The parishes in Cynon Valley South, (Abercynon, Penrhiwceiber, Mountain Ash, Aberaman and Cwmbach) will be moving forward with the Diocesan plan to become a Ministry Area, which makes 2021 a year of planning and prayer as we become one unit by Jan 1st 2022.
We are developing a strategy as reps from our parishes work together to understand how we can keep our local identity but join together in our mission and sharing skills to reach out to our communities
The whole of the diocese is changing in this way so there will be 29 Ministry Areas but each one will have the chance to organise its church life and mission in the ways that suit them best.
This brings encouragement for our worship and community involvement in mission at Abercynon to be supported as we share with other local congregations. The diocese is providing ministry areas with access to youth workers and community workers and we certainly would love to grow in cooperation with out school's work, projects and administration.
At the same time it will be the end of Abercynon Parish’s independence in making decisions and controlling finances. The ONE NEW benefice will have its own PCC (called a Ministry Area Council) to oversee everything and the present parishes will have their own congregational committees to make sure that the local scene is governed and can flourish.
To make the transition, we have a Ministry Area Transitional Team (MATT) with 2 reps from all 5 parishes and all the clergy. They steer the process, considering plans and put them into action
The people from Abercynon on the MATT are Beth, Alison, Vicar Peter and also Tanya, who has a particular role in being the lay chair for the ministry area.
At present we have subgroups working on plans for our finances, how we are governed and our work with children & youth.
You can read our latest update communication here and watch a video of it on our facebook page.