Archives by: James Henley


Community of St Thomas Commissioning Service

On Tuesday 8th, Bishop Richard commissioned the first members of the new Community of St Thomas. As well as licensing Rev James Henley as the Guardian of the new Community, Georgia Cousins and Sarah Mason were commissioned as Residential Members, living in St Thomas' Vicarage in Maesglas, and Amy Henley was commissioned as a Companion Member. It was a fantastic evening in the packed St Thomas' Church. We are grateful to members of St Thomas' Church, The Lab and the Holywell Community - ... Read more

Troy’s Baptism

On Saturday 10th July, we had a BBQ and Troy, one of the longstanding members of our Lab family, was baptised. Read more

Review Day 2016

Each year we get our team together to review the last year, and chat about how they've grown. Here's what they had to say... Read more

Welcoming the Stranger: An Advent Reflection

In many ways, the Game of Thrones books and TV series are the Lord of the Rings for a new, emerging generation. In Westeros, the world of the series, the characters primarily believe in one God depicted as seven different, unique characters. The author was almost certainly influenced by our own Christian understanding of the Trinity. Each of these seven personas is interesting in itself, but the one which has most captured my imagination recently is the Stranger. In the world of ... Read more

The Time is Now Vlog: Church in Wales 2020 Vision Conference #g2020v

People from churches all over Wales gathered on the 21st and 22nd November for a landmark conference to share ideas on the future of the church, as part of the Church in Wales 2020 Vision. Rev'd Justin Groves and James Henley from The Lab team were there in Llandudno as part of the delegation from Monmouth Diocese. James has been video blogging (vlogging) updates, key discussion points and his own commentary during the breaks between sessions. Vlog 1: Introductions and Programme Vlog 2: Where ... Read more

Introducing Jess Carr

Jess Carr is one of the newest members of our Lab staff team, starting with us this September. We're really excited to have her joining our Alway hub as a Youth Work Apprentice over the next year. We asked her a few questions to give you the chance to find out a bit more about her. 1. Tell us a bit about you, where you're from, and your life so far. I'm from a very large family (1 of 11 kids) in North Wales, ... Read more

2014 Annual Report

Our 2014 Annual Report is now available. We've just published our Annual Report for this year. It has the full details of everything that's been happening across our four different hubs, as well as the work we've been doing to provide training and resources for pioneer ministry in South Wales and further afield. Have a read below, or download it as a pdf. Read more

Why do we need mission pioneers? CMS Pioneer Mission Leadership Training Here's a new video which tells the stories of some of the students on the CMS Pioneer Mission Leadership course. I'm halfway through the CMS MA and can wholeheartedly recommend the course. It's a fantastic melting pot bringing together the latest thinking around pioneer ministry, two centuries of cross-cultural mission experience, and an amazing group of students who are all trying out new things in their own contexts and communities. You can find more information about the course, as well as some great interviews and ... Read more

3 Brilliant Group Resources on Mission

A great way to be inspired and encouraged to engage in mission is to explore what that might look like together with a group of like-minded people. Here are 3 resources on mission we've found useful, which you could look at together with a group of friends, with your missional community or church planting team, in your church council, or with your small group. 1. Mission-Shaped Intro The course runs over six weeks, with a lot of flexibility in how you present it depending ... Read more

Come and See: A guide to beginning and sustaining a missional venture by Ian Adams

Come and See is Ian Adams' guide on how to start a missional venture or community in 20 simple steps. Ian was involved in the emerging church community mayBe, in Oxford, and among other things now works with CMS to encourage and support missional communities, orders and hubs across the UK. I've finally had the chance to take a look and this looks to be a really simple useful resource for those involved in mission initiatives and communities. It's a PDF ebook available ... Read more
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