Welsh-speakers will be meeting in Cardiff next week to explore ways of improving ministry through the Welsh language.
The two-day event will include a range of speakers from across Wales and workshops focusing on various aspects of church life, including music, evangelism, worship and serving communities.
It will take place on May 2-4 in Cardiff Bay and will be led by the Bishop of Bangor, Andy John.
Organiser, the Revd Dr Ainsley Griffiths, chaplain at University of Wales Trinity Saint David, says, “The Church in Wales serves communities across our country, from Holyhead to Chepstow, offering ministry to all. In doing this, we are keen to respect and celebrate our bilingual nature, operating through both Welsh and English as much as possible.
“The aim of this conference is to strengthen our ability to minister faithfully in Welsh. There will be plenty of food for the soul through traditional and contemporary worship, Bible studies and an opportunity to explore Wales’ Christian tradition in an interactive manner. Additionally, there will be a series of workshops on various aspects of Church life, including worship, music, spirituality, ministry among families, evangelism, understanding and serving our communities and putting faith into practice in serving the vulnerable. On the final day we will seek to make commitments for the future through offering ongoing support for those ministering in Welsh. The conference will close with a lively and joyful celebration of the Eucharist at which Bishop Andy will preside and preach.
“Although this is a conference specifically for the Church in Wales many of our speakers come from other denominations and it will be our privilege to welcome them and learn from them as seek renewal and revival.”
The Bishop of Bangor, Andy John, said, “I’m looking forward to meeting with colleagues in Cardiff next week to discuss out strengths and the challenges we face. The conference is an opportunity for those of us who operate through the medium of Welsh to encourage each other and plan for a hopeful future.”