‘We have a Gospel to proclaim’ – Religion and Social Change in Non-Conformist Anglesey
Members, we know, will be very disappointed that the Committee preparing for this very interesting event has been forced, by the current pandemic situation and the restrictions now in place, to postpone it until Saturday February 11th 2023.
We had a very impressive range of speakers assembled, but we are confident that they will all be available to join us next year when we will be able to examine the very important impact that Non-Conformity had on life in Anglesey in the 18th and 19th century and into our present era. We also hope that we will be able to keep the cost at £25-£30.
The Society definitely will be arranging a series of outdoor excursions in 2022, as we did last year, from the end of May until early September. The first of these, on May 28th 2022 will be an afternoon in the Llangefni area visiting four historic chapels: Ebenezer, Rhos y Meirch 1749; Cildwrn originally 1750 Baptist (Christmas Evans) now restored as Evangelical Church; Penuel Chapel founded 1897 as memorial to Christmas Evans. This was the successor to Cildwrn; Moreia Presbyterian Church, current building 1905 – a memorial to John Elias. This is the chapel where we will hold our Day School next year. We hope to see many of you on this excursion, that will be an attractive forerunner to our day of discussion in 2023.
The programme which we had planned to offer next month would have been:
- Introduction: Rev Ieuan Elfryn Jones – A different church perspective: An introduction to the development of Nonconformity on Anglesey
- Lecture 1: Prof Densil Morgan – Dissent, Nonconformity and the Free Churches in Wales during the long nineteenth century, 1760-1914
- Lecture 2: Dr Eryn White (Aberyswyth) – Early Methodism in Anglesey
- Lecture 3: Dr Gareth Evans Jones (Bangor) – The Methodist Pope: A Reflection on the Religiosity of John Elias of Anglesey
- Lecture 4: Sue Fielding (RCAHMW) – The Architecture of Chapels
- Short Bites:
- Densil Morgan – Christmas Evans: Baptist minister and Nonconformist Pioneer on Anglesey
- Ieuan Elfryn Jones – A peaceful nation and a warlike world: the influence of the Revd John Williams, Brynsiencyn on Welsh army recruitment during the First World War
- Andrew Davidson: Robert Roberts, Pandy Treban, Bryngwran
- Robin Grove White: Rumpus at Llanfechell
- Conclusion – Ieuan Elfryn Jones: “Go forth and tell! The doors are open wide” – The ever evolving nature of the different denominations on Anglesey
And we hope that it will be the same next year, when we look forward to seeing a lot of members with us in Moreia Chapel, Llangefni.