Reconciliation Weekend

“Healing Hearts, Transforming Nations”
9.30am 19 June through to 5pm 21 June, 2020

Caersalem Church, Caernarfon
with Dr Rhiannon Lloyd and the team

The aims of the workshop
This three day residential workshop aims to equip Christians to be agents of healing and reconciliation. First developed by Dr. Rhiannon Lloyd in post-genocide Rwanda, it is now being run actively by local believers in many different parts of the world.

It seeks to bring healing and wholeness to communities suffering from ethnic bitterness and division. People from differing ethnic and church backgrounds are invited to encounter God and one another at heart level. In a safe environment, they are encouraged to experience healing and are able to develop new perspectives and attitudes.

The format of the workshop
Over three days the workshop uses a combination of:

  • interactive teaching
  • group sessions
  • ministry times and participant interaction

Each session builds upon previous sessions, so full participation is essential.

The effect of the workshop and it's relevance to Wales
After attending the workshop, thousands of lives have been transformed, communities have been changed and churches have taken steps towards becoming agents of healing and reconciliation. People have experienced healing from many kinds of wounds, not only the ethnic ones.

Here in Wales, we have mercifully not suffered anything like Rwanda has suffered, but we also have experienced ethnic divisions and injustices down the centuries, which have left their mark. Hearts need healing here too. We will be exploring the experiences of Welsh-speaking Welsh, non-Welsh speaking Welsh, and incomers. The goal of the workshop is that everyone will leave knowing they are loved and valued, and with a desire to help bring about a more healed nation. The workshop will be bilingual.

Workshop dates and start and finishing times?
The workshop starts at 9.30am on Friday 19 June and runs through to around 5pm on Sunday 21 June. Due to the nature of the workshop it is not possible to pop in and out for a few sessions or just come for one day – the workshop must be followed throughout.

On Sunday we will join the Sunday morning service at Caersalem Church between 10am and 11.15am. This will hopefully be an opportunity for many people to experience a Welsh language service where simultaneous translation is provided to include everyone. One of the leaders of the workshop will be preaching at this service.

Accommodation and Food?
If you do not live locally it is recommended that you make arrangements for accommodation in Caernarfon for three nights – Thursday 18 June until Saturday 20 June – as the workshop starts early on Friday morning the 19th of June. But if you prefer to travel home on the Monday morning rather than a Sunday night then you can arrange accommodation for four nights. If you are on a tight budget a limited number of spaces are available to stay with members on Caersalem church.

There are many places to stay in Caernarfon but as it is a popular tourist town in the summer it is recommended that you book somewhere to stay as soon as you are informed that you have been accepted on the workshop. Some of Caersalem’s members are directors of a boutique hostel which is run as a social enterprise – it is very reasonable if people share rooms.

Everyone will make their own breakfast arrangements – but there will be lunch and supper on the Friday, Saturday and Sunday for us in Caersalem. The cost of the workshop, including any food, will be confirmed nearer the time once we know the numbers who will be following the workshop. Costs will be kept to a minimum.

How to apply to attend the workshop?
Due to the nature of the workshop it is important to have the right balance of people from different backgrounds and so you are asked to make an application to come and share a little bit about your background and why you want to attend the workshop. We will then get back to you with confirmation of your place on the workshop.

You will need to register your interest to be part of the workshop by 20 April and we will then let you know either way by 27 April if you have a place on the workshop this time.

Click HERE to fill out the Interest Registration Form

Only if you are having difficulty completing the electronic form you can email us to register your interest sharing all your personal details (Full Name, Gender, Nationality, Telephone Number etc.) and the reason why you wish to attend the course:

Testimonies from recent Welsh workshops:
‘This was a life-changing experience for me!’

‘This has raised my hope of what God can do through us. I often feel so powerless.’

‘The Biblical framework was so helpful to me’.

‘It’s helpful to see that we all have pain and there are no winners. That helps the barriers to fall down.’

‘I felt totally free to sing in both languages for the first time’. I wouldn’t have missed this for the world!’

‘This workshop helped me to really understand the Gospel for the first time’.