The Wesleyans Pisgah Chapel

The Wesleyans attended Tyddyn Chapel at first, but itís some distance from the village on the road to Botwnnog. Among those who worshiped there were John and Mary Hughes of Ty Croes, Jane Morris Tyn Borth, Catherine Lewis Porth Neigwl W Hughes and John Griffith Tan y Meini. They had a pew in the chapel known as "Rhiw Pew" and this was where they would sit together. Every three weeks preachers of the circuit would call and preach a sermon.

Prayer meetings and services were held at various Cottages in Rhiw namely Bodgrugyn, Bryn Ffowc and the hovel at Plas yn Rhiw. Eventually under the guidance of John Hughes Ty Croes, Bwlch became a more permanent meeting place, preaching took place in the kitchen and prayers were said in the "Siambar" (bedroom). Sunday school was held at Ty Newydd now known as Gorffwysfa, it was later moved to the parish church as there was no Sunday school there and the vicar wisely granted them his permission.

Teulu_ty_croes.jpg (133964 bytes)  Mrs Williams, Morfa Bach, and family.

John and Mary Hughes than decided to open their doors to hold meetings of the covenant and there like minded people would gather to pray and hold religious discussions and have Sunday school. On Tuesday evenings they would occasionally have sermons. Blessings were bestowed on the family as their children kept to the faith and went on to become mainstays of the wesleyan movement . Two of their sons became deacons Humphrey of Ty Fwg Aberdaron and Thomas of Ty Canol Rhiw. Their daughters were also very faithful, Mrs Williams Morfa Bach was very prominent in Aberdaron and another Mrs Williams lived at Gorffwysfa Rhiw and two went as far afield as Anglesey and kept the faith at Pont Rhyd y Bont (Four Mile Bridge)

Capel_Pisgah.JPG (50451 bytes)  Pisgah Chapel today.

Worship at Ty Croes grew in strength and in 1877 it was decide to build a chapel and land valued at £25 was donated by Mrs Williams of Tyddyn Meirion. The chapel cost £544 to build and the money was raised by donations and loans, but a debt of £100 remained and a benefactor gave £50 provided the chapel elders matched the amount, however they only managed to raise £25 what happened to the rest is not known. The families of Meillionydd and Meillionydd bach became great supporters and benefactors of the chapel and it was finally opened in 1878. Services are still held there to this day, although sadly not on a regular basis due to a dwindling congregation and lack of ministers in the region.

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