A Voice from the Pew

W J Stuart, Esq, FRSCE, Member of the Kirk Session of St Andrew’s Parish Church, Edinburgh

Mr Stuart urges that prayers be confined to five minutes, sermons to no more than twenty five. He dislikes the custom of children’s talks followed later by a sermon, favours an offering received at the church door, is dubious of services celebrating organisations or causes - “Keep out the laymen!” . He finds anthems too often exhibitionist, and believes that ministers could be spared much work if everyone accepted that the second service should be a repeat of the first, for those who had not been able to attend.

Volume 14 1943-44 (War-time Issue), p17
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