SOME members of an Apostolic Church in St Catherine are up in arms after they were ordered by their pastor to sit in the back benches of the church.
The church members had attended a nine-night recently, after the pastor had instructed them not to.
During the praise and worship session of the service on Sunday, apostle Joan Mattis, who is also an attorney-at-law, instructed some of the members, who were sitting in what appeared to be their usual seats, to relocate.
Adorned in white, apostle Mattis strolled down the aisle and between benches while instructing select members to move to the back benches.
Some of them complied, but one woman, who is Mattis’s niece, did not budge. Instead, she insisted she had done nothing wrong and remained where she was.
In an apparent move to support the pastor, other members joined her as she stood next to her niece.
BY RACQUEL PORTER
Observer staff reporter