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Bethnal Green churchgoers seize control in High Court victory

PUBLISHED: 13:03 07 May 2010 | UPDATED: 15:59 05 October 2010

WORSHIPPERS at a church in London’s East End have won a High Court victory allowing them to take control of their congregation. Parishioners at The Bibleway in Bethnal Green had become estranged from their place of worship after a schism in the Pentecostal movement

WORSHIPPERS at a church in London's East End have won a High Court victory allowing them to take control of their congregation.

Parishioners at The Bibleway Church in Bethnal Green had become estranged from their place of worship after a schism in the Pentecostal movement in 1997.

This placed the congregation at odds with the people who were running their church.

Appeal judge Lord Justice Briggs ordered Bibleway, the group controlling the church, to hand over control to a trust which "reflects the congregation."

Bibleway had previously demanded £250,000 from the church to relinquish control.

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