Impact 242 Cross Hands Centre of Mission
A few years ago, a former curate had a vision of hope for the people of Cross Hands, a small town in south-west Wales. This vision included a community café, a soft play area and a safe space for people who would not normally step into a church building to come and worship. From this vision came the Cross Hands Centre of Mission, with Esther Lockley as Lead Evangelist, along with Ruach Mitchell as Pioneer Evangelist.
Situated near the Black Mountains, there is no denying the surrounding natural beauty of Cross Hands. Glimpses of the mountains and valleys, a reservoir a short drive away and wonderful wildlife make it a very beautiful area to live in. The friendly community are more than ready to welcome and help. Cross Hands is the fourth most populated area in Carmarthenshire. It has a high proportion of residents under 45 and a substantial number of people without qualifications. The impact of COVID-19 has, as with most areas, hit most people here, from the young to the old. There is a sense of an even greater calling now for this centre of mission to respond to the desperate needs of the community.
Despite the pandemic stalling some plans, the team has not sat idly waiting for projects to begin. In response to the destruction of people’s livelihoods by lockdown, a response project was born to provide food packages to those most in need. The food packages have not only helped meet physical needs, but it has opened up conversations, built relationships and enabled the team to share the hope that knowing Jesus brings.
Esther and the team look forward to unveiling and pursuing the plans, dreams and projects God has given them for Cross Hands over the coming months as restrictions ease, especially the opportunity to serve the community in new ways, meeting needs, bringing hope and introducing Jesus to people.
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