In his Easter message, the Moderator of the Presbyterian Church of Wales has called for a better understanding between Christians and wider society, and has extended an invitation to critics to help improve the church.
“I would like to extend an invitation and a personal challenge to these people: come back. The church wants your talents, your abilities and your vision," said the Rev Haydn Thomas.
He continued: “If you are critical of the church and its work, come back and share your vision on how to make our mission more effective.”
Easter, he said, was an opportunity for Christians both to declare the Gospel with conviction and to win the respect of society by example.
“It is evident that the world is thirsty for love, justice and peace. Let us not disappoint it,” declared the Welsh church leader.
A similar theme about exemplary Christian community was picked up in England by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams and by Catholic Cardinal Cormac Murphy O'Connor, who said the church should not try to impose its beliefs and values on society, but rather strive to win hearts and minds by good example.