The Free Presbyterian Church of Ulster is moving forward. Congregations were formed last year in Australia and Canada. Now a congregation in Greenville, S. Carolina, has applied and has been accepted by the General Presbytery of Ulster.

The congregation known as Faith Presbyterian Church is made up of people who originally seceded from the Southern Presbyterian Church and have for sometime been completely independent.

They own a valuable property with ample room for expansion.

Dr. Paisley was put into touch with the congregation by his good friend Dr. Bob Jones.

On a recent visit to Bob Jones University, Dr. Paisley was contacted by the Kirk Session of the church. After a formal meeting of the Kirk Session a meeting was convened which Dr. Paisley addressed. At that meeting the Principles and Practices of the Free Presbyterian Church were explained. As a result the Kirk Session unanimously resolved to recommend to a formal church meeting that they petition the General Presbytery of the Church to be constituted as a congregation.

The petition was unanimously upheld at the May Presbytery meeting in Dungannon.

Rev. David McIlveen has gone out to the USA for three months to fill the pulpit of the new congregation and to arrange for the official constitution of the same. Mr. McIlveen preached to a full church at his first services there on Lord's Day, 5th of June. Pray for our brother. Dr. Bob Jones III, was present at the opening service.

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The Numbers of Scripture: A Sermon preached by DR. IAN R. K. PAISLEY

We start off with the proposition that the Bible is a Divine Book. 2 Peter chapter one and verse twenty-one, "For the prophecy come not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Ghost." So the Bible is a Divine Book, and the men that wrote it were motivated and inspired by the Spirit of God.

When you open the Bible you are immediately introduced to a peculiar and special terminology, "God said," and also to a similar parallel terminology, "Thus saith the Lord." In the Old Testament Scriptures alone those expressions "God said" and "Thus saith the Lord" occur l,904 times. So 1,904 times in the Old Testament we have the strong, dogmatic, impregnable affirmation that the Bible is a Divine Book. Now everything about the Bible has the mark of this supernatural Divinity.


The Bible is a Book of history, but its history has a Divine significance. It states infallibly historical facts but those historical facts are linked to Divine Truth. For instance we have summarised by Paul what the Gospel is in I Corinthians chapter 15. He says, "Moreover brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died." Now that is history. That is historical fact. "Christ died." But here is the Divine theology. "Christ died for our sins."

His death was substitutionary, and it had a distinct and unique relationship to my sin. So an historical fact is linked to the fact of my sin in the purpose of God. And although He died before I was born, before I ever committed a sin, or a misdemeanour in God's eyes, all my sins, Hallelujah, were laid on Jesus the Spotless Lamb of God. Now that is a Divine truth, and that truth could not be attained or known by human endeavour. It could only be obtained [3] or known by Divine revelation. Only God can reveal that.

Look at it again, "that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day." That is an historical fact. But here is the Divine truth, "according to the Scriptures." What did He rise again for? He was delivered to the cross for our offences. He was raised again for our justification. The word, "for" there has the meaning "because of." (When a person is arrested "for" murder he is arrested because he has committed a crime). Jesus Christ was delivered to the cross because of our offences. He was raised again because of our justification. Why? Because He had settled the debt. It was all paid, so there was nothing which could hold Him in the tomb. Death, judgment, held Him there until the whole debt was utterly discharged and was accepted by God in Heaven. And then, thank God, He was raised from the dead.

So we will discover that everything about the Bible has a supernatural and Divine meaning.


For instance, you will discover the families of the Bible all have a Divine meaning. For instance, the firstborn was Cain. Now the firstborn of fallen flesh always has a curse upon it. The first birth is always a natural birth. So Cain speaks to me of my natural birth. Of course, he was a real man. He was the firstborn of Adam and Eve.

But the second birth was Abel. Note carefully the difference between the firstborn and the second born. The firstborn was of the earth earthy like Adam. The second born was the man of God. All through the Bible you will get this second birth principle. The firstborn of Abraham was Ishmael the child of the flesh. The second born of Abraham was Isaac.. He was the firstborn of Sarah, but he was the second born of Abraham. He was the child of promise. Esau and Jacob. Esau was the firstborn. The curse was on him. Jacob was the second born. He was the person that was blessed. So history, person, family, nation, all have a spiritual significance.

