Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, we shall be closed until it is safe for guests and volunteers to move around freely and without concern of the virus spreading.
Thank you so much for your support and understanding. In the meantime please do not leave donations outside the doors. See below how you can support our collective effort in the city.
The venue being closed does not mean we stop functioning as both a church community encouraging one another nor stop us serving the poor. In this time we have teamed up with multiple agencies and Swansea Council to see many vulnerable people supported. See below on how you can help or visit the Swansea Together Facebook Page
THIS EVENT IS NOW POSTPONED DUE TO COVID-19 EMERGENCY MEASURES
WE WILL REARRANGED AN ALTERNATIVE DATE
Vesper Sky is a stunning and unique collection of songs and poems, written and performed by poet, broadcaster and songwriter Stewart Henderson, critically acclaimed Scottish singer songwriter Yvonne Lyon and storyteller and broadcaster Carol Henderson.
“… a unique collection of songs and poems … tellingly nuanced performances…” folkradio.co.uk
“Outstanding lyrical intelligence” Bob Harris, BBC Radio 2
“[Stewart] understands the packed power of words…” Gillian Reynolds, The Sunday Times
“Listening to Yvonne is a life-affirming experience” Iain Anderson, BBC Radio Scotland
Tickets available from Derricks Music, 221 Oxford Street, Swansea, SA1 3BQ and online via the link below. £10 (+£1 booking fee). £12 on the door. Doors open 7pm.
Read more about Stewart & Carol Henderson here: https://stewart-henderson.com/
Read more about Yvonne & David Lyon here: https://yvonnelyonmusic.com/
Sammy and Kylie Horner return to our Tribal Gathering on Tues 18 June. Joining them will be Mayfair Lane from Australia on their first overseas tour… feel free to join us!
Every now and then as a church community, we write a communal Psalm. At our Tuesday night Tribal Gatherings we have just completed a series of bible studies around the theme of ‘Jesus, friend of the outcast & marginalised’. The following prayer laments, listens, seeks and reflects on the stories shared together and is the combined contribution of the diverse church community at Zac’s Place. Liz Hinds edited it to give it some structure, but the words are from everyone…. enjoy!
A song for the outcasts, the lost and the lonely
Walk with me, talk with me.
In my life I have experienced everything you feel.
I know what it’s like
To be judged and found unworthy.
To be insulted and reviled because we’re different.
To be looked down upon and rejected.
To be isolated and invisible.
Vulnerable and violated.
To be blamed and shamed.
A little, ugly, unloved, failure,
Abandoned and forgotten.
Humiliated and frightened.
Rejected and ignored.
Screw you society!
Who are you to judge?
Look first at yourself.
For you and me, we are all the same: one in Christ.
One day you will be the outcast, you will be hurt
Because hate leads to blindness.
Have you never made a mistake?
God is good; he listens.
(But he doesn’t answer, does he?)
If you haven’t walked a day in my flip flops
Don’t slander me.
I will not be talked about like some dirty renegade.
I will not believe your lies.
You have heard this before, I know, but believe you are loved.
You are of worth, special and accepted.
Don’t be afraid, you are not alone;
I see you; I am with you.
Don’t let your anger separate you from my love.
I have a plan for your life.
A plan without condemnation.
A plan to give you hope.
You are lost but you are found.
Come sit, eat with me.
I will walk in your flip flops.
Thank you for those who have given.
Thank you for those you have given.
Thank you for the shining light of hope in my darkness.
With you I am strong.
You are my safe place.
May 2019, Zac’s Place.
Sean writes …
Initiatives like Zac’s Place and the stuff that happens at places like it, doesn’t just happen by accident. It takes dedicated commitment from volunteers, staff & a broad support base. It also carries a vision and a passion that the world doesn’t have to stay the way it is, that there is another way to live, to love and to serve. This too doesn’t happen by accident. Somewhere along the way, a spark ignites a flame and fire burns bright.
Pivotal in the story of Zac’s Place is the fire that burns in the core of my soul, that was further fanned into flame by an Australian preacher 30 years ago, who became my friend a mentor. He pointed me to the words and teaching of Jesus that seemed too tough to follow – loving your enemies, forgiving aggressors, caring for and speaking up for the rights of the outcast and marginalised – the stuff of the Sermon on the Mount. It transformed my faith and the course of my life.
