Ebenezer Evangelical Church

Bangor, Gwynedd, LL57 1LB, North Wales

Some Recent News

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April – May 2018

After the Royal Wedding at Windsor Castle on Saturday 19th May with its invited celebrity & royal guests, it was perhaps apposite that David preached the next morning on the parable of the Great Banquet from Luke 14. He stressed the importance of responding personally to the gospel invitation to come to the Great Banquet, which is to enter the Kingdom of God, and not to make the assumption that we will automatically be accepted by God. We were challenged to consider whether we had rejected or accepted the gospel invitation.

The Good Friday service was held in Benllech and was well attended. Afterwards a group of us followed the Coastal Path to Red Wharf Bay and then returned back along the beach. The following Sunday we appreciated the ministry of Tim Gill, pastor of Newtown Church. Following the Sunday morning service on 15 th April, a presentation was made to David & Kyung-Ju in recognition of their service to the Lord here for the past 21 years. Meanwhile the Christian Armour has been the theme of the children’s talks on recent Sunday mornings and David has commenced a series on 1 Chronicles on Sunday evenings. We have recently said farewell to Sejin, Seon-Young, Suzie and Sumin as they have returned to South Korea.

In April we had a visit from Emmanuel Durand (Esther was unable to come) to share about their work in Chambery, France. In May we enjoyed a ‘Songs of Praises’ evening in Benllech led by Wyn Thomas when we sang a bilingual selection of well-known hymns; some of which were introduced by members of the ‘congregation’. The weekend of the Royal Wedding was also the weekend that Geni & Niki from Memaliaj, Albania, visited us on their trip to the UK. Geni preached in the Sunday evening service and then they both shared more about their church situation in the prayer meeting on Monday evening. Their prayer requests included the need for a new building, for conversions and for Alma as she works with the children.

John P Gough

March 2018

    

On Friday, 9th March we hosted and ‘International Evening’ and we were thrilled to see many attend. The evening began with a quiz around tables in the annexe. This was followed by the opportunity to browse tables in the main church area showcasing information and cultural activities from various different countries. These tables were manned by various people from the church representing their home country. Countries represented were, Belgium, China, Kenya, Jamaica, Japan, Spian, South Korea and also Wales, England & Scotland. It was lovely to see so many in attendance and joining in the different activities. The evening was rounded off with food served in the annexe which was followed by an epilogue explaining the Christian message. The theme for this talk was, ‘The longest journey ever made’, based upon 1 Timothy 1:15, ‘Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners‘.

February – March 2018

This period in the history of Ebenezer has been marked by comings and goings. At the end of January we said farewell to Paul Kennedy who has moved to Ammanford in South Wales to take up the position of church administrator with the Evangelical church there. And at the end of March we said farewell to John & Cath Eatherton and their family as they move from RAF Valley to RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire for John to train on the Typhoon aircraft. However in March we welcomed into membership Wyn & Ann Williams who have recently moved to this area from Wolverhampton.

On Sunday mornings our minister David Finnie has completed his series on Ephesians and has now commenced a series on ‘Preparations for Easter’. He has returned to Luke’s gospel to continue his series there on Sunday evenings. We have welcomed visiting preachers to our pulpit; John Richards from Mold and Dr Stuart Olyott from Liverpool. Others from our own fellowship who have preached have been Lyn Davies and Peter Wilson.

The church held a work party at the beginning of February and at the end of February the funeral took place of Margaret Forsey, a friend of the church. In early March, the young people & their leader Fiona Earnest went to the Quinta near Oswestry for the AECW Youth Weekend. On the same weekend an International Evening was held in the church on the Friday where many were welcomed from different cultures for a time of food, fun and games concluding with an epilogue given by JP Earnest.

The Bangor CU held their mission during February. In early March the BBC did two Songs of Praise recordings in Bangor for their Easter edition. They also interviewed John Eatherton as a pilot in the RAF to talk about his Christian faith and his work.

John P Gough

 

December 2017 – January 2018

The Christmas decorations have all been taken down and packed away and Christmas seems as far away as ever, nevertheless, the true message of Christmas, ‘Immanuel, God with us’ lasts throughout the year and every year. The Christmas period for Ebenezer was a busy one commencing with carol singing in town. Our Carol Service featured a children’s talk, carols in Welsh and English plus a Welsh group singing ‘Mawl I Dduw’ (Praise to God) and concluding with a brief message. A good number came from the village in Benllech to our Carol Service held there. Services took place on Sunday (Christmas Eve) led by our minister David Finnie and the Christmas Day service was led by John Gough. We enjoyed a visit from Andrew Graham from Wrexham on the last day of the year. Our midweek meetings became joint prayer meetings over the Christmas period and it was good to welcome Baska who updated us on her work for the Lord in Slovakia.

Students singingJohn Eatherton giving children's talkDavid Finnie Preaching

On New Year’s Day we had a church walk at Newborough beach. Although the weather was wet here in Bangor a number of us braved the elements to discover that it was dry and sunny for the most part, though very windy in Newborough! The ladies started their new session with a lunch on the 11 th January and our fellowship groups have recommenced. English classes and the youth work have also resumed. After the Christmas break David preached on Psalms 46 & 47 on Sunday evenings and has now recommenced his series on Ephesians in the mornings.

