Excerpt from Facts and Figures About Church and Dissent in Wales
To pass from numbers to finance, I find from the same official authority that the total sum collected by the whole Welsh Methodist body in 1884, was in 1885, and in 1886, Here again the decrease in receipts is regular and serious. The receipts for 1878 were actually larger than in 1886. But the most remarkable fact recorded in the official year-book is the rapid growth of the debt on the chapels. In the year 1878 the chapel debt was in 1881, and in 1886, The sum of money devoted to paying off the chapel debt in 1878 was and this sum has been steadily decreasing until, in 1886, only was given to this purpose - that is to say, that while the chapel debt has been increasing rapidly, the annual contributions towards its liquidation have decreased as rapidly.
To summarize, the statements published and authorized by the Methodist body themselves prove that the number of communicants annually admitted and the total annual receipts of money have both steadily decreased, while the chapel debt has grown into what their own Moderator described as a terrible difficulty.
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