Further to my previous post, Mercy Ministry coming to Carmarthen and thanks to a commenter on Cneifiwr's blog, we now learn that the partnership between the Towy Community Church and the Council also extends to a 'Team Around the Family' initiative set up last year with this fundamentalist evangelical church named as an agency engaged by the council to provide support to vulnerable children and families.
Perhaps we could have some reassurance from councillors that they will now be asking some serious questions over this whole matter. Given the church's stated intention of establishing a Mercy Ministry, and the council's intention of providing 'alternative ways of delivering services', we hope they're not planning on sending our vulnerable and troubled young girls there to be cleansed of sin and reborn.
“It is important that the position of the council as a secular institution is preserved.”
This is a quote from Carmarthenshire County Council in a report by 'Christians in Parliament' June 2013 when local authorities were asked for their views on working with faith groups in the community. Somehow or other, it seems a little disingenuous.