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

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

Lots of fun for families at Alway Messy Church

“You should come in here, it’s well fun!” was just one of the affirming comments that was overheard from a child shouting to his friend across the street. A usually peaceful and reflective Sunday was taken over by just over 50 children and adults at St Teilo’s Church Hall in Alway, Newport for our first Messy Church. As this was our first venture together to try a new form of church so we had no idea who would turn up! But we were ... 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

Eli Music Spring Update

So far, 2014 has been great for Eli Music! Music Clubs We continue to provide lunch time and after school Music Clubs in Alway Primary, Duffryn Juniors, Maesglas Primary and St Patrick's Primary School. The Music clubs have been exploring different types of music each week since January, these include Welsh Music, Music from the Movies, Pop Music, Choral Music and many others! It has been a great experience introducing the children to so many new styles of Music, and encouraging them to respond ... Read more

St David’s Continuing Ministerial Development Day

It was great to be with St David's Diocese today to contribute to the CMD day on children, families and young people. You can download the slides from my session on Pioneer Youth Ministry. And here's the free PDF Leaders Guide for the Experiments resource. Here are links to the two books I mentioned in the session: Here be Dragons: Youth Work and Mission Off The Map by Richard & Lorimer Passmore Target: Missional Communities with Young People and Students by Rich Atkinson   And finally, there are lots of ... Read more

Aberystwyth Fresh Expressions Vision Day

It was great to host the Fresh Expressions Vision Day today in Aberystwyth, along with the fantastic Andrew Roberts. As well as the main sessions, I was also asked to use one of the seminar slots to tell some of the story of The Lab and share some of our learning from the last seven years or so of exploring pioneer ministry in Newport. For those of you who were there: Download the slides from my seminar telling the story of The Lab Look through ... Read more
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