Libanus can trace its history back well over 300 years so we’ve been here a long time. There has been a church on its present site in Market Street for over 225 years. Here are some of the main events in that long history
1682 – a group of Christians started meeting at Tycoch an old thatched cottage on Bath Road Morriston.
1782 – saw Libanus Chapel built in Market Street, the first place of worship of any description in Morriston, and in 1857 the present chapel building was completed.
1859 – saw a time of growth and the decision was taken to build ,Tabernacle, a new chapel in Woodfield Steet, seating 1,450 people.
1872 – The language of Libanus to this date has been Welsh. However with an influx of English speakers to the area the original Libanus chapel in Market street was re-opened as an English speaking Congregational Church.
1907 – with the church growing, a new schoolroom was built to accommodate 300 children. The church was decimated by the second world war, with congregations, faith and vision diminishing. By the 1950’s, the church was in serious decline.
1962 – saw Rev. Neville Rees appointed pastor. The Bible was faithfully preached once more, and several meetings started or reformed. God blessed the ministry and the church started to grow again.1966/67 – the Church voted to affiliate to the Evangelical Fellowship of Congregational Churches (EFCC).
1970’, 80’s and 90’s – saw steady church growth, with activities and meetings for all ages with a desire to reach out to both the local community and the wider world with the Christian message.
1997 – the church bought the restaurant opposite, refurbished the building and opened it as Centrepoint which provided much more space and an opportunity to provide increased activities. Rev Neville Rees retired as Pastor in 2002.
2007– Rev Stuart Dainty was appointed as Pastor. The son of missionary parents, Stuart studied at Bridgend before pastoring Bethany Baptist Church in Gwent .
The Church today has not changed its beliefs about the Christian Faith based on the Bible, but has made many changes to its buildings, activities and practices as it seeks to reach the people of Morriston in the 21st century.