On Saturday, 5th November, James Allan was ordained to the Christian ministry and inducted into the pastorate of Hebron. It was a chilly but beautiful autumn afternoon and the chapel was filled with sunlight and around 250 people. It was a stirring sound to hear so many voices singing God’s praise. Dr. Eryl Davies, an Elder at the Heath Evangelical Church in Cardiff, read Mark 6:30-50. Rev. Stephen Darby, pastor of Hope Church at Bethel Cefn Hengoed and Calvary Penybryn (James’ former church) led the ordination, explaining from Ephesians 4 that the Lord clearly gives some to be teachers in the church. James confirmed his belief in God, Christ to be the Son of God, and the Scriptures to be the infallible Word of God. Rev. Roy Hamilton, the former pastor of Hebron, and Dr Davies laid hands on James to set him apart for the ministry. Philip Cushen, an elder at Hebron, gave a history of the call for a pastor, prompted by the Rev. Hamilton’s announcement a year ago of his intention to retire by the end of 2016. The elders thought it would be unwise to consider a very young man for the ministry, but conversely the church would benefit from a longer period of settled ministry that an older man would not be able to give. There was also a desire not to draw a man away from an existing ministry. James Allan had preached at Hebron on occasion from 2007 onwards and had a strong sense of divine call to ministry. The elders thoroughly grilled James on doctrinal matters! A ballot was held in June and the members of Hebron unanimously voted in favour of calling James to the pastorate; a result which nobody could remember happening in Hebron before. James accepted the call within a few days and was received into membership at Hebron, along with his wife Esther, in October. Philip ended with the encouragement that in 1964 a man, then slightly younger than James is now, began a long ministry in Hebron that would last for 37 years. However, more than desiring a lengthy ministry, the church hopes for the Lord's blessing on it, and that we may see a return to the days in Hebron lore when the chapel was so hot from the crowds that the minister asked the deacons to smash the windows! James then gave a response to the call. He mentioned that the first time he preached at Hebron he had the conviction that this congregation loved God's Word. He gave his testimony, giving thanks for his parents bringing him up with the truth of Scripture, for the Godly influences and conviction of sin he felt at the Heath when he was 15, for hearing faithful preaching, for the desire and opportunities to speak God’s Word to others, for his calling, and for God’s helping the family after the call came. He admitted to being excited and terrified at the same time, realising his own weaknesses and sin, and valuing prayer. Rev. Stephen Darby gave a commendation of James from Hope Church where James and Esther chose to serve for 13 years rather than attending a larger church. He spoke of their faithfulness to God, loyalty and prayerfulness, and service in the children's work. The church is indebted to them – while giving the glory to God alone – and will miss them and their children. Rev. Dan Peters, pastor of Newcastle Reformed Evangelical Church, and James’ brother-in-law, preached from Mark 6 on two of Jesus' most iconic miracles: the feeding of the five thousand and Jesus walking on the water. The context is the sending forth of the disciples and the miracles are subservient to this. While James is not being inducted into Apostolic ministry, there is overlap as Apostles and teachers are listed together in Ephesians 4. Jesus tells the disciples on their return to come and rest a while. Those who labour and are heavy laden should come to Jesus for rest. However, it is not just about mental and physical rest but finding our ultimate satisfaction in Him. Jesus sets an example to the disciples by having compassion on the crowd. The compassionate part of the pastoral ministry is not only hospital visits or encouraging emails. Needs are met when the Word is preached. Preaching is the main conduit of love and compassion to the congregation. Jesus exercises His power through the disciples. He tells the disciples to give the crowd something to eat and in the end it is the disciples who set the food before the people. Pastors today work as His power flows through them. Jesus’ walking on the water did not prove Him to be God in itself since Peter was also enabled to do the same. However, it was a display of divine glory. He would have "passed by" them, and He said, “It is I”, alluding to Exodus. The scene is reminiscent of Psalm 77 as it speaks of the parting of the Red Sea. It is appropriate for Jesus to show Himself as the God of Exodus, as the disciples’ message as they go out is to be that Jesus is God. We are invited to receive His rest and take our rightful place at His feet in worship and surrender. We must bow down to Him as God or face the eternal consequences. The act of induction was led by Rev. Roy Hamilton who noted that the theme throughout the afternoon had been the centrality of the Word of God. He reviewed the church rules and confession of faith put in place by Hebron to protect both the minister and the congregation. They cannot come back later and say they no longer believe these things. James affirmed his intention to seek to glorify God and to nourish and care for the people, labouring for their eternal welfare. The church members consented to honour, support and work with James without contention, and the elders placed hands on him. The service was followed by a tea of sandwiches, Welsh Bara Brith, pikelets and an abundance of cakes. James will take up the pastoral ministry full time in December after finishing his secular employment.

