Calvinistic Methodist or Presbyterian Church of Wales Act 1933

Publication Date:January 01, 1933


Calvinistic Methodist or Presbyterian Church of Wales Act 1933

(23 & 24 Geo. 5) c. xxxvii

An Act to amend the constitution of the Calvinistic Methodist Church of Wales or Presbyterian Church of Wales and to enlarge the powers of the Church and the objects of the trusts upon which property is held for the benefit of the Church to constitute and incorporate a body of trustees for the Church to vest in that body as custodian trustee certain trust properties held for the benefit of the Church and to authorise the future grant or transfer of property to that body as custodian trustee to provide for the management and administration of the said properties by managing trustees to regulate the proceedings of the said body and the said managing trustees and for other purposes.

[18th July 1933]

[23 & 24 Geo. 5.] Cahinistic Methodist [Oh. XXXVii.] or Presbyterian Church of Wales Act, 1933. CHAPTER xxxvii. An Act to amend the constitution of the Calvimstic A.r . 1933. Methodist Church of Wales or Presbyterian Church of Wales and to enlarge the powers of the Church and the objects of the trusts upon which property is held for the benefit of the Church to constitute and incorporate a body of trustees for the Church to vest in that body as custodian trustee certain trust properties held for the benefit of the Church and to authorise the future grant or transfer of property to that body as custodian trustee to provide for the management and administration of the said properties by managing trustees to regulate the proceedings of the said body and the said managing trustees and for other purposes. [18th July 1933.] W HEREAS the Church or Religious Denomination or Connexion which is now known as " the Calvinistic Methodist Church of Wales" or " the Presbyterian Church of Wales " (the one name being as regular as the other) and was formerly known as " the Welch Calvinistic Methodist Connexion" had its origin in the establishment and growth from the year 1735 onwards of certain religious societies in North and South Wales (and subsequently in England and elsewhere) which from the beginning were considered as [Price 4s. OU Net] A 1 [Ch. XXXViiJ Calvinistic Methodist [23 & 24 Geo, 5.J or Presbyterian Church of Wales Act, 1933. A,D, 1933. forming one entire body or connexion believing the ? same tenets or doctrines and governed by the same rules and regulations : And whereas in process of time the necessity arose for the more minute definition of the rules of the said Connexion on account of the enlargement of the Connexion and in order to preserve its union in consequence of which it was settled that a meeting called " the association " composed of ministers and preachers and leaders or elders of the several societies of and belonging to the Connexion should be held four times in every year and also that the ministers preachers and elders of each county in North and South Wales belonging to the Connexion should meet once a month in county monthly meetings (or presbyteries) at such place in the county as they should fix upon where all matters relating to the societies or churches in such county should be determined and that whatever matter could not be there decided upon should be reserved for the association : And whereas the Connexion adopted in 1801 rules relating to discipline and in 1813 rules relating to the method of ordination : And whereas in the year 1823 after finding the need for a statement of doctrine in lieu of the expression of doctrine previously used and after minute consideration by the Connexion throughout North Wales and South Wales and after discussion at the quarterly meetings of the association in North Wales and South Wales the Connexion through the association unanimously agreed to adopt and publish a confession of faith accompanied by documents entitled respectively "The method of ordination" "Rules of discipline " and " Constitution and Church government " : And whereas by the constitution and Church government so adopted in 1823 it was provided (inter aha) that any rule adopted by the Connexion might be altered or rescinded after discussion in at least two quarterly associations if the Connexion unanimously or a great majority thereof should be in favour of the alteration or rescission and it was further provided that every question discussed at a quarterly association might be decided by a majority of those present at the time but that it would be right that important questions of 2 [23 & 24 Geo. 5.] Calvinistic Methodist [Oh. XXXVliJ or Presbyterian Church of Wales Act, 1933. doctrine or discipline if there should be a great diversity A.D. 1933. of opinion concerning them should be discussed deliber- ately in several quarterly associations until by far the greater part of the Connexion should agree and otherwise the matter should be in part or altogether dropped : And whereas a deed poll (hereinafter referred to as "the constitutional deed") which was dated the tenth day