At Conway Road Methodist Church you will receive a warm welcome both at our Sunday services and all our community activities. We are always delighted to see new faces and love to see our beautiful Church building used as much as possible within the local community.
Our worship is generally traditional in style and reflects our Methodist roots in hymn singing which express our faith through music.
Morning worship may be led by either a minister or lay preacher who bring a variety of styles and experience. There is the opportunity to meet people, chat and enjoy fellowship together afterwards over tea and coffee.
Our Minister – Deacon Laura Evans
Having spent my early years in Cardiff it’s a great delight to find myself minister at Conway Road. I spent two years training for ministry at The Queen’ Foundation in Birmingham before being stationed to a circuit on the south coast in 2012. My time there kindled a commitment to combating loneliness – so rife in many communities – and creating safe spaces in which people can be themselves and share joys and sorrows.
In my spare time I indulge my passion for writing scripture-based devotional material and taking photographs to place alongside the words. Last year I finally got round to fulfilling a lifelong dream and getting a book published and the second is a work in progress.
Other hobbies include discovering new and exciting places to drink coffee and eat cake… then getting on my bike, tending my vegetable garden, or going to the gym to balance things out.
Conway Road Methodist Church has occupied its present site at the junction of Conway Rd and Romilly Crescent in Canton since 1869 and is now designated a building of historic and architectural interest (Grade 2). It has a glorious past but like most churches is now suffering from declining membership and attendance. In the heady days of the 19th Century growth of population in Cardiff a group of Methodist families were challenged to move from the docks and set up a church in Canton. Their first building, now the Gospel Hall next to Llandaff Road and Romilly Road junction was soon too small for the numbers attending. So they built the present church, eventually seating 1100 people, in nine months opening on 1st December 1869. Soon a purpose built Sunday School was constructed opposite (now the site of the Glas apartments) which attracted hundreds of children and in the 1930’s required 100 teachers each Sunday. The Church owned land in Fairwater for its own sports grounds, tennis courts etc and they used to hire double deck buses from the Council to take children up to Fairwater for their Sunday School treats!
It is a fine and imposing part of the Conway Rd Conservation Area and because of this the congregation wants to retain it and make it play a greater part in the life of the community of Pontcanna and Riverside. It is well used by the Community already providing a home to the Radnor Rascals After School Club each schoolday and lunches for those who live on the streets each Monday.
There is a Strength and Balance Exercise Class for the over 50’s on Wednesdays and most evenings there is a dance or pilates class.
A Wednesday Group for the 50+ members of the local community was set up in January 2014 and is proving very attractive to a wide range of local people . The Group attracts people of all faiths or no faith and offers a range of interesting presentations of a very high standard on many aspects of faith, culture and general interest.
It is intended that the Church will continue to provide a focus for the community for many more years to come.