During the 1960’s, in a landmark address at the large Easter Conference in the Grosvenor Hall in Belfast, before over 2,000 people, Mr Eddie Fairfield (1902-1994), a missionary home on furlough from Venezuela, preached a powerful message called “having the courage to say no”. He made this claim: “If you are going to be anything for God you will have to learn to say no”. Mr Fairfield cited Abraham, Joseph, Moses, Naboth, Daniel and his 3 friends, and Zerubbabel and Jeshua as examples of the point he was making. Each man said no, not because they were stubborn and awkward, but because there was “something at stake”. Mr Fairfield was a man of God who preached with great earnestness and fervour. This is a message that will repay careful and repeated listening. (Readings: Gen 14:17-23, 39:7-12, Exod 2:10-15, 1 Kings 21:1-3, Dan 1:6-8, 3:16-18, Ezra 4:1-4)
These photographs of the Grosvenor Hall are included here with the permission of BCM, Belfast. The Grosvenor Hall stood in Belfast City Centre from 1927-1993 and was used for the Easter Conference up to the 1980’s.