Press Release: 31/12/2019
Churches challenged to take innovative action to halt potentially terminal decline
As church and chapel congregations crumble and places of worship close at an alarming rate, a Welsh Christian leader is challenging members to take more innovative action as we enter a new decade.
“It’s high time to clear out the things that burden us and take risks – although that may initially cause us distress,” said the Revd Dyfrig Rees, General Secretary of the Union of Welsh Independent Churches in his New Year’s Message.
“If we don’t take risks, then Christianity will continue to die out in our communities, until Wales becomes almost a wholly secular nation.
But the good news is that there are still many thousands of us believers and Christianity has renewed itself over the centuries when people showed courage and vision.
Why not make a New Year’s Resolution to emulate them? Even if we failed, history wouldn’t remember us as the generation that didn’t even try.”