Published Sunday, 15 September 2013
Years of simmering tensions have reached boiling point at the church. (© Presseye)
Protesters have staged a demonstration at Ballynahinch Congregational Church for the third week in a row.
The protests have been sparked over a dispute between some members of the church and its minister, Reverend George Speers.
Claims have been made that the minister has acted in a "dictatorial" way.
However, Rev Speers and his supports have refuted the claims and the minister has pledged to remain in his position.
The row has seen the church divided down the middle with many of its members saying there has been deep hurt caused by the division.
Three weeks ago there were heated scenes at the church as members of the congregation rose from their seats to heckle their minister and police were called to calm things down.
Police were again in attendance the following week when a group of protesters walked out of the morning service.
And again on Sunday a group walked out of the 11.30am service.
Those who walked out reconvened in a nearby hall for a meeting about the situation.
A large poster was also erected close to the church in the centre of the town bearing a quote from the book of Jeremiah.
"Woe be unto the pastors that destroy and scatter the sheep of my pasture! saith the Lord," It read.
A PSNI spokeswoman said police were again in attendance, however, there were no disturbances.
© UTV News