World Mission & Ecumenism

The World Mission and Ecumenism Team seeks to help parishes to engage with other churches, both ecumenically and worldwide, as we play our part in God’s mission today. Our work includes:

  • Raising the profile of World Mission within the diocese.
  • Working towards the setting up of a diocesan companion link with Bukavu Diocese in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
  • Encouraging churches to work and worship together across denominational divisions.
  • Monitoring the completion of Fairtrade Pledge forms as part of the initiative to enable the Church in Wales to become the first Fairtrade Province in the Anglican Communion.

worldmission2.jpgWhy raise the profile of World Mission?

Members of the Team are passionate about their involvement with mission worldwide, which has enriched their lives and the lives of their churches. The Team seeks to encourage others to look beyond their parish boundaries and discover what God is doing today through his people in other parts of the world.

We have so much to learn from our Christian brothers and sisters abroad, as they respond to the challenges of spreading the good news of God’s love in word and deed in their particular context. As we seek to respond to God’s calling in our own localities we can be encouraged and challenged as we hear about what is happening elsewhere.

We have given presentations on World Mission in various deaneries of the diocese, providing the opportunity for participants to hear about a particular aspect of mission or a particular area of the world. We encourage people to think about how they and their churches can get involved in World Mission, and offer resources from various mission agencies to help them in this. The evening ends with prayer using a large world map laid out of the floor, enabling people to pray for people and places which are on their hearts.

If you would like to invite the Team to hold such an evening in your area, please contact Canon Dewi Roberts via the link top left.

Why set up a diocesan companion link?

Many Anglican dioceses in Britain have formed links with dioceses or provinces in other parts of the world. The aim of these links is to offer mutual support and prayer, to share in mission and evangelism, to learn from each other’s cultural heritage and understanding of the Kingdom of God, and to engage in common tasks.

St Davids Diocese has forged a link with Bukavu Diocese in the Democratic Republic of Congo. It has grown out of a personal connection formed by Jennie and Dave Annis who regularly visit Bukavu and work with the church there.

BukavuSigningThe 2014 Diocesan Conference endorsed the link unanimously and Bishop Wyn and Bishop Bahati Bali-Bulsane Sylvestre have since signed the link agreement (pictured left).

Watch the Launch Ceremony

Interview with Bishop Bahati

The Bukavu–St Davids Link committee encourages the sharing of human, material and ministerial resources between the dioceses and the forming of links between deaneries, parishes and schools.

If you would like to be involved in the link, have any suggestions or require any further information please contact Jennie Annis via the link top left.

Why encourage churches to work and worship together across denominational divisions?

On the night of the Last Supper Jesus prayed that his disciples might be one. Church. History has shown how damaging division can be to the mission and ministry of the Christian community.

The Church in Wales is an active member of Cytûn – Churches Together in Wales, and has also been in a Covenant relationship with the Presbyterian, Methodist, United Reformed and Covenanted Baptist Churches in Wales since 1975.

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Ecumenical Communion at The Gathering 2012

In October 2012 The Gathering held at Aberystwyth brought members of the churches together to discuss plans to form a united church in Wales.

In the light of these developments, the Team seeks to encourage parishes to act together with other Churches in all matters except where they are prevented by deep differences of conviction. Members of the Team are involved in local branches of Cytûn, and joint acts of worship and mission initiatives.

For further information about ecumenism please click on the link to the Ecumenical Handbook or contact Revd Huw Mosford or Carola Mercer via the links top left.