Bettws, Newport

Kirsty March 2016 CROP WebCRCW minister - Kirsty Mabbott

Bettws LEP is a partnership between the Church in Wales and the URC. The congregations joined together in fellowship at St. David’s Church in Wales and the URC church building was sold to fund a CRCW post. The URC manse was sold to the Church in Wales, initially as a curate’s house; then, as the need arose, it was converted into a base for community projects and for the CRCW minister to work from. 

CRCW minister, Rosie Buxton left the project in June 2011 to begin her new post in Swansea. While Rosie was at Bettws, she provided an area-based facilitation role for both Church and community and promoted community development activities and collective action by groups. Rosie also supported the learning and skills development of community development activists, encouraged and supported the participation of children & young people and the elderly in the community development processes and supported the work of the ‘Communities First Programme’ on the Estate. There was also work with the Bettws Local Partnership Board (LPB) and its Staff. 

In September 2015, the Bettws project was delighted to welcome newly qualified CRCW minister kirsty Mabbott to the team. It is still very early days for Kirsty as she discovers her new surroundings and meets all the people and groups involved with this already established project. At the start of her role as CRCW minister Kirsty said: “The members at St David’s have been welcoming and supportive and I have also started to attend ‘The Gathering’ on a Sunday evening, which is a safe Christian space for the LGBT+ community based at City URC in Cardiff. I have found that this has given me somewhere to be fed spiritually each week so that I can refresh and feed the community of Bettws.”  

"Over the next few months, I am looking forward to getting to know the church and community in Bettws more, discovering what it is that God wants me to do here, getting to know the National Synod of Wales and working on my MA part-time.”