Volume VI
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Arrangement of Sections

1. Short title.

2. Interpretation.

3. Notice of election of trustees.

4. Mode of holding meeting. Mode of voting.

5. Vacancy of trustees.

6. Trustee resigning to render account.

7. Annual election of trustees.

8. Proceeding where no meeting is fixed.

9. Chairman of trustees.

10. Trustees may make by-laws.

11. Meetings of trustees.

12. Property vested in trustees.

13. Trustees to make arguments.

14. Trustees to appoint sittings.

15. Subscribers entitled to sittings.

16. Trustees to collect moneys.

17. Erection of monuments. No burial.

18. Appointment of auditor.

19. Trustees to account.

20. Trustees may accept lands.

21. The Presbyterian church (Kandy) Ordinance.


5 of 1864,

3 of 1883.

AN ORDINANCE to regulate the temporal affairs of churches, not provided for in the Episcopal Churches Ordinance.

[Date of Commencement: 24th October, 1864]

1. Short title.

This Ordinance may be cited as the Non-Episcopalian Churches Ordinance.

2. Interpretation.

For the purposes of this Ordinance, except when otherwise provided-the word "church” shall be construed to mean any place set apart for the purposes of Christian worship other than those referred to in the Episcopal Churches Ordinance; "the trustees” shall mean the trustees elected or appointed under the provisions of this Ordinance; and "the minister” shall mean the person usually officiating in such church and conducting the public worship therein.

3. Notice of election of trustees.

It shall be lawful for the minister or ministers of any church already erected, or for any five or more persons who shall have subscribed for the erection thereof, or who attend it for purposes of worship, or for the building committee or persons in charge of the building of any church proposed to be erected, or whilst the same is in course of erection, to fix a place and a day for holding a General Meeting in manner hereinafter appointed, giving notice thereof in three successive Gazettes:

Provided that if the church belong to or be vested in any person, society, or Corporation, no proceedings can be taken to bring the same within the operation of this Ordinance without the consent, previously obtained, of such person, society, or corporation; any proceeding taken without such consent shall be null and void.

4. Mode of holding meeting. Mode of voting.

Every meeting so convened shall be held at the time and place appointed, and at every such meeting it shall be lawful for the subscribers to any church not completed and used for public worship at the time such meeting is held, or for the seat holders or members of the congregation of the church, if the same shall then have been completed and used, to determine whether such church is to be brought within the provisions of this Ordinance, and, if this be decided in the affirmative, to elect three trustees:

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