However, discipline was very strict and members who were ab­sent from Communion services for six consecutive months had their membership suspended. Cases of misconduct were also discussed at Church Meetings. These cases make interesting reading and a few examples are worth recording: -

 “At a special Church Meeting on 15th February 1826 it was the painful duty of the Church to separate from its society John Fuicher who was committed to prison for robbery.”

 “At a Church Meeting in October 1829 the case of Mrs. Clarke of Higham was considered. She had long neglected the house and table of the Lord and made idle excuses for the same. It was thought proper to dismiss her from our society.”

 “At a Church Meeting on 27th April 1831 Abraham Banham who had been guilty of intoxication in a most public and flagrant manner was suspended for 12 months.”

 Then after 12 months suspension we read:-

 “At a Church Meeting on 27th April 1832, the conduct of Abraham Banham having been considered and be appearing to manifest sorrow for his past misconduct, it was agreed that he should be restored to Church fellowship.”

 However in August 1832 we read that :lt became necessary to expel Abraham Banham who bad again been found in a state of intoxication.”

 These are examples of the simpler cases of discipline. There are several very involved cases taking up two or three pages of evidence of members misdoings, but these are far too lengthy to record here.

 On 22nd July 1840, Rev. J. C. Fairfax, after some months probation, accepted an invitation to become Minister. He continued