THE ORDINATION AND INDUCTION OF JAMES ALLAN AS PASTOR OF HEBRON

5th November 2016
From Left to Right: Rev. Dan Peters, Rev. Stephen Darby, Dr. Eryl Davies, Rev. Roy Hamilton, Rev. James Allan, Mr. Eric Kelly, Mr. Philip Cushen.
Registered Charity No.1129362

HEBRON NEWS ISSUE 1

24th March 2017
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The first issue of our new newsletter Hebron News will be distributed around Dowlais in the run up to Easter. It contains an Easter message and details of our Holiday Club and Easter services. Click or touch the image to view or download a PDF copy. Additional paper copies are available from Hebron.

EASTER

24th March 2017
The following recently appeared on the back of a Christian magazine: He had no servants, yet they called Him Master. He had no degree, yet they call Him Teacher. He had no medicines, yet they called Him Healer. He had no army, yet kings feared Him. He won no military battles, yet He conquered the world. He committed no crime, yet they crucified Him. He was buried in a tomb, yet He lives today. It describes the life of Jesus Christ. What sets Jesus apart from any other figure of history is the empty tomb and the reality of the resurrection. The New Testament describes the stone in front of His tomb being rolled away. All could look in and see that the tomb was empty and that Jesus had risen. Hundreds of people claimed they saw the risen Christ. You might not be a religious person, but has anything ever happened to you that has made you think? Maybe you once attended Chapel or Sunday School many years ago. Have you ever wondered if there was any value in what you heard? You might still attend Church – but it seems dull. Perhaps Christianity means nothing to you at all. You think of ‘the church’ only as a building for weddings and funerals. We believe the Christian message changes people. Why not consider it for yourself? Our services are simple and you are warmly invited to attend. Why not consider the significance of Jesus’ death and resurrection this Easter? Because of what Jesus did by his death and resurrection, God is willing to forgive all our wrong and to bring us to know Him. God, by His Holy Spirit will come to live within us. This is a friendship with God that lasts not only in life, but through death and into eternity. Heaven is not a reward; it is a gift – given to all who will trust and follow Jesus. Good Friday, 14th April 2017, 7:30pm Rev. Bartel Elshout (Grand Rapids, Michigan) Refreshments will be available at the close of the service Easter Sunday, 16th April 2017, 10:00am Rev. David George (Maesycwmmer) Easter Sunday, 16th April 2017, 6:00pm Rev. Bartel Elshout Refreshments will be available at the close of the evening service

HEBRON NEWS ISSUE 2

28th August 2017
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The second issue of our new newsletter Hebron News will be distributed around Dowlais after the summer holidays. It contains details of upcoming events including Seeking to See, a series of meetings about the big questions of life, and a talk on the significance of Martin Luther today in this 500th anniversary year of his nailing his 95 theses to the door of the castle church in Wittenberg. The newsletter is also available in Polish. Click or touch the image to view or download a PDF copy in English or Polish. Additional paper copies are available from Hebron.
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THE ORDINATION AND INDUCTION OF

