This monthly Bulletin is sent out to help all the churches be more aware of our shared activities, and to keep people informed of news and events.
New outdoor prayer initiative
On Tuesday evening, 25th June, around sixty people from eight different churches gathered together in Newport Civic Centre car park to pray for Newport. The focus was “The King and His Kingdom”. Heath Van Staden, part of the Eldership team at Liberty Church, had felt led to invite people to join together to do this, and with limited publicity the attendance was excellent. It proved to a beautiful time of prayer, with a great desire for God to bless this city and region. The sense of wanting to continue this was strong, so another gathering has been scheduled for Tuesday 23rd July at the Civic Centre, 7.45pm – 8.30pm. If you would like to come along and join us for prayer together on that evening, you will be very welcome. For more information, contact Heath on 07943 501007.
Night Shelter Plus has made a strong start
In April’s bulletin we informed you about our new project, Newport Night Shelter Plus. This grassroots project has been born out of the success of the winter Night Shelter which has partnered with local churches since 2009. In the UK since 2010 homelessness has more than doubled; in Newport the homeless problem has become increasingly evident with tents and encampments springing up all over the city. At Eden Gate we acknowledge that homelessness can effect anyone at any time, not just during the winter. So, in an attempt to meet this need, Eden Gate introduced Night Shelter Plus. Since the opening on 1st April we have rehoused fourteen guests. Two have accessed Christian rehabilitation programmes, two have secured private rented accommodation and nine have been helped to start placements in supported housing. One other person was rehoused by the council at our request due to mental health concerns. With Gods faithful provision we have added more volunteers to our team enabling us to open 5 nights a week (Monday-Friday).
If you would like to be involved in this work, we have a scheme through which several people can co-sponsor each bed. Hosting a guest in the Night Shelter for one month, providing them with housing related support, a bed for each evening, a hot meal and breakfast each morning costs roughly £200. Would you be able to sponsor a bed for £12 a month? We will send you quarterly updates about how many people have used your sponsored bed and how your support has helped them. Please contact Eden Gate on 01633 243235 for further info.
Ruth Jones MP to speak at Newport Church Leaders Annual Breakfast
For several years, Churches in Newport have organised a breakfast meeting for anyone involved in church leadership locally. This year’s breakfast will be on Saturday 14th September, 8.30am, at Cefn Wood Baptist Church, Rogerstone, and the speaker will be Mrs Ruth Jones, Newport West MP, on the theme, Faith & Politics. The cost is £5. Places are limited so please book asap – details overleaf in “Dates for the diary”.
Bridge Christian Counselling – update on the Market re-development
It’s now been confirmed that the Market offices building, where Bridge is sited, will be the first phase of the redevelopment project and work is due to start in 8 to 10 months. So our need for new premises is increasingly urgent. Please pray! ([email protected])
Amazing Grace Spaces – Supported living for women + update about the Pods
With the Grace House (Supported living for women) contract, due to be signed late July, we are looking for volunteers to help with refurbishment, including decoration, fittings and garden clearing. We will need volunteers to help with the running of the house in various ways. Financial support of any kind would also be greatly appreciated. This, as far as we know, is the first Christian house of this type to be opened in Newport and if there are any ladies that you would like to refer please contact us. Please pray for this as it is a big leap of faith. More info:[email protected] or [email protected]
The Safe Space Pods are working better than we ever hoped and are aimed at those who are unable to access Hostels or Night Shelters and who are living in tents on our streets. It has been difficult as this has never been done in the UK before and it’s really tested us, so please pray for us. If you have any space for two Pods, each 2.4m x 1.8m in size, in a carpark, grounds or behind shops in and around the town centre, or you’d like us to visit your church to share about this, please contact:[email protected] / 07802 451340.
Dates for the dairy
Summer events at Newport (St.Woolos) Cathedral, Stow Hill, NP20 4EA