The Bible is different from any other book. Anybody that tells you that the Bible is a fairy-tale, a myth, and historically inaccurate is a fool because there is a wisdom here which only the Spirit of God can reveal. And thank God it is not revealed to the wise and prudent but is revealed unto babes, that is those who have had a second birth.

The first essential to Bible [4] study is to be born again. Get your eyes opened and you are able to understand the Scriptures.

It is true that everything about the Bible is marked with supernatural Divinity. It is therefore also true of the numbers of the Bible. The numbers of the Bible have a supernatural Divinity about them.


In all the work of God there is supernatural design..

The story is told of Napoleon on his way to conquer Egypt. He overheard some of his officers, in the ship's cabin, arguing that there was no God. At the end of the debate they passed the resolution that I they were satisfied that there was no God. The great Napoleon took them out onto the deck. It was a dark night but the stars were there in the brilliance in the heavens. He pointed up to the stars and he said, "Gentlemen, who made these? There must have been someone strong enough, with wisdom, with power enough to make those stars in the heavens. Who made the stars?"


In the Bible the making of the star occupies just a couple of words. I have often pondered that! Turn to Genesis chapter one and in verse sixteen (This is all you are told about the making of the stars). It says, "He made the stars also." If you look carefully at that verse you will find the words, "He made," are in italics. That means they are not in the original Hebrew. So all the original Scriptures say, "the stars also." In three words, two words in the Hebrew, "the stars also." That is how God talks about the making of the stars.

When man puts a few tons of a satellite into space, he talks about the great achievement. But God has rolled planets, and constellations, and stars into space from the beginning of time and He just says, "the stars also." It is nothing to the Omnipotent God the making of the stars.

Turn to Isaiah chapter forty and verse twelve. There you will find something about the design of creation, "Who hath measured the waters in the hollow of his hand, and meted out heaven with the span, and comprehended the dust of the earth in a measure, and weighed the mountains in scales, and the hills in a balance?" We have a balanced universe. The very dust of the earth is measured by God. The very waters of the sea He measured in the hollow of His hand. We live in a balanced, [5] ordered, carefully designed and carefully provided for world. Who made it? God made it.

Again in the making of the world, turn over to Psalm 111 :2, the Psalmist says "The works of the Lord are great, sought out of all them that have pleasure therein." Great are the works of God. There is a supernatural design in them. In Psalm 18 and verse 30, we read, "As for God, His way is perfect." The ways of God in His works are all perfect.

While it is true that the work of God has a supernatural design upon it, it is also true about the Word of God. The Word of God is supernaturally designed. You will find in Psalm 19 and verse seven, "The law of the Lord is perfect." So the way of the Lord is perfect, and the low of the Lord is perfect. His works are perfect.


Let me make some suggestions. Take the field of chronology, the measurement of time. We know there are seven days in each week. That is God's measurement, seven days in each week. We know that in the Old Testament the seventh month to the Hebrew people was a special month of sacred worship. We also know that the seventh year was a Sabbatical year or rest year. While they laboured for six years the land had to rest on the seventh year. We also learn in Leviticus chapter twenty-five (Which is very well worth noting in your Bible) and verse four, a very interesting thing "But in the seventh year shall be a sabbath of rest unto the land, a sabbath for the Lord: thou shalt neither sow thy field, nor prune thy vineyard." And then in verse eight, "And thou shalt number seven sabbaths of years unto thee, seven times seven." And that 49th year was to be the year of jubilee. Verse nine, "Then shalt thou cause the trumpet of jubilee to sound on the tenth day of the seventh month, in the day of atonement." So the seventh day was sacred, and the seventh month was sacred, and the seventh year was sacred, and seven times seven was sacred. So seven is an important number chronologically in the measurement of time according to God's standard. Of course when we come to a study in the Word of God you will find the basic number in the Bible is the number seven. We will come to that. There, is, bound to be, a parallel in God's numbers, in creation and God's numbers in this Book.


There are many other things I could talk; about in this [6] connection. We could take music. I do not profess to know much about it, but I know there are just seven notes, and when you get to the eighth note you have the octave which is, the first note repeated in higher key. Seven notes are all the music. Every piece of music is a variation of those seven notes. Why? Because God's universe is based on seven, the number of perfection.