JAMES ALLAN AS PASTOR OF HEBRON

5th November 2016
On Saturday, 5th November, James Allan was ordained to the Christian ministry and inducted into the pastorate of Hebron. It was a chilly but beautiful autumn afternoon and the chapel was filled with sunlight and around 250 people. It was a stirring sound to hear so many voices singing God’s praise. Dr. Eryl Davies, an Elder at the Heath Evangelical Church in Cardiff, read Mark 6:30-50. Rev. Stephen Darby, pastor of Hope Church at Bethel Cefn Hengoed and Calvary Penybryn (James’ former church) led the ordination, explaining from Ephesians 4 that the Lord clearly gives some to be teachers in the church. James confirmed his belief in God, Christ to be the Son of God, and the Scriptures to be the infallible Word of God. Rev. Roy Hamilton, the former pastor of Hebron, and Dr Davies laid hands on James to set him apart for the ministry. Philip Cushen, an elder at Hebron, gave a history of the call for a pastor, prompted by the Rev. Hamilton’s announcement a year ago of his intention to retire by the end of 2016. The elders thought it would be unwise to consider a very young man for the ministry, but conversely the church would benefit from a longer period of settled ministry that an older man would not be able to give. There was also a desire not to draw a man away from an existing ministry. James Allan had preached at Hebron on occasion from 2007 onwards and had a strong sense of divine call to ministry. The elders thoroughly grilled James on doctrinal matters! A ballot was held in June and the members of Hebron unanimously voted in favour of calling James to the pastorate; a result which nobody could remember happening in Hebron before. James accepted the call within a few days and was received into membership at Hebron, along with his wife Esther, in October. Philip ended with the encouragement that in 1964 a man, then slightly younger than James is now, began a long ministry in Hebron that would last for 37 years. However, more than desiring a lengthy ministry, the church hopes for the Lord's blessing on it, and that we may see a return to the days in Hebron lore when the chapel was so hot from the crowds that the minister asked the deacons to smash the windows! James then gave a response to the call. He mentioned that the first time he preached at Hebron he had the conviction that this congregation loved God's Word. He gave his testimony, giving thanks for his parents bringing him up with the truth of Scripture, for the Godly influences and conviction of sin he felt at the Heath when he was 15, for hearing faithful preaching, for the desire and opportunities to speak God’s Word to others, for his calling, and for God’s helping the family after the call came. He admitted to being excited and terrified at the same time, realising his own weaknesses and sin, and valuing prayer. Rev. Stephen Darby gave a commendation of James from Hope Church where James and Esther chose to serve for 13 years rather than attending a larger church. He spoke of their faithfulness to God, loyalty and prayerfulness, and service in the children's work. The church is indebted to them – while giving the glory to God alone – and will miss them and their children. Rev. Dan Peters, pastor of Newcastle Reformed Evangelical Church, and James’ brother-in-law, preached from Mark 6 on two of Jesus' most iconic miracles: the feeding of the five thousand and Jesus walking on the water. The context is the sending forth of the disciples and the miracles are subservient to this. While James is not being inducted into Apostolic ministry, there is overlap as Apostles and teachers are listed together in Ephesians 4. Jesus tells the disciples on their return to come and rest a while. Those who labour and are heavy laden should come to Jesus for rest. However, it is not just about mental and physical rest but finding our ultimate satisfaction in Him. Jesus sets an example to the disciples by having compassion on the crowd. The compassionate part of the pastoral ministry is not only hospital visits or encouraging emails. Needs are met when the Word is preached. Preaching is the main conduit of love and compassion to the congregation. Jesus exercises His power through the disciples. He tells the disciples to give the crowd something to eat and in the end it is the disciples who set the food before the people. Pastors today work as His power flows through them. Jesus’ walking on the water did not prove Him to be God in itself since Peter was also enabled to do the same. However, it was a display of divine glory. He would have "passed by" them, and He said, “It is I”, alluding to Exodus. The scene is reminiscent of Psalm 77 as it speaks of the parting of the Red Sea. It is appropriate for Jesus to show Himself as the God of Exodus, as the disciples’ message as they go out is to be that Jesus is God. We are invited to receive His rest and take our rightful place at His feet in worship and surrender. We must bow down to Him as God or face the eternal consequences. The act of induction was led by Rev. Roy Hamilton who noted that the theme throughout the afternoon had been the centrality of the Word of God. He reviewed the church rules and confession of faith put in place by Hebron to protect both the minister and the congregation. They cannot come back later and say they no longer believe these things. James affirmed his intention to seek to glorify God and to nourish and care for the people, labouring for their eternal welfare. The church members consented to honour, support and work with James without contention, and the elders placed hands on him. The service was followed by a tea of sandwiches, Welsh Bara Brith, pikelets and an abundance of cakes. James will take up the pastoral ministry full time in December after finishing his secular employment.
From Left to Right: Rev. Dan Peters, Rev. Stephen Darby, Dr. Eryl Davies, Rev. Roy Hamilton, Rev. James Allan, Mr. Eric Kelly, Mr. Philip Cushen.

