Welcome to the Diocese of St Davids, named after Wales’ patron saint whose cathedral in Pembrokeshire is one of the jewels of the nation. The diocese also covers the counties of Ceredigion and Carmarthenshire including the western industrial valleys and the town of Llanelli.
FOCUS ON CHILD POVERTY: Plant Dewi projects praised at the Eisteddfod
“Child poverty is the biggest challenge facing the Welsh Government today,” according to the Children’s Commissioner for Wales. And Plant Dewi – the St Davids diocesan family support charity – is in the front line of the fight.
An event at this year’s National Eisteddfod featured two Plant Dewi projects under the title A Poor Upbringing? , hosted by the Archbishop of Wales, John Davies, and the Bishop of Bangor, Andy John
Samantha Duggan (pictured left), described how the charity had helped 109 young parents over the past year, including a ‘Baby Bundle’ scheme to provide essentials for newborns, and Sian Cheeseman told of her work with the Tŷ Mair family centre in Burry Port which includes a food club and skills training.
Estimates indicate there are 200,000 children in Wales are living in poverty today, with cutbacks in benefits and public funding for family services significantly adding to the problem. The Welsh Government recently said it would not be able to reach its target of ending child poverty by 2020.
“Churches do some important work to support families who are living in poverty, including food banks, and organising free packed lunches for children at holiday clubs over the summer to replace their free school meals and ensure they don’t go hungry. These are some examples of the initiatives that can really make a difference to the most vulnerable families,” the Children’s Commissioner Dr Sally Holland, told those present
100 DAYS OF PEACE AND HOPE
Remembrance 100 – 100 years, 100 days and two minutes of silence.
On 4th August 2018 churches of all denominations, started 100 days of prayer, peace and reconciliation, called Remembrance 100.
Church leaders, Christian ministries, charities and members of the Armed Forces from Britain and the Commonwealth have provided prayers and suggestions for peace-making activities. These 100 Days of Peace and Hope have been collated online at www.remembrance100.co.uk/100-days. They are available free to be used by individuals, churches and schools in villages, towns and cities across the UK to reflect on the losses of war, and to work and pray for peace.
The St Davids website is being updated all the time. But you might not spot some of the changes at first glance. So here are some of the recent additions:
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