There are only seven colours in the world, seven basic colours. Every other colour comes from one of those seven colours.

We find when we view creation it is very simple that there is a number seven. So we should look for the number seven in the Bible, and find out what the Bible has to say about the number seven.


Take the number three. Now if you want to find out the capacity of any building you need three numbers. You need its length. You need its breadth and its height. You multiply those three numbers and you have cubic measurement or the fulness of this building. Of course, when you turn to the Bible you will find that three is the number of fulness. So there is a relationship between God's creation and its numbers, and this Bible and its numbers. I do not want to develop that further. I leave it with you. You can think about it and you will find many illustrations of it.


Let me come to Daniel eight and verse thirteen. This is a very interesting portion of the prophetic Scriptures. At verse thirteen of Daniel chapter eight we read, "Then I heard one saint speaking, and another saint said unto that certain saint which spoke." If you look at that very carefully, you will find that the word "saint" is not in the original. "Unto that certain which spoke." You will also find a little letter in your Bible at that word "certain" referring you to the margin. If you have an Authorised Version you will find that the marginal reading is "The numberer of secrets, or the wonderful numberer."

Here we have an angel of God and the business of that angel, his celestial task, has to do with numbers. He is the Lord's mathematician. He does the arithmetic of heaven. Oh yes, there is such a thing as heavenly arithmetic. Here is the angel who does the sums. He is God's celestial calculator and he is called the "wonderful numberer" the "Palmoni" in the Hebrew. You will carefully [7] notice that he numbers secrets. That is what he handles. That is what he traffics in. He traffics in secrets.

Can I learn what these secrets are? Yes I can! And that is what this Bible is. This Bible is a Book of secrets. That is what it is. In Psalm 25, the Lord has something to tell us about secrets. "The secret of the Lord is with them that fear Him; and He will shew them His covenant" (Psalm 25:14). So these secret things are in this Book. If I can study this Book aright I will find out the key to the numbers of this Book and I will be finding the key to God's secret chamber. I tell you, when you get a glimpse and grasp of this key this Book will become a new Book. It will become a living Book. It will become a mysterious Book but its mysteries will be revealed to the one who gets this key.


There is a wonderful use of numbers in the Word of God. You do not come very far in the Bible, in fact only to the fifth verse when you get the first number in Scripture, "The evening and the morning were the first day." (Genesis I.-5). There is a whole Book in the Bible called the Book of Numbers.

You know what you do when you come to the Book of Numbers, you skip over all the long list of names, do you not? You say, "Well, I am not interested in those fellows. I do not know why the Lord puts so many of them in there. I will just skip over them."

I remember Mr. Nicholson once. I heard him reading a portion of Scripture. He came to all these names and he just said "Hallelujah," and skipped them all and went down the chapter. But you know, every one of those names are important. God did not put them there without a purpose. The Book of Numbers should be studied.

There are Books called First and Second Chronicles and they have great lists too that need to be studied. But to the average believer all those portions of Scripture are all locked up. They have never been opened by the wonderful key of knowledge and numbers which is in the Bible.


There are some Scriptures I would like to leave with you tonight as we finish this first meditation in numbers. The first one is over in Revelation chapter 13 and verse 18, "Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: [8] for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six." And you will notice that the "and," there is also in italics "Six hundred threescore six" or "666." Now let us look at this. It says, "Let him that hath understanding" So if you have not got understanding you will not be able to do anything with this number. "Let him that hath understanding count." It does not say, "Let him that hath understanding explain the number of the beast."" It does not say, "Let him that hath understanding meditate upon the name of the beast." It says, "Let him that hath understanding count." So when you go to the Bible you have got to start counting. Yes and until you know how to count in a Biblical manner, and have learned ' the elements of heavenly arithmetic and Biblical mathematics, you will never really get a grasp of the secrets of God's Word. You have to count the number of the beast. (We will come back to that in our study).


Let us turn over to Psalm 147 and verse 4. "He telleth the number of the stars; He calleth them all their names." There is not a human being who has ever numbered the stars. But God has numbered the stars. And God calleth every star by its name. God is interested in numbers.

