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Six sides of faith

05 December 2014

ABOUT 1000 large cubes were sent to congregations and church schools all over Wales early last month, and people were asked to tell their stories of faith by decorating each of the six sides with words, pictures, photographs, or collages.

The results were many and various: some had local themes; others were personal, and very touching. Several cubes were cut to give the effect of stained-glass panels. One came back decorated in Braille, and one school used a cube to collect memories of a child who had died.

They were destined to be taken later in the month to the conference "The Time is Now", to be held at Llandudno, in Bangor diocese. But, the week before, about 40 were brought to a special 2020 Vision service in Llandaff Cathedral. One of those included a photograph of one of the most famous former choir-girls from Wales, Katherine Jenkins, who still returns to St Davids when she is at home in Neath.

Others featured pictures and collages of parish and community events, foodbanks, prayers, and even a jellyfish.

The cubes had been developed at the St Giles's RE and Faith Development Centre, Wrexham, taking seven themes from the life of Jesus: beginnings, growing, miracles/surprises, new beginnings, healing, farewells, and resurrection/hopes for the future. The chaplain at St Joseph's Anglican and Catholic School, Canon Mary Stallard, who organised the event, said: "Stories are at the heart of our faith. The themes of 2020 Vision invite us to look at our own faith stories: the ways in which we have grown, changed, and learned, and the hopes that God has given us for the future."

Thirty cubes from each of the six Welsh dioceses were taken to Llandudno for the conference, and built into an altar. Held at Venue Cymru, the conference brought 200 people from all over Wales together with the Archbishop of Wales and all the bishops.

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