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Haverfordwest: Merlin’s Bridge launch for new centre

Church Army has launched a new Centre of Mission in the south west corner of Wales, in partnership with the Diocese of St David’s ...

Church Army has launched a new Centre of Mission in the south west corner of Wales, in partnership with the Diocese of St David’s.

The official launch and licensing of the Lead Evangelist for the centre, Val Legg, was held at St Mark’s School in Merlin's Bridge on the evening of 23 May.

The St David’s Centre of Mission aims to provide a focus for the local diocese in shaping strategy, engaging in contemporary evangelism and establishing new models of Christian community.

The centre will be based on the Merlin’s Bridge estate in Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, an area with high levels of poverty and unemployment.
Xplore evangelism training programme graduate, Ian Roulston, will be working alongside Val in his role as Pioneer Evangelist. This is the third Church Army Centre of Mission to open in Wales, following the launch of the St Asaph and Llandaff Centres of Mission last year.

The Bishop of St David’s, Wyn Evans, said: "Our diocese is delighted to be part of this exciting and innovative venture. God calls all his people to be of service and we are charged to go and make disciples of all nations. Our partnership with Church Army will strengthen us in this pioneering ministry."

Church Army National Operations Manager, Neville Willerton, said: “We are thrilled to be launching the new Centre of Mission in the Diocese of St David’s. Both Val and Ian come with a lot of energy for their new roles and have solid experience in pioneering work. Our prayers are that the new centre will enable many people to find faith in Christ.”

The Venerable Dennis Wight, Archdeacon of St David's, also had his Church Army Commission restored as part of the evening service.

PHOTO (from left): Church Army National Operations Manager, Neville Willerton; Church Army Dean of Community, Andrew Chadwick; The Bishop of St David's, Wyn Evans, Lead Evangelist for the new St David's Centre of Mission, Val Legg and the Archdeacon of St David’s Dennis Wight.

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