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13,248 emergency food parcels given to local people in the last year, Cardiff Foodbank reveals 

Cardiff Foodbank provided 13,248 three-day emergency food parcels to local people between April 2018 and March 2019. Of this number, 5041 (38%) went to households with children aged predominately 0-11 years. 48% went to single people. The local food bank’s figures feed into a larger national picture with a record increase in food bank use across the UK reported today by the Trussell Trust.  Cardiff Foodbank is backing calls from the Trussell Trust to ensure the benefits system is able to protect people from poverty; as well as ensure those in work have sufficient means to feed themselves and their…
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Message Bus: Churches uniting to see mission happen

Message in Wales is doing great work amongst young people and one of the ways it does this through the work of the Message Bus. The Message Bus has been busy over the past few months with new regular bookings through church partnerships. One of these partnerships has been with New Life Church in Gower who have started running sessions in Pennard.  Over the first three weeks the bus has had over 50 young people coming to the sessions. So far, we’ve seen four of these young people make a response to the gospel. We’re also seeing unity in the…
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How about buying a "Real Easter Egg" this Easter

Out of the 80 million Easter eggs sold in this part of the world every year, The Real Easter Egg is the only one which has an Easter story book in the box, is made of Fairtrade chocolate and supports charitable projects. This year the Original and Dark eggs are plastic free. There is also a chance to win £200 worth of book vouchers, and free education resources to download. Since 2010 we have been helping people put more meaning into Easter with our unique eggs. See below for details of the 2019 eggs. We offer free delivery on orders over £71 to mainland GB…
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Simply Eat: the book

Simply Eat is a coffee table book designed to inspire Christians to share Jesus around food. Have we forgotten that faith and food belong together? From Genesis to Revelation, God provides food for His people to eat. Regardless of age or ethnicity, gender or class, we all share the same God-given physical and spiritual hunger. When we come together to eat, we discover our shared humanity and find our spiritual as well as our physical needs can be met. From a BAFTA award-winning writer to a former Hindu priest, and from a poetic schoolgirl to a celebrity chef, Simply Eat is an inspirational collection of stories and recipes…
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Secular Lent: an ancient tradition in a modern world

Is today's interest in Lent an opportunity for the church? “The hope is that you will come out of this period a better person, less prone to excess, less rapacious. You don’t necessarily need to take the Gospels as gospel to participate: many of us could find comfort in and benefit from winnowing down our bad habits.” That’s how Guardian columnist Dawn Foster wrote about Lent this week. During Lent Christians have traditionally given up food in forms of fasting, and this has expanded in recent years to the foregoing of many other things. It is also notable how popular this once…
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Siân Rees joins the Evangelical Alliance as director of Wales

The Evangelical Alliance is delighted to welcome Siân Rees as its new director of the Evangelical Alliance in Wales and to the UK-wide leadership team.  Siân joins the Evangelical Alliance having most recently led a performing arts faculty at a secondary school in North Wales. Siân brings to the role extensive experience and connections from working with churches and Christian organisations across Wales. Steve Clifford, general director of the Evangelical Alliance, said: “We are delighted to welcome Siân Rees as our new director of the Evangelical Alliance in Wales and member of the UK leadership team. “Siân is a first…
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A response to the new First Minister of Wales, Mark Drakeford

I have been very busy recently, as huge changes have been made across politics in Wales. I was present, sitting in the gallery of the Senedd on December 12, when Welsh Labour Leader Mark Drakeford was voted to succeed Carwyn Jones as First Minister. Since then Mark has announced his new cabinet and participated in his first ‘First Minister’s Questions’ in his new post last Tuesday. Once elected, Mark gave a passionate acceptance speech in which he thanked his predecessor and focused heavily on the former First Minister, Rhodri Morgan. During this speech, Mark Drakeford declared that he wanted to be…
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"Prayer changes things" - a Pray resource for 2019

There's no better to time to think about how to engage in Prayer than this time of year.   Most of us feel we could learn more about how to pray and breakthrough into the fullness of what God has for our lives. Prayer Magazine is a great little resource to help that.  With in depth articles from some of the UK's best speakers and a constant source of encouragement to help us in our prayer life.   You can get subscriptions now for individuals and Churches, with upto 55% off over the New Year. To subscribe to Prayer Magazine, Click…
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The Nativity Story

This still has to be one of my favourite renditions of the Christmas story. Produced by a Church in Aukland Australia. Not to be missed! 
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We can make every day a jubilee

With poverty strangling the lives of many around the UK, John Kirkby, founder of Christians Against Poverty, reminds us that economic justice is everyone’s responsibility. Half a tin of beans and a yoghurt. ​“How long will this last you?” asks the voiceover man as the camera lingers on the saddest of fridges. ​“Four days,” says Holly. So begins the documentary The Debt Saviours which was aired on BBC2 this autumn. It focuses on some of the individuals being helped by the charity Christians Against Poverty (CAP), including Holly, who, just into adulthood and living alone following a childhood in care, is routinely brave and her courage is…
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