of August one thousand eight hundred and twenty-six and enrolled in the High Court of Chancery on the eighth day of December one thousand eight hundred and twenty-six was made and published under the hands and seals of one hundred and fifty persons therein described as being ministers preachers elders or trustees nominated and appointed to execute the same at certain quarterly meetings or associations of the Connexion in August and September 1826 at which the same was previously read and approved and it was recited in the said constitutional deed (inter alia) that divers chapels with or without dwelling-houses situate in various parts of South and North Wales and certain parts of England and divers lands purchased or taken on lease and divers chapels meeting-houses schools and houses erected and built by and with the produce of subscriptions collections and donations (all which properties were enumerated and set forth or intended so to be in the second schedule to the constitutional deed) had been conveyed to trustees upon a variety of trusts but all intended to secure the said property for the use of the Welch Calvinistic Methodist Connexion and that further moneys and property might thereafter be given bequeathed conveyed and assured to and for the purposes of the said Connexion : And whereas it was further recited in the constitutional deed that it had been determined that for (amongst other objects) rendering more effectual the said several deeds or conveyances leases and agreements for assisting in the exposition of the trusts thereof for guiding and explaining the objects of future donations bequests conveyances and leases for the prevention of doubt or litigation and for the better and permanent exposition and record of the objects, of the said Connexion and of their confession of faith and of their rules regulations and discipline and of the qualifications and duties of all the different members elders preachers ministers and other officers therein the constitutional deed should be A 2 3 [Ch. xxxvii.] Calvinistic Methodist [23 & 24 Geo. 5.] or Presbyterian Church of Wales Act, 1933, A.D. 1933. prepared and executed by the one hundred and fifty persons aforesaid to the intent that they should thereby record explain and declare the name objects tenets or confession of faith general rules and fundamental regulations of the said Connexion to the intent and purpose that the same might not at any time or times thereafter be unknown or controverted and that the donations bequests or moneys which had been or might be given and bequeathed and the freehold copyhold or leasehold chapels meeting-houses schools and estates and all other properties which had been or might thereafter be granted assigned taken or conveyed to or by any trustees or other persons to or for the purposes of the said Connexion or any of the societies forming the same or which were declared to be held subject to the rules and regulations of the said Connexion might not be unrecovered unappropriated or misapplied : And whereas by the constitutional deed it was (inter alia) declared that the aforesaid associated societies in South Wales and North Wales and certam parts of England had been and should continue to be for ever thereafter considered as members of one general Connexion without any distinction whatsoever altogether forming one entire body and that the name and designation of the said associated societies had been and should for ever thereafter be " the Welch Calvinistic Methodist Connexion " and the object of the said Connexion was described and it was declared that the religious tenets or doctrines and principles of the said Connexion were contained in the confession of faith hereinbefore referred to which was set forth in a schedule to the deed : And whereas the constitutional deed further contained a series of rules adopted for regulating the affairs of the said Connexion and governing its membership meetings appointment of ministers preachers and elders building of chapels exercise of discipline and other matters of organisation : And whereas the said rules included (inter alia) rules providing that chapels or places of religious worship to be purchased or built for the said Connexion should be conveyed to trustees under trust deeds conformably to a plan or form to be approved by some quarterly association of the said Connexion for the purpose of securing 4 [23 & 24 Geo. 5.] Calvinistic Methodist [Gh. XXXVii.] or Presbyterian Church of Wales Act, 1933. their use as places of worship for the members of the A.D. 1933. said Connexion with preachers and ministers appointed and approved by the county monthly meetings (or presbyteries) and quarterly associations of the said Connexion and that the said county monthly meetings or quarterly associations should elect or approve the trustees and be entitled to nominate and elect new trustees in their place : And whereas by the ninth paragraph of article 8 of the constitutional deed provision was made (inter...

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