Bethlehem Church Life Centre, Cefn Cribwr, Bridgend (14/05/2006)
Posted: 14 May, 2006
A church at the very heart of its community - that is Bethlehem Church Life Centre in Cefn Cribwr, near Bridgend. The transformation of what was then an inward looking church began in 2000 when the leaders began to discuss how they could more effectively serve their community.
The vision evolved into seeking funding for a community relevant building and was realised when the new Life Centre was opened in 2005. Within a year of that event, the church's congregation had trebled in size to 140 (including children and young people) and, apart from these spiritual benefits, the centre's facilities themselves are being used by hundreds every week.
There is a strong emphasis on sport and exercise, children and young people and education, with activities such as aerobics, five-a-side football and circuit training, children's and young people's clubs and computer classes on offer.
A large conference centre is hired out by local authorities, health boards and others while the Coffee Bar underpins the commitment to being a community centre. Both contribute towards the sustainability of the project. For more information - visit www.mybclc.org
At the heart of the work is the small army of volunteers, with up to 50 people (church and community) offering at least an hour of their time every month, with some much more. One of their motto's is: "God is looking for availability not ability".