September 24, 2008

Chapel Cinema Wins Praise From Mayor

The Mayor of Lincoln, Coun Mrs E Cowan, gave civic recognition to Lincoln's first cinema-church at Portland Street Chapel on September 27, 1950.

The evening launched a new enterprise in film evangelism by the Aldersgate Methodist Circuit.

Presiding at the evening meeting in which two films - The Story of Han and Which Will Ye Have - were shown, the Mayor said: "I personally welcome this venture in view of the fact that so many children these days derive a vast amount of knowledge - by no means always of the best kind - through the cinema."

She added that the organisers recognised that Portland Street Chapel was situated in a thickly populated area where many families were uncaring or unhearing of the Christian faith.

She told a big congregation that because children did not know truth, respect or self-discipline, their values were all lopsided and so we had so much trouble which we all knew so much about in the juvenile courts.

The Mayor asserted that the influences which many children had were evil.

The Mayor wished the cinema every success with increasing demand.

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