Cardiff East Local Ecumenical Partnership

Cardiff East Local Ecumenical PartnershipFrom its beginning, Christchurch has always been involved with other local churches – generally as part of a local “council of churches”. In 2005, however, Christchurch was one of the group of churches that wanted to move beyond simply the occasional shared activity, to find greater ways of expressing our unity as the body of Christ.

So the Cardiff East Local Ecumenical Partnership was established, by the signing of a Covenant between All Saints’ Cyncoed, All Saints’ Llanedeyrn, Christchurch, the Church of the Resurrection in St Mellons, Cyncoed Methodist Church, Pontprennau Community Church, Rumney Methodist Church, St David’s Ecumenical Church in Pentwyn, St Dyfrig’s Church in Llanrumney, St Edeyrn’s Church, and St Mellons Parish Church.

The objectives of the partnership include the following, all aiming to increase the churches’ commitment to each other and to working together:

The greatest achievement of the Local Ecumenical Partnership is the Maelfa Shop and drop-in centre. This provides a place for people to come and meet with others, have a cup of tea, buy second-hand goods, and get advice on any problems they are having. Recently the Cardiff Foodbank outlet and the Speakeasy sessions have given it a sharper outreach focus.

The Partnership has a management group, the Cardiff East Ecumenical Mission Council. Each church in the Local Ecumenical Partnership has three representatives: the Minister and two lay members who are elected at the AGM.