Book Release

We are pleased to announce that Sean Stillman’s book ‘God’s Biker: Motorcycles and Misfits’ is being published by SPCK and due for release on 20 Sep, 2018. It is now available for pre-order in local bookshops or via all the usual online book stores internationally.

Now available for pre-order

 

‘Sean has shown me constantly what lies at the heart of the Christian community.’ 

– Lord Rowan Williams, former Archbishop of Canterbury, in his Foreword.

 

For more information please go HERE.

Fundraiser Gig at Swansea Grand Theatre

Join Steve Balsamo & Rosalie Deighton and friends, on Fri 2 Dec,2016 for what will be a great night of live music that benefits Zac’s Place.
 
 As well as Balsamo Deighton, Who’s Molly perform and the house band is expected to feature some of the areas finest musicians including Andy Collins, Tony Kiley, Tim Hamill and Mal Pope.
 
 Support us and support live music – get in early for your tickets!
 

Martyn Joseph & Bob Harris OBE Concert

A Unique Evening With Martyn Joseph and Bob Harris OBE in support of Zac’s Place.

Saturday 4th July, 7.30pm
Zac’s Place, George Street,Swansea, SA1 4HH

Tickets £15 plus booking fee.

TICKETS AVAILABLE ONLINE HERE


Martyn Joseph is pleased to announce what promises to be a very memorable and unique evening with his special guest Bob Harris OBE, in aid of Zac’s Place in Swansea.

Martyn’s Let Yourself Trust has been promoting and raising funds for Zac’s Place over the last 6 months on both sides of the Atlantic. Zac’s Place supports homeless people in crisis and provides them with new opportunities. For some it is the only safe haven in their lives, offering love, support and acceptance. The charity is the third project Let Yourself has been working with after a Children’s Theatre in Palestine and an orphanage in Guatemala, and this evening will be a beautiful culmination of their partnership and fund raising during this time as well as shining a light on the amazing work done at Zac’s Place.

The show will feature MJ doing what he does best, bringing his “stunning heartfelt music” to an intimate audience at Zac’s Place, along with Q and A time with both Martyn and Bob and also Sean Stillman, Zac’s founder, will talk about the inspiring work they do.

Martyn Joseph is a powerful singer and songwriter gifted with the rare ability to speak to the soul with his expressive and poignant lyrics. With a career spanning 30 years, 32 albums, over a half a million record sales and thousands of live performances, the versatility of his music touches genres of folk, rock, soul, folk-funk and Americana, yet somehow all these labels cannot define the spirit of his music

Bob Harris is a legend, pure and simple.
Described by ‘Radio Times’ as ‘one of the greats of British contemporary music broadcasting and an independent champion of great music’ and by the ‘Mail On Sunday’ as ‘a national treasure’, Bob has been at the centre of the British music industry for nearly forty years.

Don’t miss this opportunity to share in what will be an unforgettable up close and personal event.

TICKETS AVAILABLE ONLINE HERE

Is politics still about people?

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.
 
 Sean Stillman
 
 

A film that needs to be made

After the success of the initial crowd funding campaign to see the start of John Smith documentary film made, a second phase is currently running to see its completion. If you didn’t get chance to support it before – then please do read on…..Sean
 
 Video Excerpt on YouTube
 
 There’s no doubt in my mind about it, this is a film that must be made. If evidence were needed as proof of this man and the associated movement’s influence, you’ll not find it in glass cathedrals and huge congregations of mega churches in fancy suburbs. You’ll find in the countless numbers of individuals who were blown apart by Smithy’s exposition of the scriptures that called us to the margins.
 
 You’ll find the evidence, yes in the likes of many musicians and artists, but also in the lives of pioneers in quiet mission projects all around the world; in slums and in the gutter, in jails, among addicts and among fleeing refugees. You’ll find it in the evidence of people who were challenged to take the words of Jesus seriously and put them into practice believing that you can change the world. Many of them will have been afforded time to talk with John, at festivals and in bars, well into the night long after other speakers had retired to bed.
 
 He’s a peace loving tree hugging hippy and a nightmare to travel with, but also a man who has sought to live by what he preaches and take an uncompromising risk of faith for the cause of the Gospel. I count myself privileged to call him a travelling companion and tribal elder of 25 years. I know there will be many others, who’s stories you won’t read in the media, will say exactly the same.
 
 I think this film needs doing – not just because I want to support a mate – but because I deeply believe the story will resonate with and challenge another generation to come. It will remind this current one of what our responsibility is and why we should not let the fire go out.
 
 Of course, the reality is most of Smithy’s mates have listened to what he said and therefore haven’t got any money! So, it’s just going to mean that we’re all going to have to chip in as best we can! Feel free to join in and just a reminder that if this crowd funding support hits the target, it will help secure the bulk of the grant to make it happen. Read all the blurb on the Pozible Site for more info.
 
 
 

 
 
 
 

Street Theatre Project

Gritty Productions in association with Wales National Theatre are running a pilot street theatre project a Zac’s Place this week.
 Stories from the street community, working with actors devising material for a presentation this Friday – small ideas that we hope will develop into a bigger platform. Wonderful to see the creativity out of chaos.
 

BBC Return To The Streets

This Monday 10 Feb see the first of three more remarkable documentary programmes featuring the stories from some of those on the streets of Swansea.

It’s gritty and deeply moving, depicting some beautiful moments of hope amid a dark back drop of deeply traumatic lives struggling to get through each day.

In the back ground, Zac’s Place features along with the work of other organisations: The Wallich, Caer Las, Cyrenians, The Big Issue and medical professionals demonstrating where we fit and how we function together.

Tune in 10.35 BBC 1 Wales, Mon 10 Feb and BBC iPlayer and get a window on some of what makes us who we are and do what do.


Also on Satellite:
Freesat Channel 971 (Rest of UK)
Sky Channel 952 (Rest of UK)
Cable: Virgin Media Channel 862 (Rest of UK)

BBC Web link
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03v2xk9

Guardian Feature

A couple of months back the Guardian were looking for photos of church congregations to be sent in for a web feature. Liz sent the one below in and it made their main feature and prompted a follow up interview along with a couple of other churches covering several topical issues.


… here’s an excerpt from Sean’s interview.

“Often when you peel back all the layers, a lot of what people struggle with is not Christianity but church culture. A lot of the folks I spend my time with say that when they sit in church and look at the front it reminds them of a school assembly or going to court. When they realise what the Christian faith actually is, they discover that it’s not all that monster-like and much closer to what they’ve been looking for the whole time.”

You can find the full article here:
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jan/06/christianity-church-congregations-readers-stories