In 1971, the front-page headline of an edition of Evangelical Times read ‘Revival Church Reborn’. Two years before, a bilingual church had formed in Bangor, North Wales, when various small groups of believers came together for worship and prayer, initially meeting in various homes.
After adopting a doctrinal basis grounded in the Westminster Confession of Faith, a church was formally constituted and named Bangor Evangelical Church. Two years later, the church moved into a redundant chapel called Ebenezer.
Last October witnessed a series of meetings in which many past and present members of the church came together to mark its 50th anniversary. Guests were treated to fellowship over tea and viewed a large selection of photographs and memorabilia relating to the history of the church. An anniversary cake was cut by one of the founders of the church, Dr Dave Norbury.
The evening meeting was led by current minister, David Finnie, but began with preaching by the church’s first minister, Rev. Dr Eryl Davies. This was followed by interviews with people who attended the church throughout its history.
Afterwards, a DVD was shown outlining the history of the church. On leaving, everyone present was given a copy of the DVD and an illustrated booklet covering that history.
On Sunday, two services were held and Dr Davies preached. Over the course of the weekend, many expressed thanks to their Lord for keeping the church over the last fifty years.