Turn back to Isaiah chapter 40, that great chapter. I am just leaving these Scriptures with you so that you can meditate upon them. And the more you meditate upon them the more you will see the significance of Biblical numbers. We are looking at the twenty-fifth verse now of Isaiah chapter forty, "To whom then will ye liken me, or shall I be equal? Saith the Holy One. Lift up your eyes on high, and behold who hath created these things, that bringeth out their host by number: He calleth them all by names by the greatness of His might, for that He is strong in power; not one faileth." Again we have this very important emphasis on the fact that the Lord God deals in numbers.


Turn over to Isaiah chapter 53. I think it is one of the most interesting passages in God's Word. In verse 12 we read, "Therefore will I divide Him a portion with the great, and He shall divide the spoil with the strong: because He hath poured out His soul unto death: (Notice it) and He was numbered with the transgressors." Let me tell you, every great act in the life of Christ has a special [9] number at it. Now you have to dig deep when you come to this subject. Let me tell you, the Lord says of Christ from the cross, "He was numbered with the transgressors."

When you go to jail (I have been in jail twice as you know) you get a number. That number is put up over your door, and when you are getting any letters sent to you the number has to be put on the correspondence. You are numbered with the transgressors.

Thank God the Lord was numbered with us. Thank God He went to the cross for me. Thank God He died the death for me. He was numbered with the transgressors.


Then there is something else. I have told you that the Lord counts. The Lord is a counter. He numbered His Son with the transgressors. Turn over to Matthew, chapter 10 and verse 30, "But the very hairs of your head are all numbered." The Lord not only counted His Son, numbering Him with the transgressors, but the Lord numbers the very hairs of our head.

Over in the Book of Job He also numbers our steps. Now we are told that every person who lives just a normal life, walks at least five miles every day. You do not think you do that, but that is what you do. Do you know how many steps there are in five miles? Ten thousand steps. Every step you took today, the Lord counted it. You did not take one step, and you might have thought it was a very unimportant step, but the Lord counted them all. He has a record of how many steps I have taken today. The Lord works up the numbers. And If we are the Lord's people we should work at the numbers.


I tell you what else the Lord does. He counts your money. Do you know that? The Lord counts your money. And He knows how much you give and how much you keep. Yes! Let me turn over to Mark's Gospel. I never thought on this before. Mark 12:42, "And there come a certain poor widow, and she threw in two mites, which makes a farthing. And He called unto Him His disciples, and saith unto them, Verily, I say unto you, That this poor widow hath cast more in than all they which have cast into the treasury." (Now He counted all that they put in). "For all they did cost in of their abundance: but she of her want did cast in all that she had, even all her living." So He counted how much she had. She had two mites, and when she put them in He out [10] it on the Divine Record, and He counted what she had left. She had nothing left. So the Lord counts what we give to Him.

We read also that some day He is going to make up His jewels. He is going to count up His jewels.

Turn over to Psalm 87, and you will find there that the Lord counts His people. Psalm 87:6, "The Lord shall count, when He writeth up the people, that this man was born there." So the Lord counts. He is a numberer.

As I have said before, if we are His children, we should take a delight in heavenly arithmetic, Biblical mathematics, and that we should know how to do addition, subtraction and division in heavenly numbers.


I trust that this lesson tonight which is introductory, will be a blessing to you. I trust you will see wonderful things in this Bible, and that when you read the Bible tomorrow you will start counting. I tell you what, when you get a whole list of things in the Bible, like the "fruit of the Spirit" or "the lusts of the flesh," count how many are in those lists and you will find if there are more than ten, that the tenth one is always very important. You just have a look at that. Sometime again I will show you something about some of these lists of things which are in the Word of God.

The Bible is a wonderful Book. I believe it more every day. I am more convinced it is the Word of God, tonight, than I have ever been in my life. I have learned two things every day I come to this Book, 1. my own utter ignorance and, 2. the Almighty wisdom of God. You are always learning when you come to the Word of God. May God make us lovers of the Word.

It was said of the early Methodists, "They were not book worms. They were Bible worms." They devoured the Word.

