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Lisburn, Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland



Morning service from Lisburn Reformed Presbyterian Church
to be broadcast on Radio Ulster

The morning service on BBC Radio Ulster on Sunday 25th March at 10.15 am will be from Lisburn Reformed Presbyterian Church. The theme of the service will be "Freedom in Christ".

The preacher, Rev Robert McCollum, (minister of the congregation) will be making reference to the 200th anniversary of the 'Abolition of the Slave Trade Bill' which was made law by Act of Parliament on 25th March 1807. This Bill was the result of many years of work by a group of evangelical Christians spearheaded by MP for Hull, William Wilberforce's anti-slavery campaign. In this campaign he was ably supported by Church of England minister and former slave trader John Newton. In fact a film, 'Amazing Grace', commemorating this significant anniversary, is being released on Friday 23rd March.

Mr McCollum commenting recently said, 'Wilberforce was motivated by his evangelical faith. His campaigning work was not restricted to the issue of slavery. He was heavily involved in Bible distribution, evangelism and campaigned to protect Gospel freedom. He also helped set up schools for the poor and established dozens of Christian organisations.'