SADLY, LAST YEAR’S APPEAL FOR NEW OWNERS to take over their Cardiff bookshop proved unsuccessful and the Evangelical Movement of Wales have now announced the shop’s closure, due to shut its doors for the last time on Saturday 14th January:
You may already have heard the sad news that our Cardiff shop is closing. If you are in the Cardiff area it would be a great opportunity to take advantage of their closing down sale. Their sale starts on the 28th December and the final closing date is Saturday January 14th. Call in to bag lots of bargains. Please also pray for our staff there: Stuart and Alan as they seek employment.
Writing in the shop’s November prayer letter, bookshop manager Stuart Arnold expresses mixed emotions: sadness at the shop’s demise but hope for the future as a number of local church leaders join forces for a new evangelical initiative in the city:
I have really mixed emotions as I write to let you know our latest news. We have been unable to secure funding to support the shop through the next financial year. We will, therefore, be closing down in January. The staff will be redundant, the stock sold off and the premises returned to the landlord. We have benefited from the financial support of the Evangelical Movement of Wales (EMW) for many years and we reported in our prayer letter last February that this support was coming to an end.
We intend to serve customers as well as possible and to remain a light for the gospel here in the city centre right up until 5.30pm on 14 January 2012. We are fully stocked for Christmas and would encourage you to still use us between now and then.
A Christian Centre for Cardiff
If you read our last prayer letter, you will be aware of our proposed Christian Centre for Cardiff. In support of this, we have prepared a fairly comprehensive Information Pack which was supplied to interested churches in August. We had an encouraging meeting with church leaders in September and there are now several local churches which have joined the team to carry that project forward. With the closure of the existing bookshop, we will no longer be seeking to maintain a continuous service to the city. The new ministry will be a completely fresh start, under local ownership, hopefully being opened later in 2012.
Other Christian Bookshops in Cardiff
Unlike the situation for many smaller towns, the demise of this shop does not leave Cardiff without a Christian bookshop: details of other shops across the range of denominations and theological persuasions, including the former SPCK bookshop, trading independently since July 2008 as Churches Together Bookshop, may be found under Cardiff in the UK Christian Bookshops Directory:
- BOOKS Plus
- Cathedral Bookshop
- Churches Together Bookshop
- Heath Christian Bookshop and Tearoom
- The Olive Branch
- Christian Bookshops elsewhere in Wales (Welsh Book Trade Info)