Published Sunday, 08 September 2013
Around 50 people left a packed Ballynahinch Congregational as the Reverend George Speers took to the pulpit for the morning service.
Outside his opponents, led by trustee Sammy Graham, read a statement alleging that Rev Speers is acting in a "dictatorial" way and has been voted out by the congregation.
The minister and his supporters have refuted these claims.
Police continued to monitor the Dromore Road church as the service continued, both outside the building and with one officer inside - but there was none of the shouting and anger of last week.
Churchgoers on both sides said they are "deeply upset" over what's happening.
UTV reporter Judith Hill described how events unfolded.
"Churchgoers at Ballynahinch Congregational arrived as normal but after last week's angry protests police are monitoring the situation," she said.
"At 11.30am the church was packed but as Rev Speers entered the pulpit over 50 people opposed to him staged a walkout. He waited in silence as they left."
There were heated scenes at the church last Sunday as members of the congregation rose from their seats to heckle their minister.
Police had to be called to calm things down, with the minister trying to continue speaking through a megaphone as the crowd shouted and jeered.
At one point a man tried to pull the plug on the church organ.
A church trustee had to be removed from the building and police are aware of an allegation that someone was head-butted, as years of simmering tensions boiled over into angry protest.
Rev Speers, who has been there for seven years, has issued a statement saying he plans to continue in his role, while support for him remains divided.
He said: "I will not be deterred from preaching the gospel by the illegal actions of a group of protesters. By their actions they have violated all that scripture teaches about worship and have denied others the fundamental liberty to worship without interference.
"I have been greatly encouraged by the messages of support given to me by members of my congregation, Ministers from various denominations and members of the general public.
"In obedience to God's will and with His help I intend to continue to fulfil my calling as minister of Ballynahinch Congregational Church."
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