The PCW's Church & Society Department has welcomed the news that the Westminster Government is to place tougher regulations on short-term loan companies. But the Department is calling for further action against companies such as Wonga and Speedy Dosh.
On 6 September, the 60-year-old minister of Gloddaeth United Church, Llandudno, swam almost 15 miles down the tidal River Conwy to its estuary at Deganwy. Neil, who is also the PCW's Moderator Elect, was aiming to raise funds for LlandudnoYC, the only Christian youth work of its kind in Wales. With Gift Aid, Neil raised over £10,000. Two days after successfully completing the challenge, Neil was interviewed by Roger Boon, one of his team members.
Rehoboth Chapel, Prestatyn, is one of the churches taking part in A Season of Welcome pilot scheme, a new attempt to encourage churches to extend a welcome every day. Here, Mrs Nerys Biddulph describes the first service held as part of A Season of Welcome.
The Presbyterian Church of Wales has renewed its commitment to paying its workers a Living Wage. The Church signed up to the Living Wage campaign in 2011 and has since increased some workers’ salaries in order to ensure that they receive a living wage.
The IF Wales coalition came together at St Woolos Cathedral, Newport on Sunday to celebrate the achievements of the UK campaign as it draws a close. 23 organisations came together this year across Wales in a nationwide campaign to end global hunger and by working together they made change happen.
There was an opportunity to brand a brand new book in the meeting of the Association in the East in Newtown earlier this month, following the launch of 'The History of Welsh Calvinistic Methodism, III: Growth and Consolidation (c.1814-1914)'. This is a new abridged English version of a Welsh volume published in 2011. It focuses on the years following secession from the Anglican Church in 1811 down to the eve of the Great War.
Staff at the Central Office were pleased to welcome official visitors from Singapore recently. Revd Cheng Huat Tan, Vice Moderator of the Presbyterian Church in Singapore and Senior Pastor of True Way PC, and Revd Timothy See, the Executive Secretary of the English-speaking Presbytery, came to meet PCW General Secretary, Revd Meirion Morris. They were on an official visit to support and provide pastoral care to our missionaries, Revd Charles & Molly Chua from the Presbyterian Church in Singapore.
Revd Meirion Morris, General Secretary, describes his joy at receiving visitors from Laitumkrah Presbytery, India.
Welsh chapel-goers are inviting friends and family members to come with them to chapel this Sunday and over the coming weeks. Many of the Presbyterian Church of Wales’ chapels are taking part in ‘Back to Church Sunday’, which sees Christians inviting someone they know to come with them to the service on this particular Sunday, 30 September. Churches will concentrate on extending a particularly warm welcome to both total newcomers and to people who have stopped attending church.
The PCW Moderator encourages us all to sponsor Neil Kirkham as he swims down the river Conwy.