We read about the person who was handed the Book and he was told to eat it. Well, I trust that we will have healthy -appetites to devour the Word of God. For if we get it into our hearts we will not sin against God.


The Charismatic Movement and the Lord's Table

Over the past number of years there has been the introduction to religious circles of the Charismatic Movement (or the Charismatic Renewal as many within its grip prefer it to be called). To many people there is great confusion about this movement which undoubtedly has captured the lives of not a few unsuspecting people. In fact it is alarming to discover that many ministers who were considered to be evangelical in their preaching are now among some of the strongest advocates of this unbiblical movement.

There are many aspects of the Charismatic Movement that cannot stand in the light of God's precious and unchangeable Word. For example, a young man who received a degree at Dublin University testifies, "THE FACT THAT I WAS BORN AND REARED A CATHOLIC PRETTY EFFECTIVELY RULED OUT A ROAD TO DAMASCUS TYPE CONVERSION. INSTEAD I HAVE GONE THROUGH A PROCESS OF RENEWAL, CHARISMATIC RENEWAL. A PERIOD OF EVOLUTION INTO CHRIST." (The Charismatic Renewal and the Irish Experience page 109). This so-called renewal or evolution into Christ is clearly a case of a young man being deluded and blinded by the Devil. God's Word emphatically states that, ""EXCEPT YE REPENT YE SHALL ALL LIKEWISE PERISH" (Luke chapter 13 verse 3).

Another example is of a young couple who also testify of a Charismatic Experience. They say, since they have received this renewal that, "We won't to go to confession, maybe once every three months, we have our own priests to whom we confess, and we prepare well and deeply for confession and we want our priests to give absolution" (Page 107 of CR & I. Exp.).

Again the deception of the Devil is all too evidently seen for the Bible says, "There is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus." I Timothy ch. 2 verse 5, not a priest, pastor or pope.

These examples only serve to highlight the terrible danger that confronts those who, captivated by the Devil's power are turned aside from the only way of Salvation, through a personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.

For those who profess to know the Lord Jesus Christ as their own and personal Saviour it is [12] necessary that we now consider the very important and God inspired aspect of the Lord's Table. For if the foundation is wrong, as we have sought to show you, then the whole structure will undoubtedly collapse. It is the dishonour that is brought to the Lord's great Name that we must expose and condemn without fear or favour.

In the Charismatic Prayer groups encouragement is given for its members to meet for the Breaking of Bread. They feel that such participation is a seal of the unity that is growing among them in Christ. However this encouragement is tempered with certain conditions. The Roman Catholic is advised against defiance of any Church order fearing lest widespread division would take place in the church.

Likewise the non-Catholic members are exhorted to obey the rules of their Church. This advice has clearly led to much confusion within the ranks of the Charismatic Movement, for many Presbyterian ministers for example have signed at ordination their agreement with the Westminster Confession of Faith which states, "That the popish sacrifice of the mass is most abominably injurious to Christ's only sacrifice, the alone propitiation for all the sins of the Elect." to avoid any offence and to promote a man inspired unity the Charismatic Movement turns to the report of the Joint Liturgical Group (JLG) which was set up to explore means of bringing the movement for liturgical revision in certain churches closer together. The JLG represents Anglicans, Baptists, Methodists, Presbyterians, Roman Catholics and United Reformed churchmen. (The Charismatic Prayer Group, ch. 8, page I 1 9).

In their report the JLG point out that a eucharist is in two parts a service of the Word of God and a celebration of the Supper. They suggest that the service of the Word of God consists of the reading of Scripture, the sermon and the intercession. While the celebration of the Supper consists of a taking of bread and wine, a Prayer of thanksgiving, a breaking of bread and Communion. To most people this instruction may seem to be very inoffensive but in the report they conveniently leave out any confession of sin. However the Devil always over steps himself and the Charismatic Movement falls into his trap. In acknowledging the necessity for some kind of confession they emphasise the need for penitence in their Prayer Groups but point out that if an act of penitence has not b en ' ode spontaneously by the group 'before the service of the @supper, the leader can suggest [13] that the group recites one of the formal confessions before the prayer of thanksgiving or before receiving communion. While this guide line is acceptable to every Roman Catholic it surely should be repulsive to a person who professes to know the Lord Jesus as their own and personal Saviour. For the blessed Master said, "When ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking." But the Charismatic Prayer Group are not tied to the report of the JLG, they are encouraged to "experiment" and can use for their assistance the new liturgies authorised for trial use in the Episcopal Church of the USA. Note that these New Liturgies are only for a "trial period." How different to the inspired words of the Apostle Paul, "For I have received of the 'Lord that which also I delivered unto you" (1st Corinthians ch. 11, verse 23). I here was no "trial period" for the Apostle, no changing of his message to suit the people. No, his was God's message and therefore it was and is unchangeable. It is a revelation of their blindness when the Charismatic Movement confesses to the need for experiment when they meet for "Breaking of Bread."

