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-Welcome to a programme
-..at interviews from this series.
-Welcome to Dechrau Canu,
-# Soli Deo gloria
-# Soli Deo gloria
-# Soli Deo gloria #
-In this programme,
-Alwyn goes back to Sunday School.
-We meet a lively character
-..and a cricketer who is also
-a deacon at Capel y Cysegr, Bethel.
-Our first hymn
-comes from Capel Mair, Cardigan.
-This is Iesu Cyfaill F' Enaid I,
-sung to the hymn tune Aberystwyth.
-When we recorded the programme
-in Capel Seion, Llanrwst...
-went back to Sunday School...
-..in the company of
-teacher Gwenda Jones.
-Who is this?
-Who is it?
-Who is it?
-Jesus, OK. We'll forget about
-this person for now.
-This is obviously
-a lively Sunday School.
-Your teaching experience
-must be a great help.
-I was a secondary school teacher...
-..but I raised five children so
-I'm used to dealing with children.
-I like working with children.
-How difficult is it to maintain the
-interest of children at this age?
-They need a variety of activities
-including stories and puzzles.
-We act, sing, and do handicrafts.
-Sometimes we have a change and
-do colouring. They like colouring.
-We have a cuppa and a biscuit at the
-end, for the children and mothers.
-That always goes down well.
-The support of the parents
-must be important.
-They are fantastic.
-They support us 100%.
-We also have Messy Church
-every so often.
-They attend that and it's great.
-What about the youth club you run...
-..for children between
-the ages of 11 and 14?
-Most of them don't go to church.
-Some attend other churches.
-Although many of them do not attend
-chapels or churches...
-..they like to come
-here on two Sundays every month.
-We play games.
-The minister asks for five minutes
-of quiet for everyone to ponder.
-We discuss Jesus
-and share experiences and stories.
-They always listen intently.
-At the end we share a meal.
-I cook for them with help
-from some of them or somebody else.
-They enjoy it.
-You've retired from teaching.
-You don't have to do this.
-What pleasure does it give you?
-What pleasure does it give you?
-I really enjoy it.
-I missed working with secondary
-I was a biology teacher.
-I taught in Sunday School
-I was at the Sunday School
-in Heol Scotland...
-..with good old-fashioned teachers.
-There wasn't much colouring-in...
-..just picture books
-with Jesus in a boat.
-We're all familiar
-with those pictures.
-For years we couldn't hang pictures
-on the chapel walls...
-..but now we can put up pictures.
-We have work the children
-have done for the cymanfa.
-We make it as colourful as we can.
-We can decorate this room
-as we like, which is great.
-Thank you, Gwenda.
-..we met one of Capel Bethania's
-oldest members, Mary Williams.
-She's a bit of a character.
-How long have you been a member?
-Were you baptized in the chapel?
-Yes, that's right.
-I'm 93 years old.
-I must say that everything
-of any significance...
-..has happened to me
-within the chapel walls.
-I was able to earn
-my living near my home...
-..before and after I got married...
-..so I stayed where I was.
-What pleasure do you get
-from attending Bethania?
-It did us no harm
-to attend services regularly.
-It did no harm to our children
-At that time, the whole family
-would come to worship.
-Preachers used to come
-from all over the world.
-Who were the great preachers
-at that time?
-Reverend Morgan Mainwaring.
-He came very often.
-I remember one
-who was very old-fashioned...
-- do you remember the name?
-No, I don't.
-They would come for
-a Good Friday preaching festival.
-It did us no harm to go
-and listen to these people.
-They truly lifted you
-to the heavens.
-I think that every pulpit in Wales
-have been heard from them.
-Between Sundays, it's surprising
-how often one has the chance...
-..to discuss religious matters.
-The general opinion amongst
-the Welsh and the English...
-..is that we need...
-..an outpouring of the holy spirit
-over the nation...
-..and possibly over the whole world,
-the way things are going.
-I'm sure a lot of people have asked
-you this question.
-What is the secret of long life?
-Live one day at a time...
-..and count your blessings.
-While we were at Capel y Cysegr,
-..we had the chance to visit Bangor
-Cricket Club to meet a life member.
-You're a deacon in the chapel...
-..but you also spend a lot of your
-time here on the cricket field.
-This is my front garden.
-I began as a small child.
-I played my first game at 12
-and my last game at 57 years old.
-I played over 1,000 games,
-so it's like coming home.
-You cut the grass here,
-which must be a lot of work.
-Yes, three times a week.
-That's how often it gets a haircut.
-I also roll it,
-if it's a big game.
-This is the Lord's of the north,
-without a doubt.
-This is the place.
-We'd never move from here.
-You can't take
-those mountains with you.
-Sometimes, I'm on the tractor
-in a storm, sometimes in sunshine.
-But the mountains are always there.
-It's not unlike faith,
-it's somewhere to turn to.
-I've done it myself.
-I've often come here by myself...
-..when the dark clouds gather,
-as they have over recent months.
-I can be myself here.
-Me and this place.
-You had a serious illness of late.
-How did you cope with it?
-To think that it was
-my first time in hospital.
-Having a cancerous tumour
-removed at Christie's.
-It was an atmosphere
-where people were truly suffering.
-But they also pulled together,
-with a special faith.
-People can put their lives
-in the hands of others.
-That's the most significant fact,
-So far, I've enjoyed good health.
-This place is my therapy.
-Being here on my own.
-Sometimes, Alwyn, if you came here
-with a hidden microphone...
-..you'd hear the hymn tune Rhys
-being sung on the tractor.
-Do you perhaps think of this place
-as an extension of your chapel?
-Yes, it's very similar.
-I got my first century here.
-I remember some games here
-just as I remember some services.
-I prepare this place for others.
-Many Christians do the same.
-I was honoured, a year ago now,
-to be bestowed with life membership.
-That's what every Christian is
-- a life member.
-You're a chaired and crowned poet.
-Does the muse strike
-when you ride the tractor here?
-One englyn comes to mind.
-I wanted to write it
-for my grandson, Illtud Gwernydd.
-Gwernydd is an area of Bethesda
-at the foot of the Carneddau.
-This is what came to me.
-you'll always see the slopes
-"In the sunshine of your years
-"Roam upon them beyond Gwernydd
-and walk freely on the Carneddau."
-Those slopes face every Christian.
-We walk those slopes, knowing
-that someone's holding our hand.
-Someday, we'll all see the light
-at the top of the mountain.
-I hope you enjoyed revisiting...
-..a few of the characters
-we met during the series.
-We've come to our final hymn,
-from Bethania Chapel, Ruthin.
-To the hymn tune Malvern...
-"O! Tyred, Arglwydd Mawr
-"Dihidla o'r nef i lawr
-From all of us, goodbye.
-S4C Subtitles by Testun Cyf.
Cyfle i ail fwynhau rhai o'r cyfweliadau sydd wedi ymddangos yn y gyfres bresennol. A look back at some of the interviews featured in the present series with hymns from around Wales.