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--Re-opening of Libanus, Treherbert.


Re-opening of Libanus, Treherbert. Libanus, the oldest but one Baptist chapel in the Rhondda, was re-opened a week last Sunday, after complete re- construction at a cost of over £ 2,500. The first Welsh Baptist cause at Treherbert wos carried on in a building on the site of the present Libanus Chapel in 1838. The old building was remodelled in 1858. The abnormal increase in the population Rev. H. HARRIS. during the past few years made it neces- sary to provide more accommodation. To-day, 1,000 persons can be seated in the magnificent new building. Libanus stands back from the main road, with picturesque greens dotted with fir trees EXTERIOR OF LIBANUS CHAPEL. and other evergreens on either side of the broad path. At night, when lighted up, the light beaming through the stained glass windows makes a pleasant impres- sion. The pillars at the entrance of the INTERIOR OF LIBANUS CHAPEL. chapel add to the beauty of the edifice. The interior is splendidly designed, very compact, and well adapted for the com- fort of the congregation. The pulpit is beautifully consftructeld and decorated with skilled carving (as shown in the reproduced photo). Under the pastorate of the Rev. H. Harris, D.D., Libanus has flourished con- siderably and now registers over 400 members. Dr. Harris is a native of Carmarthenshire, and was brought up in Port Talbot, where he first commenced to preach. He was trained for the ministry at Pontypool Baptist College, under the Rev. Dr. Thomas, having for his fellow-students the Rev. Dr. Abel J. Parry and the late Revs. J. Rufus Wil- liams, Ystrad, and Isaac Thomas, Swan- sea. He has held pastorates at Llanelly (Brecknockshire), Manchester, Haverford- west, Loughor, London, St. David's, as well as the present one at Libanus, Tre- herbert. The rev. gentleman has received every honour that it is possible for the Baptist denomination to confer upon him,. His services have been in constant demand in preaching festivals and on the Cymanfa stage. He has occupied the chair of the Baptist Association of East Glamorgan, and has preached special sermons to the students of both Baptist Colleges of Wales. When the Baptist Union held its annual meeting at Liverpool, a few years ago, Dr. Harris occupied the chair and delivered a most interesting and inspiring address on There is a future for the Baptists." A short time afterwards, he was honoured with the title of D.D." by the authorities of the William Jewel Universities, America. Not only is he a prince amongst Welsh prc-achers-for even now, at the advanced age of 75, he holds his congregation spellbound—but he is also an accomplished bard, having secured several prizes at important eisteddfodau. He is the author of an interesting, book, entitled Yr Adroddiadur," which con- tains choice selections of his own com- position suitable for recitation. He has also prepared a volume of sermons for the Press, and the public is anxiously awaiting its issue. Whilst worshipping for the last time at the Treherbert Infants' School (which was occupied during the renovation of Libanus), Dr. Harris preached on the appropriate text, Arise, let us go hence." For the initial sermon at the new chapel, the Rev. H. Harris took his text from Ecclesiastics iii. 15. It is interesting to know that this ten is the one on which Dr. Harris preached from when he first had a call to Libanus—twenty years ago. The services during the last fortnight have been very successful, the powerful sermons delivered by the eminent Welsh preachers being most eloquent and stimu- lating. Altogether, the sum of R234 19s. was collected at the services during the first week. fConcert at Blaenclytiac^. Mr. Trevor Evans' concert party gave a concert at Libanus (C.M.) Chapel on Thursday evening last, before a fair audience, over which Mr, J. J. Reinecke, Tonypandy, presided. The party con- sisted of Miss Agnes Parry. soprano; Madame Hannah Jones, contralto; NIl". Trevor Evans, tenor; and Mr. D. Morris Evans, baritone. Mr. J. Llewellyn accompanied. The first part of the programme con- sisted of a pianoforte solo by Mr. J. Llewellyn; song, In a child's small hand," Madame Jones; song. "Long Ago," Mr. D. Evans; song, "Nant y Mynydd," Miss Parry song, '■U)^<f"'|i eto'n Nghymru Anwyl," Mr. T t11 Evans; and the "Sol-fa Duct." by Madame Jones and Mr. D. Evans. Those who had anticipated a musical treat < a little disappointed with the i;1 given, especially when the renutation of the artistes was considered. The only artistic contribution was that by Madame Jones. Hers was a delightful little song, as delightfully sungt. In the second portion we were given a. quartet, In this hour of softened splendour," by the artistes; song, 'Mary," Mr. Trevor Evans; song, "In 1822," Madame Jones; duet, Howel a lodven," Miss Parry and Mr. Trevor Jvans; song, "Cartref," Mr. D. M. Evans and" Spring is coming," by Miss Pany. Here again Madame Jones' song I JS the redeeming feature of an un- intecesting- half-an-hour's singing. No one ■> ( »»\t would dispute the fact that a Letter concert could have been given by 1 c 1 artistes1. The proceeds are to be given to Mr. l*{" Te Jones, Court Street, an old in- hM at of the district, who has been fm'nhle to follow his employment for some


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