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Nathan Sadler

Nathan joined the Evangelical Alliance in October 2020 on the graduate scheme after completing an English literature degree earlier in the year. Nathan, who also works part-time for Alpha, is passionate about the discipling of the next generation of church leaders and equipping churches to be missional in their communities. Being a Welsh speaker, one of his interests involves sourcing the best that Welsh language music has to offer. Nathan is also a keen wild swimmer wherever and whenever possible, and is a big fan of Everton FC.

Sinking in screen time: considering the relationship we have with our devices

12 February 2021This is the question posed in a recent BBC Cymru article. Whilst advancements in technology for our generation have meant that many of us throughout lockdown have been enjoying all the benefits of such things as video calling our loved ones or buying necessities online, they have also brought the ever-present debate regarding our relationship with devices to the forefront. Godly discipline and true fulfilment As God’s people, let’s ensure that we are disciplined consumers of technology, and not…

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Making disciples in the age of online church

5 February 2021So this week, it was heartening to read that “online worship has encouraged curiosity towards religion” (translated) according to a recent BBC Cymru article which explored the experiences of churchgoers during the pandemic in Wales. But while churches have seen a good level of interest in their online content from newcomers, this in itself brings an even greater challenge ahead for Christians: discipleship. “The call for churches is to make disciples, not just YouTube or Facebook viewers”…

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Acts of kindness shown at controversial Penally asylum seeker camp

29 January 2021The locals continue to navigate this situation into this year. It has caused much controversy, with local media covering the story and protests from far-right groups being organised. But despite what must be an incredibly lonely and sometimes hostile environment for the men in the camp, there have been some in the community who have consistently shown them love and grace. Evangelical Alliance Wales’ executive chair, Rob James, felt that God was prompting him to help these men. With an academic…

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Senedd update: 16/01/21

16 January 2021In the latest Friday press conference, Wales’ First Minister Mark Drakeford introduced stricter measures regarding supermarkets to protect staff. The top headline on BBC Wales echoes this sentiment and shines a light on the rules regarding supermarkets and the need to continue following the government guidance. It serves as a reminder that as followers of Jesus we can be active in showing God’s love and conveying our gratitude to those working in our supermarkets. This week in the Senedd This…

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Senedd update: 09/01/21

9 January 2021The coverage of the pandemic has dominated headlines and has had a knock-on effect on many of Wales’ political discussions and decision making. However, in what will be a weekly update, I will be placing a microscope over the relevant discussions that are taking place in the Senedd and providing an opportunity to pray for our political leaders and their subsequent meetings. In what is something we are all now well accustomed to, First Minister Mark Drakeford today gave his Friday government…

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COVID-19 and the classroom

7 January 2021For some people, the start of the school term normally signifies somewhat of a shift back to a more manageable routine, where parents can perhaps more easily balance their work and home lives, and children can again see their friends in person. For other parents, and for the children themselves, the prospect of re-entering classrooms full of other people during a particularly challenging period amid the pandemic, is incredibly daunting. Owning a computer is a privilege, and for some families…

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Celebrating Christmas with confidence

10 December 2020As we begin to finalise our plans of how to celebrate Christmas this year, which members of the family to spend it with, on which day, a recent BBC Wales article quotes a government report, which states: “If people can avoid seeing others over the Christmas period, perhaps postponing celebrations until later next year or meeting remotely, then this is strongly advised”. Whilst the word “if” implies that this does not rule out meeting loved ones, it does appear that where the Technical Advisory…

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Gaining hope in a year of loss / Ennill gobaith mewn blwyddyn o golled

27 November 2020The encouragement for us, however, as we begin to look at the story of Christmas, is that what the world gained when Jesus was born will always triumph and be a comfort for any feeling of loss that we may experience. What’s more, this hope that was gained when God came into the world in the form of a baby isn’t just for those who lived in Nazareth two thousand years ago. The Bible tells us that His name, Emmanuel, means “God with us”. Even in a time when people are scattered and isolated, God…

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November update: Wales reopening guidelines after 'fire-break'

10 November 2020After a seventeen day period, where places of worship were unable to open their doors, the end of Wales' 'fire-break' signals for many people the return to meet as a church again in person. Many churches may decide to continue to gather digitally, whilst some will choose to enter their church buildings again. What we do know, and what has been made clear in these past months, is that church means far more than simply a building. Whilst churches are again able to reopen, guidelines for how we…

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