Sadly, our sister Jane Owen, who had been poorly in hospital, passed away on the 5 th January. Her funeral took place on Friday 12 th January followed by a private interment in Amlwch, Anglesey (Jane’s home area). We shall miss her.

A group of us from Ebenezer including several students attended the EMW Training Day in Colwyn Bay, this proved to be a stimulating and enjoyable time.
John P Gough

October – November 2017

So much has happened during the last few months it’s hard to know where to begin, so we’ll start with the core ministry of the church. Our minister David has commenced a new series on Ephesians on Sunday mornings and in the evenings he has been preaching on the 5 Sola’s of the Reformation, truths which were rediscovered 500 years ago. Michael Walters has also given a brief talk each week on the historical background to the Reformation.

The Fellowship Groups continue with the Anglesey Group studying Hebrews and the Bangor group Exodus. We have also commenced a group in Pontllyfni (currently studying Philippians) which aims to serve folk living in the Caernarfon area.

This year, we had a full coach load for the International Students tour of Snowdonia and many came back for refreshments afterwards, it proved to be a most enjoyable time. The Menai Bridge Fair took place on the 24th October and the church stall was manned throughout the day despite the inclement weather, by folk giving out fliers and gospel literature. As it is the 300th anniversary of the birth of the Welsh hymnist William Williams (Pantycelyn), we held a meeting in Benllech to celebrate his life. On this occasion Mr Wyn Thomas spoke on Williams’ life and we sang some of his hymns in Welsh and English.

In the first full week of November a group of us led by JP Earnest (OAM) went into some local schools in Bangor and Benllech to give a presentation of Pilgrim’s Progress. The children and teachers listened attentively and afterwards the children completed their work sheets. A children’s copy of Pilgrim’s Progress in Welsh ‘Taith y Pererin’ was donated to each school.

Fiona Earnest and Rebekah Culver have been to Albania to encourage the church in Memaliaj and to help with a CU mission in Girokaster. At the end of October we said farewell to two of our members Gareth and Ann Thomas who have relocated to Pontyates near Carmarthen. We wish them well and are grateful for their help in the church here.

John P Gough

October – November 2017

So much has happened during the last few months it’s hard to know where to begin, so we’ll start with the core ministry of the church. Our minister David has commenced a new series on Ephesians on Sunday mornings and in the evenings he has been preaching on the 5 Sola’s of the Reformation, truths which were rediscovered 500 years ago. Michael Walters has also given a brief talk each week on the historical background to the Reformation.

The Fellowship Groups continue with the Anglesey Group studying Hebrews and the Bangor group Exodus. We have also commenced a group in Pontllyfni (currently studying Philippians) which aims to serve folk living in the Caernarfon area.

This year, we had a full coach load for the International Students tour of Snowdonia and many came back for refreshments afterwards, it proved to be a most enjoyable time. The Menai Bridge Fair took place on the 24th October and the church stall was manned throughout the day despite the inclement weather, by folk giving out fliers and gospel literature. As it is the 300th anniversary of the birth of the Welsh hymnist William Williams (Pantycelyn), we held a meeting in Benllech to celebrate his life. On this occasion Mr Wyn Thomas spoke on Williams’ life and we sang some of his hymns in Welsh and English.

In the first full week of November a group of us led by JP Earnest (OAM) went into some local schools in Bangor and Benllech to give a presentation of Pilgrim’s Progress. The children and teachers listened attentively and afterwards the children completed their work sheets. A children’s copy of Pilgrim’s Progress in Welsh ‘Taith y Pererin’ was donated to each school.

Fiona Earnest and Rebekah Culver have been to Albania to encourage the church in Memaliaj and to help with a CU mission in Girokaster. At the end of October we said farewell to two of our members Gareth and Ann Thomas who have relocated to Pontyates near Carmarthen. We wish them well and are grateful for their help in the church here.

-John P Gough

August – September 2017

The recent Sunday School summer party had an unexpected visitor in the person of a soldier from 350 years ago complete with a soldier’s regalia of special hat, tunic, belt, bag and two swords! The children listened attentively as the ‘soldier’ (aka Michael Walters) explained a little about spiritual warfare before they returned to playing on the bouncy castles. Thanks are due to all who contributed in any way to make the party such a success.

Over the summer we have enjoyed fellowship with the Beach Mission team as they have attended our morning worship and taken evening service in Benllech. We welcomed to our services many visitors including a group of thirty young people from Dudley Baptist Church and the annual visit of the Allmand-Smith families. We are always delighted to see so many visitors as they greatly enrich our own small church fellowship.

A number of us were away at the Aber Conference so we missed hearing our brother Walter Johnson preach. We are grateful to him and to Oliver Allmand-Smith and Gareth Thomas for ministering God’s Word to us. Our minister David has returned to his series on Luke’s gospel on Sunday mornings and is completing his series on Isaiah on Sunday evenings. The normal mid-week activities have restarted including the English Language club and GOAL Youth club. The Ladies Bible Study group held a welcome lunch for their first meeting. Liz Gough, the leader of the group for many years has had to stand back for the time being due to her college commitments on Thursdays.

The students have returned to a full programme for their ‘Fresher’s Week’. At the Missionary prayer meeting, Elin Bryn Williams, the new UCCF Staff Worker shared with us her testimony and what her work would involve; she asked us to pray for her and the work in Bangor.

-John P Gough