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Rev. Dean Aaron Roberts

Church Growth, General Ministry

The Church is the people… but buildings matter.

In October 1943, following the destruction of the Commons Chamber by bombing during the Blitz, there was a debate over how the chamber should be rebuilt. With Winston Churchill’s approval, they agreed to retain its adversarial rectangular pattern, where the parties face each other for debate, rather than changing to a semi-circular or horse-shoe design favoured by other governments. Churchill vehemently defended the point that buildings speak to people and influence them, and thus his famous words on this point are forever remembered…Read more

Current Affairs, General Ministry

What Soul Survivor has taught me

I don’t think I’m the only one who thought that Soul Survivor would never come to an end. That has now changed. After the announcement was made, many people flocked online to make their tributes and share their testimonies about how Soul Survivor had impacted them. They ran into the thousands. Such was the gravity of the announcement that it made a news item on the BBC. I’ve had a few days to think about it, and here’s where I’m currently at…Read more

Church in Wales

Ageism in the Church

Ageism, also called age discrimination, is when someone treats you unfairly because of your age. In our current climate, we are all too quick to diagnose an “ism” or an “ia” to something, but the subject of age, certainly in relation to the Church in Wales, is one which is being highlighted in a number of areas.

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Church in Wales

Governing Body: Admittance of Children to Holy Communion

The Governing Body of the Church in Wales met on the 11th and 12th of April. After a little hiatus due to the fact that I crossed over the threshold from the world of laity to the world of clergy (which prevented me sitting in my appointed role on Governing Body as a lay person), I was back. The overall consensus was that the agenda for this meeting was thin and that proceedings were generally uneventful. The lack of engagement at the podium was testimony to this. There were a few exceptions, notably a presentation from Darren Millar AM on the Church in the Public Square. But the reason it’s taken me the last few weeks to calm down is because of the debate everyone had been waiting for: the Admittance of Children to Holy Communion.

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Church Growth, Rural Ministry

Reflections on Rural Church Growth

Over the years, before, during and after my ordination, I’ve had the privilege of serving in both urban and rural church settings. Currently, I find myself in a mixed bag of churches, grouped together which range from a suburban parish right through to rural settings. One of these parishes is the church of St. James the Great, Rudry. This post aims to reflect and comment, just a little, on this particular church, as it’s growing.Read more

Current Affairs

Our political situation.

Since I started curating (in an ecclesiastical sense), I haven’t had as much time as I had hoped (ha! naive) to write this blog. But recent events, and the prompting of a college friend, have poked me to get on here and to write again. For the last few months, I have seen us edge closer and closer to a precipice whereby all kinds of evil will be unleashed if we, and more specifically, the Church, fail to speak out and do something to stop the degradation of our Western society.Read more

Vocation

The Collar.

One of the big debates in theological college that faculty and students liked to rehearse was “clergy dress”. I don’t want to rake up the pros and cons now, exactly, but I just want to offer some observations that I have made since wearing one “full time”, as it were. I have to say that I’ve never had a problem with clerical dress myself, so I’ve not really had to struggle with wearing my collar. But nonetheless, my eyes have been opened to a whole new world, which I’m going to try to explain now:Read more

Vocation

My first few days as a Deacon.

Last Sunday (26th June) I was ordained as an Anglican Minister. Technically, I am now a Deacon. Next year, God willing, I’ll be ordained again but as a priest/presbyter.

For the last few years, whilst I was training, I had already been part of the staff team of a number of parishes in South Wales. I took services, engaged in mission and evangelism, carried out pastoral visits and prepared candidates for baptism, as well as organising and assisting in baptisms, weddings and funerals.

This morning, I had the first supervision session with my Training Incumbent (the vicar who mentors me for the next few years) as a Curate.

“So, what’s changed?” was his question.Read more

Vocation

A Reflection on My Calling to Ordained Ministry

Well – for the last two years, I’ve been training for ordination in the Anglican Church at Trinity College in Bristol. Those two years are now over, I’ve come out the other side, and I am about to be ordained (literally in an hour’s time). For my pre-ordination retreat, all of us about to be deaconed had been asked to write a reflection on our calling into ministry. Here’s mine for you to read:Read more

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