Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Another Cardiff Church Bites the Dust

Another church from my home is slated to close. Ely United Reform Church (formerly Ely Congregational Church) will close this Easter with its total of 14 people. This church has served Ely, Cardiff for over 80 years, and now it will join the ever growing community of defunct churches in the area
1. Parish Church of St Mary, Caerau
2. Carmel Baptist Church, Caerau,
3. Saintwell URC, Caerau
4. The Parish Church of St Michael's. Michaelston

Any I have forgotten? my apologies. What has happened? do we have a nation of non believers? Not it seems according to the census a majority (yes a diminishing one) still profess to be Christian, yet most of them will never set a foot inside a church?

Often as not people will say "well you don't have to go to church to be a Christian!". Well the truth is if you don't attend a place of worship then you cant be a Christian as Jesus said "whenever 2 or 3 are gathered in my name, there I will be among them" sounds pretty clear to me. However I don't blame those nominal Christians for not knowing that, when those who do, make no attempt to bring those in, or   whose own lack of charity puts those off.

In my opinion, the more successful churches are the ones that have an active "outreach" in the community, and that does not mean self serving. Here is the US there are churches that provide services to the community.

Churches are not there for themselves, they are there to be Christ to the community by serving and meeting the needs of the poor and oppressed.

That cannot be done with a couple of old people with good intentions.

Church to deliver final service after congregation falls - Cardiff news - CardiffOnline - WalesOnline

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