In 1988 the churches in Cardiff were called together by the Cardiff Bay Development Corporation to discuss the role of Christianity in the bay area. The churches were seen as playing an important part in the community and should be involved at the very hub of the new developments. To this end Helwick LV14 was purchased and restoration begun to create a floating Christian Centre.
The Lightship provides a bold central focus for the Churches of Wales and will be home to a centre for counselling, worship, exhibitions, meetings, a book shop, refreshment area and the cabins will be used for small residential stays, especially designed for youth groups.
The vessel is a major attraction in its own right, but like all charities, the project depends on working in partnership with other organisations in a mutually beneficial way. The Lightship is run as a "non-profit making" venture and so we rely heavily on volunteers and contributions from private industry and public support and of course the churches.
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