Sian Rees

Siân Rees

Siân was appointed director of Evangelical Alliance Wales in January 2019 having previously taught music, drama and performing arts at a secondary school in north Wales. She is passionate about equipping, releasing and championing others to become all that God has created them to be. Siân is a regular speaker at conferences across Wales, both in English and through her first language, Welsh. Having graduated in music, naturally many of her interests revolve around live music, performing and all things creative. She also loves travelling, entertaining and is wholeheartedly committed to seeking out a perfect latte.

Is it time to review the way we worship?

2 March 2021This article is part of our "Is the 'missing generation' still missing?” report to find out more click here.

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Wales ‘fire-break’ will see places of worship close

19 October 2020First Minister Mark Drakeford has announced that a two-week, three-weekend ‘fire-break’ will begin in Wales at 6pm on Friday, 23 October and end on Monday, 9 November. This is designed to break the rapidly increasing spread of the coronavirus in the nation. The R number in Wales is currently 1.5 and intensive care units (ICUs) are full. The aim is to reduce the R rating to below 1, and this fire-break is introduced for a specific and limited period of time. A meeting was convened of the Faith…

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Why save good news until last?

23 September 2020“And finally,” the news anchors utter at the end of their broadcasts when at last they get to share an item of good news. Finally, an antidote to counteract the seriousness and negativity of the previous news items. Finally, something to put a smile on people’s faces… In the midst of the challenges of the last six months, the weariness, the constant pace of change and, for some, inestimable pain and suffering, the words of Psalm 119:68 thankfully remain true, “God is good, and He does good…

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Update on Welsh lockdown guidance

11 September 2020On the whole, the guidance for places of worship remains largely the same: gov.wales/guidance-reopening-places-worship-coronavirus-html The ‘rule of six’ does not apply to meetings inside places of worship, neither does it apply to Sunday schools, weddings, wedding parties, funerals or funeral teas. Mandatory wearing of facemasks does apply inside places of worship. Exemptions for those with specific health conditions apply and all children under the age of 11 are exempt from wearing them.…

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Public Policy Wales update: June/July

6 July 2020This month alone I have had the privilege of speaking into regular meetings of the following committees and forums: Faith Communities Forum’s Task and Finish group, discussing the reopening of places of worship Weddings and Ceremonies committee Funerals, Burials and Cremations Forum Interfaith Council of Wales Cross-Party Group on Faith Advisory groups on both the Religion, Values and Ethics and Relationships and Sexuality curricula For more information and to find regular updates on Welsh…

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Public policy Wales update: May

1 June 2020It was a joy recently to email the 60 members of Senedd and 40 (Wales) members of parliament, to inform them that we are praying for them and the decisions they face during this time of considerable challenge. Again, we share what local churches are doing amid the pandemic, and their response was overwhelmingly positive and full of gratitude. The Interfaith Council of Wales continues to meet on a weekly basis and together has provided a definition of religion so badly needed by the now…

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UK lockdown: there are now differences across the country, but the Christian witness remains the same

11 May 2020Boris Johnson’s announcement came hot on the heels of statements by the First Ministers of Wales and Scotland at the end of last week and ahead of the planned statement by Arlene Foster in Northern Ireland on the 12 May. Whereas the Celtic nations have stuck with the slogan "stay home, protect the NHS, save lives ", the UK Government’s messaging for England has evolved somewhat to “stay alert, control the virus, save lives". The coronavirus data released on Monday, 11 May is as horrific as it…

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Public policy Wales update: April

1 May 2020The ‘Faith/BAME Community Involvement’ group engaging in the development of the ‘Relationships and Sexuality Education’ guidance is on hold, but will recommence as soon as restrictions are lifted. In the meantime, I have had the privilege of working with faith leaders, key stakeholders and the Welsh Government on the ‘Funerals and Burials’ forum, which is currently meeting online on a weekly basis to discuss safe, dignified funerals and burials during the pandemic. The Interfaith Council of…

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Lockdown reflections

29 April 2020The staff of the Evangelical Alliance have had the privilege of contacting all of our member church and organisation leaders over the last few weeks and we have been thrilled by how brilliantly the church has responded to this crisis. Christians truly are right at the forefront of tackling some of the greatest challenges facing the nation today through initiatives such as food and clothing banks, caring for the elderly and those in need, chatting with the lonely, providing shelter for the…

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We build together

11 March 2020Every word of every phrase has been commented upon, interpreted, explained, meditated upon multiple times, and yet every utterance remains profound and invites the believer praying it to a closer relationship with the Lord. The opening words “Our Father” not only acknowledge to whom we come in prayer but remind us that as lavishly loved children of God (1 John 3:1), we share one divine heavenly Father with all our Christian brothers and sisters across the globe. The greatest…

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Ymyriadau

8 October 2019Wel, mae’r hâf yn dirwyn i ben ac mae yna flwyddyn academaidd newydd ar fîn cychwyn. Roedd wythnos cyntaf mis Medi yn wythnos gyffroes pan oeddwn i yn blentyn. Doedd y cyfryngau cymdeithasol ddim yn bodoli ar y pryd, felly os ddim byd arall, roedd mynd yn ol i’r ysgol yn gyfle da i ddal i fyny efo ffrindiau a chlywed hanesion yr haf.Tybed a oeddech chi, fel fi yn gwneud pob math o benderfyniadau ar ddechrau mis Medi ar gyfer y blwyddyn oedd i ddod? Addunedau oedd ddim yn anhebyg i’r addunedau y…

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