Bishop of the Diocese of St Asaph, Gregory Cameron, said: “The Centre of Mission is a welcome and inspiring initiative, bringing together the commitment of the diocese to be a witness to Jesus Christ with the enthusiasm and expertise of Church Army in evangelism. It unites the aspirations of the congregation in St Mark’s with a very real channel of mission, which seeks to meet the community at the point of need. It seeks to proclaim the gospel and renew the church.”
 
Church Army Chief Executive, Mark Russell, said: “I am delighted in this partnership between Church Army and the Diocese of St Asaph. We have a bold, dynamic and exciting vision for our new Centre of Mission in Wrexham. We pray that a new team of Church Army Evangelists, working with the local Christian community can, under God, grow something new that enables many people to discover that following Jesus is the best thing they can do with their lives.”

Caption (top): Church Army Evangelist, Chris Lawton, is the Lead Evangelist for the new St Asaph Centre of Mission.

Caption (bottom): The Bishop of the Diocese of St Asaph, Gregory Cameron.

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