Welcome to West End Congregational Church

Croeso i West End Congregational Church

If you wish to contact our pastor, Craig James, please call 07594 725116

Our Mission

Our Vision

“To provide a spiritual and practical home that fully meet the needs of our community through Christ who strengthens us.”


Home is as a place where we are accepted unconditionally for who we are; a place where we belong; where we feel that we matter.  We understand that in Ebbw Vale, there are a lot of different types of people with many different needs.  West End welcomes everybody for who they are, what they’ve done and where they’ve come from because Christ  loves and welcomes them.  As a Church, we have a vision that one day we will be able to FULLY meet the practical and spiritual needs of those who are oppressed, bullied, persecuted, marginalised, those with addiction, those who are homeless, those who are bereaved, those with mental and physical requirements.  This is a place where everybody is welcome at the moment, but we hope to one day be able to meet everybody’s need no matter who they are, no matter what the need.

“To nurture a personal relationship with Christ in all and highlight His relevance in their lives; and to serve our local and Global community to the best of our ability.”


West End is a place where you are welcomed no matter who you are and we will do our very best to come alongside each person with prayer and friendship.  We put Christ at the very centre of everything that goes on inside the Church and we live and grow in our faith together through the good times, and the bad times.  We aim to nurture faith in Christ and through testimony and witness, share how God has worked in our lives and how to keep watch for God at work in each of our lives.  It is because of Christ that we have hope and He is our motivation to love and care for each other as well as our local and global community.  While we can’t all be missionaries, we do help local and global charities and organisations to spread the Gospel and help to those who need it.

Congregationalism

“When described to people who are not churchgoers, they are amazed – that Christians can operate without hierarchies or elaborate ritual. ‘If all churches were like that’, they say, ‘I might go!’ By trusting God, and trusting the members whom God has called together in a covenant relationship, congregational Christians open the door to the power of God’s Spirit. The Bible describes the gifts of the Holy Spirit, and we expect to see these in action, through the members of the church.


This is true not just in the confines of church life.



Today, congregational churches in Britain and around the world uphold the same principles. It is something to be proud of and it is hoped that this range of resources will enable you and others to get to know it better, and give you the confidence to share it!


Jesus said, "Where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I in the midst of them."  Matthew 18:20


CONGREGATIONALISTS belong to their local Church and each Church to the Congregational Federation, by belief in the living God revealed in Jesus Christ, our Lord and Saviour.


WE TRUST in the promise of our Lord Jesus Christ to be with His people who meet in His name.


WE AFFIRM the scriptural right of every Church to maintain independence in the ordering of its affairs according to the guidance of the Holy Spirit.


WE RECOGNISE the oneness of all Christians within the world-wide Church and respect the natural diversity of ways to God.


WE SEEK the unity for which Christ prayed by the means He wills.


WE WORSHIP, work and serve with all who love our Lord Jesus Christ, to realise His kingdom in the world, and to help people everywhere to know the joy of His companionship.

In 1906, 112 people moved from Libanus Congregational Church.  As a result, on the 11th May in 1906, there was a meeting held at the Primitive Methodist Church Schoolroom on Libanus Road.


This meeting was to consider the forming of an English-speaking Church to meet the needs of a growing population in Ebbw Vale.


Because the Church didn’t have a building, the initial Church services were conducted in Pontygof’s Girls’ School.


The Church continued to grow over the next month, and a special Church meeting was conducted to discuss building a Church building.  By this time, the membership was about 180.


On December 16th 1907, the first foundation stones were laid.