Hebron Welsh Night 2019

Hebron Welsh Night

Our annual “Welsh Night” will be held on Thursday, 7th March at 7:30pm. Adrian Brake will give a talk on “Preaching Christ in the Marketplace: John Pugh and the Story of the Forward Movement”.

John Pugh had been a pastor in our nearby town of Tredegar for nine years before erecting a tent in Cardiff as a means of establishing a new Calvinistic Methodist church. This marked the beginning of the Forward Movement in Wales.

Hebron’s Welsh Night is an annual service on or around St. David’s Day, presenting a different topic from Welsh church history. The service is conducted in English. Afterwards there will be refreshments and traditional Welsh treats: pikelets, Welsh cakes and bara brith. This is a free event and everyone is welcome to attend.

Youth Link February 2019

Youth Link

The next Youth Link event is scheduled for Saturday 16th February at 7:30pm at Blaina Evangelical Church. Youth Link is for 11-18 year olds. There will be a short talk by Alan Petersen, followed by food and games.

For directions to Blaina Evangelical Church, visit the following page:

Hebron News Issue 5

Hebron News Issue 5

The fifth issue of our newsletter Hebron News will be distributed around Dowlais before Christmas along with our 2019 calendar featuring scenes from around Merthyr. If you do not live in Dowlais or would like additional free copies of the calendar to give to family and friends, please visit or contact us (while supplies last).

You are welcome to join us for our Christmas and New Year services.

Download a copy of Hebron News below.

Christmas

Christmas 2018

Do you enjoy Christmas? It’s a time for family and giving. It’s a time for promoting peace in world. But have you considered its Christian origins? As we put up our Christmas lights, we’re reminded of the light that God sent into the world. As we exchange gifts, we’re reminded of God’s gift to the world, when Jesus was born into the human race. To receive Him is to receive the greatest gift of all. Join us and find out more.

Thursday 20th December
Community Carol Service 6pm

Sunday 23rd December
Advent Services 11am & 6pm

Tuesday 25th December
Christmas Day Service 10am

Tuesday 1st January
New Year’s Day Service 6pm

New Service Times from April 2018

New service times

From April 1st, 2018, Hebron service times are changing:

Sunday 10:00am: Sunday Club (starts 15th April)
Sunday Club is a free club open to all children aged between 4 and 11 years old (approximately…we don’t mind if you’re 12 and you want to come!). We learn from the Bible, sing songs, play games and do lots of other activities that help us learn. We start at 10am and finish at 10.45am.

All leaders are DBS checked and have many years experience working with children.

There is also an adult class during this time.

Sunday 11:00am & 6:00pm: Worship services
Our services last about 75 minutes. We sing from New Christian Hymns which contains a mix of Psalms, hymns and spiritual songs old and new. Communion is held at the end of the service on the first Sunday of every month, alternating between morning and evening from month to month.

Monday and Wednesday 9:30am: Toddlers
During school terms. We enjoy a free time of open play and chatting until 11:00am. Children are encouraged to gather on or around the carpet for a time of singing and the giving of a very short Bible story. Exchanges of news, birthday celebration, birth announcements and welcoming of new families to the group take place too. All leaders have been DBS checked and have many years experience working with children.

Tuesday 7:30pm: Prayer MeetingThursday 10:30am: Coffee Morning (first Thursday of every month starting 3rd May)
Join us for a chat from 10.30 to 11.30am. It’s free!

Friday 7:30pm: Friday Nighters
Friday Nighters are 11-16 year olds who meet every Friday during school terms from 7.30pm until 9pm. There are games, activities and a short talk from the Bible. It’s free and all are welcome.

Saturday 7:30pm: Prayer MeetingEnglish Conversation Lessons
Do you know anyone needing help with their English language skills? English Conversation Lessons are available at Hebron. To register your interest and for more information please contact us.

Hebron News Issue 3

Hebron News Issue 3

The third issue of our newsletter Hebron News will be distributed around Dowlais before Christmas along with our 2018 calendar featuring scenes from around Merthyr. If you do not live in Dowlais or would like additional free copies of the calendar to give to family and friends, please visit or contact us (while supplies last). You are welcome to join us for our Christmas and New Year services.

Download a copy of Hebron News in English or Polish below.

Hebron News Issue 2

Hebron News Issue 2

The second issue of our 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. Download a copy below.

The Ordination and Induction of James Allan as Pastor of Hebron

Speakers at the ordination and induction of James Allan as pastor of Hebron

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.