Parkminster United Reformed Church
Minster Road, Roath, Cardiff CF23 5AS
Secretary: Mrs Sylvia Abel
Parkminster United Reformed Church came into being on 12th August 2008 when the Joint-Pastorate of Roath Park and Minster Road United Reformed Churches officially united. The Joint-Pastorate had been formed in 1996 inviting the Revd Alison Dummer [then called Revd Alison Upham] to become its first Minister and since that time both Churches grew closer together, sharing many services and events. In 2012 the building was modernised. Rooms and other facilities were added to make it useful for a wider range of activities.
Together we celebrate our faith in Christ Jesus and give thanks for his gospel of forgiving love which unites and inspires us. We seek to offer a welcome to all as a fellowship that is accepting, caring and encouraging. We endeavour to witness to the love of Christ and to live out our faith, responding to human need in loving service.
Sunday 10.30 am - Children welcome. [Communion 1st Sunday in the month]
Wednesday afternoons at 2.30 pm. Meetings can be devotional, musical, informative, or form part of the Lent/Autumn Bible Study/Discussion Groups; generally once a month there is a Taize-style Communion service. The Fellowship Meeting is a union of the Sisterhood from Minster Road URC and Wednesday Fellowship from Roath Park URC, so the meeting is open to both men and women.
Every Thursday, 10.30 am – informal social gathering beginning with coffee/tea, and ‘allsorts’ of contributions from the group, for an enjoyable get-together, including music, quizzes, stories, poetry, sharing news and items of interest.
Monday afternoons from 2-4pm. The Group was formed originally to make a Welcome banner for the refurbished building and tapestry-style decorations to be used seasonally in worship. Some members have been part of a quilting group for many years and are practised in needlework, but others are novices and are enjoying learning new skills. In the Group you can learn the art of patchwork.
Rainbows, Brownies and Guides:
In Summer 2013 Rainbows, Brownies & Guides joined Parkminster and have settled in well. They meet on Wednesdays as follows:
5.15pm Rainbows; 6.15pm Brownies; 7.00pm Guides
The Group [formerly of Trinity Methodist Church], began meeting in Parkminster in Summer 2013. Meetings take place on Tuesday evenings at 7.30pm during spring and summer when the programme includes various speakers on a wide range of topics and also some devotional evenings. During the autumn and winter months meetings are held on Tuesday afternoons at 2.30pm when the group meets for a chat and coffee. All meetings are held fortnightly.
Saturday Mornings -10.30am-12noon:
Every Saturday there is a coffee morning at Parkminster: a time to chat and catch up with friends. All welcome.
Meeting about every 6 weeks on a Saturday evening at 7.30pm, in the home of one of its members. Usually a speaker is booked and the topics are extremely varied and interesting. The Group has a few days’ break away each year in the Spring and also goes out together for New Year’s lunch and Summer and Christmas meals.
Cytûn/Churches Together in Roath:
We are actively involved in local ecumenism, with representatives on the local Cytûn Council. We benefit from and enjoy sharing with people of other denominations.
The church already works with a range of charitable organisations in order to make good use of the new premises. These include the Alzheimer's Society, CRUSE (bereavement counselling), Community Learning Wales (learning disabilities), Tax Help (advice to older people on low incomes).
National charities we support through donations:
Christian Aid – through our own fundraising, especially during Christian Aid week and also through local Cytûn churches whose events we support and sometimes host.
Commitment for Life - the world development programme of the United Reformed Church, which encourages participating churches to take action, pray and give for people across the world but especially in our four partner countries/region of Bangladesh, Central America (Honduras, Guatemala. Nicaragua and El Salvador), Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory and Zimbabwe. We work in partnership with Christian Aid and The World Development Movement raising over half a million pounds a year from contributing churches. Parkminster’s Commitment for Life partner is, at present, Central America, having supported Jamaica for a number of years.
Health Help International -
Local charities we support through donations:
Although Parkminster URC looks like a Church with stained-glass windows, and is very inviting, comfortable and flexible for worship, it was originally built in 1927 as a Hall for a future Church which Star Street Congregational Church planned to build alongside. The sanctuary, however, was never built, but an interesting part of the story is that the mother-Church Star Street closed in 1985 and joined with Minster Road URC, as the premises were known at that time. In 2008 the Church changed its name to Parkminster URC which seeks to incorporate the names of the uniting churches, Roath Park & Minster Road. The building is also used by another Church - Calvary Church of God in Christ – which meets each Sunday from 12 noon to 2pm. One important area of mission and support offered to our Denomination comes through URC National Synod of Wales whose Office adjoins the Church and with whom we share some facilities.
Although Christian worship is at the heart of Parkminster URC's activities, it is keen to be of value to everyone in the local community regardless or their beliefs. The church is always looking for ways in which it can work with organisations and individuals who aim to support other people and to strengthen the local community. The following article explains the reasons why we redeveloped our premises.
“Parkminster United Reformed Church is situated in Minster Road - just off Newport Road and Albany Road – and has modernised its building and is planning to start a range of new activities.
If you haven't heard of the United Reformed Church before, you're probably not alone. A church historian could tell you that the denomination came into being in 1972 when Congregationalists and Presbyterians united. It was the first union of church denominations since the Reformation in the 16th Century!
Parkminster itself was formed in 2008 when two previous United Reformed Churches – Roath Park and Minster Road – united.
The new church immediately started looking for ways in which it could usefully serve the community. It did some research to check what support is needed in its neighbourhood and it planned ways to adapt its premises to meet some of these needs.
From Spring until Autumn 2012 Parkminster did major work on its building to bring the accommodation up to modern standards and to be useful for a wide range of activities. Parkminster is now talking with people who might be interested in using parts of the building. The church wants particularly to work with organisations and individuals which aim to support other people and to strengthen the local community.
The premises meet modern standards for health, safety, security, hygiene and access. There are 6 fully accessible ground floor rooms which are available for hire and one on the first floor. They range from a small consultation room to a hall that can seat 100 people – see below:
The church has a small car park.
Charges for room hire, to help defray running costs, will depend on the purpose for which a room is used. Concessions will be available for registered charities and for long term arrangements.
See Room Tariff for examples of hire charges.
Please see Calendar of Events for up to date times and dates of meetings and events.