The place of worship in Cardiff began in late 2006 when Brother Benjamin Choo and wife, Hoi Yi moved to Cardiff. Sister Hoi Yi permanently relocated to work at Cardiff Hospital in Wales while Benjamin was still based in London and commuting to Cardiff on weekends.
By the grace of God, a mainland china sister's family was already based there in Cardiff. After contact with the church sister and her family in early 2007, frequent gatherings were arranged. With working youths living nearby in Bristol (Bro Bryan Chan) and Lampeter (Sis Anna Jack Goodwin) joining in the gathering, the home of Benjamin and Hoi Yi became a dedicated place of worship. With other mainland china brethren relocating to Cardiff, Newport and Swansea between 2007 and 2008, the hope is for this spiritual gathering to grow and mature to become the 'light' and 'salt' in Wales. The members welcomed Sis Alice Lin from Taiwan to study at Cardiff University in 2007. In 2010-2011, there were 18 newly baptised members.
As the number of members grew, it was no longer suitable to gather at Brother Benjamin’s home, so they rented meeting rooms in an office building in a business estate. Due to complaints by landlord about noise of praying and children dirtying the facilities, the members had to find new premises to have Sabbath service.
Currently, London church has overall administrative responsibility for Cardiff Prayer House.
There are currently 50 members in Cardiff Prayer House. The members are mainly members from China and are spread across Cardiff, Newport, Bristol and Swansea, along with a few students currently studying in Wales.
The members now have Sabbath services at the Canton Community Hall in Cardiff Hall which is usually hired until 17:30pm when visiting Preachers to hold fellowship sessions. Renting only one room, adults, young children and toddlers all share the same room during services, therefore it is difficult to hold RE lessons as there is wide age range and the majority of the children are under four years old. The noise and movement of the children is very disruptive for adults during services, so there is a need for a separate room for RE classes.
The Prayer House is proposing to buy a new church building at 89 Woodville Road, Cardiff located in a neighbourhood near the Cardiff University campus. The proposed future church building is a commercial premises with residential space upstairs and behind (obtained change of use in Jan/Feb 2012). It has four rooms on the first floor, with over 800 square feet of ancillary space on the ground floor. It is ideally sited for outreach to the local student population. Also, Cathays rail station is nearby, within few minutes walking distance.
From Cardiff Central train/bus station, head west on Central Square toward Wood Street and Turn left onto Wood St. Continue onto Tudor St and turn right onto Clare St/A4119. Continue to follow A4119 and go through 1 roundabout. Turn right onto Cowbridge Rd E/A4161 and Continue to follow A4161. Turn right onto Cowbridge Rd E/A4161 and continue to follow A4161. Continue onto North Rd/A470 and follow the A470 and then Caerphilly Rd/A469. Turn right onto Heathwood Rd, then take the 1st left onto Ton-Yr-Ywen Ave.