An exciting new project aimed at renewing church life and the Christian testimony in Wales was launched in north Wales last night at Capel Coffa chapel, Llandudno Junction.
Y Ffordd – The Way is a four-year plan which encourages fresh and wide-ranging discussion on the nature of the Christian faith. Central to the initiative is a series of thematic videos filmed by the Union of Welsh Independent churches which features vox pops on the street, as well as interviews by church members, ministers and theologians. These will be available as DVDs and on-line to form a basis for group discussion.
This is the first project of its kind by a Christian denomination in Wales. Professional broadcasters have been employed by the Union, which has turned part of its offices in Swansea into a fully-equipped TV and radio recording studio.
The filming is led by the highly-experienced producer-presenter Rhodri Darcy, who previously worked on Songs of Praise and presented Dechrau Canu Dechrau Canmol.
“In an age when church membership is falling rapidly, this unique project helps Christians to strengthen their faith and gives them confidence to express that faith in their communities,” said Dr Geraint Tudur, General Secretary of the Union of Welsh Independent Churches, which represents members in over 400 chapels in Wales. “For many, this may be their last chance to turn the tide of decline and save their chapels from being closed.”
At the launch
A number of people from across North Wales attended the launch at the Capel Coffa. There were readings and prayers by Dylan Rhys and Gareth Edwards , and the project was presented by Robin Samuel . Also taking part was Glyn Williams ( President of the Union – left in the picture ), Robin Samuel , Dr Geraint Tudur , Casi Jones and Rhodri Darcy . Euros Wyn Jones contributed via a video clip and the organist was Catherine Watkin.
The on-line resources will be available to all denominations and for anyone who wishes to learn more about the Christian faith and what church members believe today.
South Wales launch: Bethania chapel, Tumble, Llanelli SA14 6ED Monday evening, 7.00 September 26 at 7.00.