Moriah Chapel     Birthplace of the 1904 Welsh Revival
Resting in Jesus 1842 Love Song The Doors are Open God's Perfect Timing Revival Meetings In Remembrance Provided by Grace Prayer Meetings

Resting in Jesus

Evan Roberts is buried at the rear of the main building together with the rest of his family. You can read more about his grave by clicking on the 'Grave' item above.

1842

The old schoolroom was built in 1842. Prior to this, the church meetings used to take place in a farmhouse kitchen on the opposite side of the road to the present Moriah Chapel.

Love Song

(you will be able to hear it sung in Welsh and English) - 'Here is Love' was known as the love song of the revival. If you have speakers, you will be able to hear it in Welsh on the home page. When you look across the ocean, you can not see where it ends because it never ends, continuously flowing across the globe. Such is the love of God.

The Doors are Open

Our doors are open to visitors just like they were open to the many thousands back in 1904. If you wish to visit us, please fill the online form in below by clicking on the little arrow.

God's Perfect Timing

Did you know that the main chapel building was built in 1898? During construction, no one knew that a great revival was to take place shortly after, apart from God!

Revival Meetings

Scores and scores of people would flock the Revival Meetings to hear Evan Roberts preach and to experience the tangible presence of God. One thing that stands out more in the 1904 Welsh Revival than any other move of God in history was the convicting power of the Spirit, causing people to fall on their knees in the streets and repent whilst no one was around.

In Remembrance

Outside the main building is a memorial dedicated to Evan Roberts. You can see more information on this by clicking on the 'Memorial' item above.

Provided by Grace

Moriah was the name given to the place where Abraham almost sacrificed Isaac. Instead, God provided a ram in Isaac's place. Through grace, Jesus was also provided as a substitute for us so that we might find peace again with God.

Prayer Meetings

On the evening of 31st October 1904, this very room was occupied with 18 young people, all hungry for God. Among them was the well known revivalist, Evan Roberts. Little did they know how much this move of God would affect the world!

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History

The Origins of Moriah

In 1739, following the visit of the itinerant preacher Howell Harris to the Loughor area, a Society of Methodists was formed. The first meetings were held in a farmhouse kitchen on the opposite side of the road to the present Moriah Chapel. Rev Hopkin Bevan became the minister of the society which flourished to such an extent that the need for a chapel building became a necessity. The members were poor and unable to afford to build a meeting place. Mrs Elizabeth Morgan, however, made provision in her will for the renovation of a thatched barn which was adapted and became the first Moriah in 1827-28. It was known as “Capel y To Gwellt” (The Thatched Roof Chapel) and was situated behind the present schoolroom. It was officially opened on 11th October 1828.

The larger chapel, built in 1892

The church grew to such an extent that very soon “Capel y To Gwellt” became too small and it was decided to build a larger chapel nearby in 1842 and it became known as “Moria”. This is the present schoolroom. It is interesting to see the date stone at the back of the schoolroom and also to note that the name of the chapel in those days did not have a “h” at the end. A gallery was added to the building in 1849 and before long a house was attached to the chapel. Traces of the house can still be seen on the schoolroom wall.

Painting of the schoolroom and chapel house
Painting of the schoolroom and chapel house

The first tenants of the chapel house were the family of Margaret Lewis. Her son David became an elder of Moriah.

The membership of Moriah increased to 100 in 1873 - the year that Henry and Hannah Roberts, joined the church. Five years later, in 1878, their son Evan was born.

Henry and Hannah Roberts
Henry and Hannah Roberts

The church continued to grow and it was necessary to demolish the house and build a larger building at a cost of £1,700 in 1898. The first service was held in July 1899 and the minister, Rev Daniel Jones, preached the first sermon from 1 Kings 8:23 “The Lord our God be with us, as he was with our fathers; let him not leave us, nor forsake us.” He could not have imagined the amazing way in which God would bless the Church just five years later through a young man who was a member of Moriah, Evan Roberts, the Revivalist.

Moriah – the main chapel
Moriah – the main chapel

Evan Roberts as a young man
Evan Roberts as a young man

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