HEBRON NEWS ISSUE 1

24th March 2017
The first issue of our new newsletter Hebron News will be distributed around Dowlais in the run up to Easter. It contains an Easter message and details of our Holiday Club and Easter services. Click or touch the image to view or download a PDF copy. Additional paper copies are available from Hebron.
View

EASTER

24th March 2017
The following recently appeared on the back of a Christian magazine: He had no servants, yet they called Him Master. He had no degree, yet they call Him Teacher. He had no medicines, yet they called Him Healer. He had no army, yet kings feared Him. He won no military battles, yet He conquered the world. He committed no crime, yet they crucified Him. He was buried in a tomb, yet He lives today. It describes the life of Jesus Christ. What sets Jesus apart from any other figure of history is the empty tomb and the reality of the resurrection. The New Testament describes the stone in front of His tomb being rolled away. All could look in and see that the tomb was empty and that Jesus had risen. Hundreds of people claimed they saw the risen Christ. You might not be a religious person, but has anything ever happened to you that has made you think? Maybe you once attended Chapel or Sunday School many years ago. Have you ever wondered if there was any value in what you heard? You might still attend Church – but it seems dull. Perhaps Christianity means nothing to you at all. You think of ‘the church’ only as a building for weddings and funerals. We believe the Christian message changes people. Why not consider it for yourself? Our services are simple and you are warmly invited to attend. Why not consider the significance of Jesus’ death and resurrection this Easter? Because of what Jesus did by his death and resurrection, God is willing to forgive all our wrong and to bring us to know Him. God, by His Holy Spirit will come to live within us. This is a friendship with God that lasts not only in life, but through death and into eternity. Heaven is not a reward; it is a gift – given to all who will trust and follow Jesus. Good Friday, 14th April 2017, 7:30pm Rev. Bartel Elshout (Grand Rapids, Michigan) Refreshments will be available at the close of the service Easter Sunday, 16th April 2017, 10:00am Rev. David George (Maesycwmmer) Easter Sunday, 16th April 2017, 6:00pm Rev. Bartel Elshout Refreshments will be available at the close of the evening service

HEBRON NEWS ISSUE 2

28th August 2017
The second issue of our new newsletter Hebron News will be distributed around Dowlais after the summer holidays. It contains details of upcoming events including Seeking to See, a series of meetings about the big questions of life, and a talk on the significance of Martin Luther today in this 500th anniversary year of his nailing his 95 theses to the door of the castle church in Wittenberg. The newsletter is also available in Polish. Click or touch the image to view or download a PDF copy in English or Polish. Additional paper copies are available from Hebron.
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View Polish

