A protest against the minister of Ballynahinch Congregational Church by some members of his flock passed off peacefully this morning.
Last Sunday there were extraordinary scenes inside the church as police officers attempted to keep calm, while some members attempted to shout down Rev George Speers as he preached.
This morning there were two police officers present in the church entrance hall but events were much calmer.
As the church service began around 60 people arose and exited from their seats and went home.
Protestors read a short statement to the gathered media, in which they reiterated claims that Rev Speers had been voted out of office in June 2012.
“The main reason for this was his dictatorial methods and their nonadherence to congregationalism,” they said.
The protestors claimed that nonmembers had been drafted in this morning from as far afield as Banbridge and Belfast though other church members said that there were less than six visitors.
Inside, Rev Speers preached a sermon to over 100 people on how righteousness in the lives of Christians should lead to “honour, peace and fellowship”.
Rev Speers declined to make any comment to the media today but in a statement issued on Friday he challenged the story being presented to the media by protestors.
See tomorrow’s News Letter for a full report.