This week, John Smith died in the arms of his bride of 51 years, at the age of 77 — and in the spirit of John Wesley, the world had been his parish. Zac’s Place was part of that parish.
He may have had the ear of politicians, activists, global icons, narrowly escaped execution for human rights efforts, and addressed thousands of people in public gatherings, but he was also no more at home than at our soup kitchen when he was in Swansea, (& similar ventures around the world), listening to someone’s story.
He wasn’t perfect, he was wobbly at times, just like the rest of us all are. An ordinary bloke, but committed to the fire of faith in Christ that burned in his soul to his last breath. May we each be grateful for those who have gone before, inspired us and pointed us to a road that says, ‘things don’t have to stay as they are’.
The following article was John’s last published essay and is as poignant, insightful and as challenging as ever.
“For the church, as for cancer, the key question is not how fast you are growing but what you are growing.” Rev. Dr. K. John Smith. https://www.eternitynews.com.au/in-depth/john-smith-prophet-teacher-evangelist-and-biker-takes-his-final-ride/
Sean will be on the road for a short tour supporting the publication of God’s Biker. See below or go to this page
Sean will be doing a few dates on the road to support the publishing of his book on 20 Sep 2018.
A particularly special night is planned at The Hyst in Swansea on Sun 30 Sep.
Other dates will also include Sun 23 Luton, Mon 24 Leicester, Wed 26 West Bromwich and Reading on Thur 27 Sep. More info to follow.
We are delighted to announce that our in house art commission inspired by The Beatitudes of Jesus, recorded in Matthew’s Gospel, will be exhibited on Level 2 at Swansea Grand Theatre from 21 Nov 2016 until 4 Feb 2017.
Feel free to get the word out and encourage conversation around these stunning pieces of work.
As politicians and the media argue about who should take part in a TV debate, I find myself wondering what matters I’d like to put across if any of them roll up at my front door looking for a vote…
I want to vote for a politician that with tell the truth, be humble enough to admit mistakes and who loves people more than power.
I want to vote for a party and believes in a system that looks beyond four year terms and sees its responsibility extending to future generations.
I want to see the young, the old and the vulnerable given priority when it comes to a duty of care.
How can I trust in a government and a plethora of tax payer funded institutions, that have routinely been found to withhold and manipulate the truth, whilst turning a blind eye to outrageous behaviour that heaps coals on the fires of the suffering of vulnerable people.
I want to vote for a politician that holds to virtues of truth, of grace, of mercy, of justice, of integrity, of kindness, of self control, of self sacrifice and dare I say, of love.
Is it too much to ask? Are there any such people left with a hunger for what is right, rather than what they will get out of it?
I’m not interested in your empty promises, your policies that shift around like the sand on the shore. I’m not interested in your spin, your posturing, your temporary allegiances nor the cut of your suit or your persuasive words on a TV debate. I want to know what I see of your soul when I look in your eyes, what motivates you to play with the freedoms of people, to make choices that can cause immense good or immense pain & loss.
When you ask me what I would like to see, let it begin with a sense of deep sorrow from the seat of power itself, for the selfishness, greed, selective blindness and manipulation of the truth at the expense of those most vulnerable in our community. Then let it continue with a renewed commitment to do what is right and just, to love people more than the pursuit of wealth, to look to the needs of others, to govern from a heart of service not privilege and power.
Have you ever thought of leading by example? Just a thought, before you post your propaganda through my door.
The funeral of the late Brian Boswell also known as Brian Burford and also known as ‘Pete’, of Castle Square, Swansea, will take place on Weds 25th February 2015 at Morriston Crematorium at 3.30pm. .
Friends are warmly invited to attend the service and afterwards at Zac’s Place in George Street, Swansea, SA1 4HH, to share hospitality. His ashes will be interred, in a family grave, in the days following, in a private ceremony.
Out of respect to Pete and believing that this would be his wish, we would kindly ask members of the press to be respectfully non-intrusive during the day. No more comment will be made prior to the funeral. A written statement will be available after the service however, giving details of the service contents.
If you wish to make a donation in memory, this can be done via Graham J. Sullivan funeral directors, 77 Ty-Hedd Funeral Home Mynydd Garnllwyd Rd, Morriston, Swansea SA6 7QG.
These donations will be distributed among charitable projects with an emphasis on literature and the arts. Those who knew him well, will know this is in keeping with his passions and interests.