THE ORDINATION AND INDUCTION OF JAMES ALLAN AS

PASTOR OF HEBRON

5th November 2016
On Saturday, 5th November, James Allan was ordained to the Christian ministry and inducted into the pastorate of Hebron. It was a chilly but beautiful autumn afternoon and the chapel was filled with sunlight and around 250 people. It was a stirring sound to hear so many voices singing God’s praise. Dr. Eryl Davies, an Elder at the Heath Evangelical Church in Cardiff, read Mark 6:30-50. Rev. Stephen Darby, pastor of Hope Church at Bethel Cefn Hengoed and Calvary Penybryn (James’ former church) led the ordination, explaining from Ephesians 4 that the Lord clearly gives some to be teachers in the church. James confirmed his belief in God, Christ to be the Son of God, and the Scriptures to be the infallible Word of God. Rev. Roy Hamilton, the former pastor of Hebron, and Dr Davies laid hands on James to set him apart for the ministry. Philip Cushen, an elder at Hebron, gave a history of the call for a pastor, prompted by the Rev. Hamilton’s announcement a year ago of his intention to retire by the end of 2016. The elders thought it would be unwise to consider a very young man for the ministry, but conversely the church would benefit from a longer period of settled ministry that an older man would not be able to give. There was also a desire not to draw a man away from an existing ministry. James Allan had preached at Hebron on occasion from 2007 onwards and had a strong sense of divine call to ministry. The elders thoroughly grilled James on doctrinal matters! A ballot was held in June and the members of Hebron unanimously voted in favour of calling James to the pastorate; a result which nobody could remember happening in Hebron before. James accepted the call within a few days and was received into membership at Hebron, along with his wife Esther, in October. Philip ended with the encouragement that in 1964 a man, then slightly younger than James is now, began a long ministry in Hebron that would last for 37 years. However, more than desiring a lengthy ministry, the church hopes for the Lord's blessing on it, and that we may see a return to the days in Hebron lore when the chapel was so hot from the crowds that the minister asked the deacons to smash the windows! James then gave a response to the call. He mentioned that the first time he preached at Hebron he had the conviction that this congregation loved God's Word. He gave his testimony, giving thanks for his parents bringing him up with the truth of Scripture, for the Godly influences and conviction of sin he felt at the Heath when he was 15, for hearing faithful preaching, for the desire and opportunities to speak God’s Word to others, for his calling, and for God’s helping the family after the call came. He admitted to being excited and terrified at the same time, realising his own weaknesses and sin, and valuing prayer. Rev. Stephen Darby gave a commendation of James from Hope Church where James and Esther chose to serve for 13 years rather than attending a larger church. He spoke of their faithfulness to God, loyalty and prayerfulness, and service in the children's work. The church is indebted to them – while giving the glory to God alone – and will miss them and their children. Rev. Dan Peters, pastor of Newcastle Reformed Evangelical Church, and James’ brother-in- law, preached from Mark 6 on two of Jesus' most iconic miracles: the feeding of the five thousand and Jesus walking on the water. The context is the sending forth of the disciples and the miracles are subservient to this. While James is not being inducted into Apostolic ministry, there is overlap as Apostles and teachers are listed together in Ephesians 4. Jesus tells the disciples on their return to come and rest a while. Those who labour and are heavy laden should come to Jesus for rest. However, it is not just about mental and physical rest but finding our ultimate satisfaction in Him. Jesus sets an example to the disciples by having compassion on the crowd. The compassionate part of the pastoral ministry is not only hospital visits or encouraging emails. Needs are met when the Word is preached. Preaching is the main conduit of love and compassion to the congregation. Jesus exercises His power through the disciples. He tells the disciples to give the crowd something to eat and in the end it is the disciples who set the food before the people. Pastors today work as His power flows through them. Jesus’ walking on the water did not prove Him to be God in itself since Peter was also enabled to do the same. However, it was a display of divine glory. He would have "passed by" them, and He said, “It is I”, alluding to Exodus. The scene is reminiscent of Psalm 77 as it speaks of the parting of the Red Sea. It is appropriate for Jesus to show Himself as the God of Exodus, as the disciples’ message as they go out is to be that Jesus is God. We are invited to receive His rest and take our rightful place at His feet in worship and surrender. We must bow down to Him as God or face the eternal consequences. The act of induction was led by Rev. Roy Hamilton who noted that the theme throughout the afternoon had been the centrality of the Word of God. He reviewed the church rules and confession of faith put in place by Hebron to protect both the minister and the congregation. They cannot come back later and say they no longer believe these things. James affirmed his intention to seek to glorify God and to nourish and care for the people, labouring for their eternal welfare. The church members consented to honour, support and work with James without contention, and the elders placed hands on him. The service was followed by a tea of sandwiches, Welsh Bara Brith, pikelets and an abundance of cakes. James will take up the pastoral ministry full time in December after finishing his secular employment.
From Left to Right: Rev. Dan Peters, Rev. Stephen Darby, Dr. Eryl Davies, Rev. Roy Hamilton, Rev. James Allan, Mr. Eric Kelly, Mr. Philip Cushen.
Registered Charity No.1129362

