Skip to comments.PSNI storm Co Down church after furious protests against minister
Posted on 09/03/2013 12:02:23 AM PDT by Morgana
Police had to storm into a church to break up an angry protest staged by part of a congregation demonstrating against their minister.
At one stage officers had to stop a man trying to pull the power plug to the church organ.
Tensions between two groups within the Ballynahinch Congregational Church reached breaking point during angry scenes yesterday.
The dramatic climax in the evening service came amid a furious row between some members of a congregation and Rev George Speers.
Years of underlying issues came to a head at both the morning and evening service in the rural church in Co Down yesterday.
Around 70 members were in attendance at the evangelical church on the Dromore Road when Rev Speers was heckled from the pews.
For the second time that day, just as his sermon began, around 40 church members left their seats and began to shout at the minister.
The fury was echoed by stamping of feet and singing of "We shall not be moved."
(Excerpt) Read more at belfasttelegraph.co.uk ...
Any FReepers have more information as to what this is about?
One of the children in the congregation crawled up on the floor and placed sheet music on the organ. It was Inna-Gadda-Da-Vida, which the organist promptly began playing.
Shocking!! Did they shoot his dog?
This is about Rev Speers having been removed from his post by members, 55-0 at a meeting.
“The trustee, Samuel Graham, said churchgoers are divided in support of the Reverend.
“The majority of folk here have had enough and they voiced their opinion at the front of the church for the removal of the minister,” Mr Graham told UTV.
“He’s the former minister because he has been removed, 55 people attended a meeting and George Speers got no votes to remain as minister.”
Speers and his supporters say the vote was not ‘constitutional’.
What I don’t get is why some want him gone and why others want him to stay?
the Bally Congos are reliving their glory days when they vandalized Anglican churches way on down south, London town.
Yeah, I laughed so hard, I almost broke into tears.
You found the article and posted it. I was hoping that you'd tell us!
I think it’s rather obvious.
Kind of a nice bird reporting in front of the church.
Thanks for the pick-me-up.