But in his book on The Charismatic Prayer Group, the Rev. John [13] Gunstone, Chaplain to the Barnabas Fellowship, Dorset, England, gives an outline for one of these "experiments." He suggests that the members of the group administer the Sacrament to one another. The celebrant, after administering the Sacrament to the person on his right or left, hands the paton to them and they administer the Bread to the person next to them. The wine is received by each individual approaching the table and administering the wine to himself or herself. The Rev. Gunstone then points out that after the administration the celebrant consumes what remains of the Sacrament (or asks others to do so if he has to drive after the meeting it is probably wise that he should not drink too much alcohol). Page 124.

And so the experiment is complete. It is surely evident that if the Charismatic Movement is prepared to experiment on their arrangements around the Lord's Table, that the whole exercise of this movement is one long experiment from beginning to end. An effort to unite the Churches under a scheme that the Devil has motivated with great effect and with disastrous consequences.

God says, "Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not her plagues" (Revelation 18:4). [14]

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The following communication from the Moderator was read at services.

29th May, 1977.

To the Kirk Session and Congregation of Faith Presbyterian Church

At a meeting of the General Presbytery of Ulster, held in 'Dungannon Free Presbyterian Church on Thursday, 19th May, the Rev. Dr. Ian R. K. Paisley, MP, Moderator presiding, your petition was received and deliberated upon.

After discussion it was resolved unanimously that the congregation known as Faith Presbyterian Church should be received as a congregation in full standing of the Free Presbyterian Church of Ulster and that the Rev. David McIlveen, who would be supplying the pulpit of the Church for the next three months, would be empowered by the Presbytery to make the necessary arrangements with the Kirk Session and congregation for a formal constitutional service. The Presbytery welcomes this new congregation from the great American Republic, and recommends that the congregation should in its title, have the words "Free Presbyterian" included. They commend to the Church their colleague, David McIlveen, and assure the members of Faith Presbyterian Church of their earnest prayers for a gracious, visitation of the Spirit of God upon the work.

"And now, Brethren, I commend
you to God, and to the Word of His Grace, which is able to build up, and to give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified."

Ian R. K. Paisley Acts 20:32. Moderator.

At the next meeting of the Presbytery the petition from Philadelphia will be acted upon. Pray for Divine Guidance. Great and effectual doors are opening but there are many adversaries. [15]

2,000 collected at opening of extension to Bethany

A large crowd filled the new Sunday School Hall to overflowing when -a new suite of rooms - a major extension to Bethany Free Presbyterian Church - was officially opened by Dr. Ian Paisley, MP, Moderator of the Presbytery of Ulster.

The new building, which has a spacious main hall, as well as 17 other rooms, will be used for midweek service in the church, as well as for a rapidly growing Sunday School and Bible Class, which had almost 300 in attendance the following Sunday morning.

The Rev. Kenneth Elliott, minister of the church, in welcoming the large crowd, some of who watched the service by closed circuit television relayed to the main church, said that the new building would be used to extend Christ's Kingdom.

The Rev. William McCrea, from Magherafelt, was the guest soloist and sang two pieces entitled "Here from the world we turn," and "The Old Fashioned Meeting."

Dr. Paisley was guest preacher and took for his subject a text "Is it well with the child?"

He said it was essential to get children converted early so that they could be saved from a life of sin in later years.

He emphasised that he believed in the conversion of children.

A special offering was taken, in which, along with gifts, amounted to over 2,000.

Tea was provided by the women of the congregation.