HEBRON NEWS ISSUE 1

The first issue of our new newsletter Hebron News will be distributed around Dowlais in the run up to Easter. It contains an Easter message and details of our Holiday Club and Easter services. Click or touch the image to view or download a PDF copy. Additional paper copies are available from Hebron.
View

EASTER

24th March 2017
The following recently appeared on the back of a Christian magazine: He had no servants, yet they called Him Master. He had no degree, yet they call Him Teacher. He had no medicines, yet they called Him Healer. He had no army, yet kings feared Him. He won no military battles, yet He conquered the world. He committed no crime, yet they crucified Him. He was buried in a tomb, yet He lives today. It describes the life of Jesus Christ. What sets Jesus apart from any other figure of history is the empty tomb and the reality of the resurrection. The New Testament describes the stone in front of His tomb being rolled away. All could look in and see that the tomb was empty and that Jesus had risen. Hundreds of people claimed they saw the risen Christ. You might not be a religious person, but has anything ever happened to you that has made you think? Maybe you once attended Chapel or Sunday School many years ago. Have you ever wondered if there was any value in what you heard? You might still attend Church – but it seems dull. Perhaps Christianity means nothing to you at all. You think of ‘the church’ only as a building for weddings and funerals. We believe the Christian message changes people. Why not consider it for yourself? Our services are simple and you are warmly invited to attend. Why not consider the significance of Jesus’ death and resurrection this Easter? Because of what Jesus did by his death and resurrection, God is willing to forgive all our wrong and to bring us to know Him. God, by His Holy Spirit will come to live within us. This is a friendship with God that lasts not only in life, but through death and into eternity. Heaven is not a reward; it is a gift – given to all who will trust and follow Jesus. Good Friday, 14th April 2017, 7:30pm Rev. Bartel Elshout (Grand Rapids, Michigan) Refreshments will be available at the close of the service Easter Sunday, 16th April 2017, 10:00am Rev. David George (Maesycwmmer) Easter Sunday, 16th April 2017, 6:00pm Rev. Bartel Elshout Refreshments will be available at the close of the evening service
24th March 2017

HEBRON NEWS ISSUE 2

28th August 2017
The second issue of our new newsletter Hebron News will be distributed around Dowlais after the summer holidays. It contains details of upcoming events including Seeking to See, a series of meetings about the big questions of life, and a talk on the significance of Martin Luther today in this 500th anniversary year of his nailing his 95 theses to the door of the castle church in Wittenberg. The newsletter is also available in Polish. Click or touch the image to view or download a PDF copy in English or Polish. Additional paper copies are available from Hebron.
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