Archbishop dedicates new RE Centre in Wrexham
The Archbishop of Wales, Dr Barry Morgan has officially dedicated the new St Giles’ Centre for RE and Faith Development in Wrexham hoping it will promote “respect, tolerance and responsibility”.
He was joined in Wrexham by Bishop Gregory and other local dignitaries on Saturday 14 January to see the Centre officially opened and to formally dedicate it.
The Mayor of Wrexham, Councillor Ian Roberts officially cut the ribbon.
The RE Centre is designed to raise the standards of Religious Education not just in Wrexham but across Wales. It has three members of staff who have been jointly appointed to the project with Wrexham Council.
It’s hoped the £500,000 development will fulfil three aims. Firstly to promote good quality RE teaching in schools, secondly to help the church to be effective in its work with young people and thirdly to help the building at St Giles’ point people to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
The Mayor of Wrexham Cllr Ian Roberts cuts the ribbon
Schools already visit the centre and there are 21 workshops to teach pupils about Christianity. They don’t just focus on facts, they explain the reasons behind certain aspects of the faith, so the session on Baptism is called “Baptism and Belonging” while the session on Marriage is called “Marriage and Faithfulness”.
Commenting on the new facility, the Archbishop said:
“Learning about different religions and what it might mean to take religion seriously as well as seeing life from other perspectives is more important than ever for young people today.
“It teaches them values such as respect, tolerance and responsibility and raises awareness of our common humanity.
“The challenge for this new centre will be to equip teachers with high quality materials that will engage and inspire children, whether they are in Sunday school or teenagers. I am delighted to be dedicating it and I wish it every success.”
Gavin Craigen is the Executive Director at the St Giles’ Centre and added:
“Our aim is to see Religious Education taught more effectively to children and young people – not just in Wrexham but across Wales; and for young people to become excited and positive about their faith.”
On Sunday there was a Benefice service at St Giles where Bishop Gregory dedicated the new altar built as part of the re-ordering work at the Church, while the Archbishop dedicated the refurbished Davies Gates.
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