Ebenezer Evangelical Church
Bangor, Gwynedd, LL57 1LB, North Wales
40th Anniversary (1969 – 2009)
Samuel took a stone… He named it Eben-Ezer (= Stone of Help), saying, ‘Thus far has the Lord helped us’ – 1 Sam 7:12.
On Saturday and Sunday, September 19th and 20th 2009, Ebenezer celebrated its 40th anniversary. Saturday evening was given over to a celebratory meal and a presentation. On Sunday, Dr. David Norbury, one of the founder members and currently General Secretary of the Evangelical Movement of Wales preached at both services.
The chairs in the main chapel were re-arranged and tables laid. There was an excellent selection of food available, and the chapel was filled with joyful conversation as many old friends were re-united and current members met previous members of the congregation.
Following the meal, the chapel was speedily re-arranged and chairs returned to their normal position.
Then followed a presentation which included the projection of pictures of past members and of past church events, and part of a filmed interview with Dr. Dewi Hughes, one of the founder members and former elder of the church. Other, live, interviews included one with Geraint Jones, founder member and former elder, and Mrs Nancy Hayden, the sole remaining original member, and one with the Revd. Ioan Davies. They remembered their early, faltering steps and God’s goodness and upholding during challenging times. The Revd. Martin Lloyd described how he came to faith and was baptised in the sea at Benllech. An epilogue was given by our minister, the Revd. David Finnie, on the theme of God’s faithfulness and mercies despite our unfaithfulness.
On the Sunday, Dr. David Norbury, founder member and former elder, now General Secretary of the Evangelical Movement of Wales, led the worship and preached at both services. At the morning service, the Revd. Geraint Morgan, former minister of Ebenezer gave his perspective on the founding and history of the church.