An appeal to sign an e petition to retain Collective Worship in schools.
Rheinallt Thomas, President of the Free Church Council of Wales, has made an appeal to Free Church members (and any other individuals) to sign an e petition calling on the National Assembly to urge the Welsh Government to keep the current guidelines regarding Collective Worship in schools in Wales.
The petition was started by a young thirteen year old girl from Cardiff (Iraj Irfan) in response to another petition which wanted to eliminate the existing arrangements. Mr Thomas said the “young lady deserves our support and will allow at least some of the Welsh Christian tradition to be safeguarded in the future.”
He went on to say that “there are enough efforts made to eliminate our valuable traditions – this is an opportunity for us as church members, in our hundreds, to show that we value our Christian tradition and want it to be transferred to our children and young people. The Free Churches have campaigned during the past two centuries to ensure that this type of arrangement should be available for our children – let’s act again for our voice to be heard “.
The exact wording of the petition on the Assembly petitions web site is “We call on the National Assembly for Wales to urge the Welsh Government to keep religious assemblies in state schools in Wales as ‘opt-out’ and ‘wholly or mainly of a broadly Christian character’, while considering ways to ensure that they continue to be relevant to people of different faiths and no faith.”
Mr Thomas is appealing to ALL who want to support the petition to sign IMMEDIATELY – (it closes at noon: 22/06/2017) and will not take two minutes to complete
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The Free Church Council for Wales includes representatives of the Union of Welsh Independents, the Baptist Union of Wales, the Baptist Union of Great Britain, the Presbyterian Church of Wales, the United Reformed Church in Wales, the Congregational Federation in Wales, the Methodist Church in Wales, the Salvation Army in Wales and the German-speaking Lutheran, Reformed and United Congregations in Wales. In total, these denominations have about 65,000 adult members in 1,600 churches throughout Wales, worshipping in Welsh and English