Future of city Church building
SIR, – I write in regard to your article (Press and Journal, May 15) about Garthdee Parish Church.
I wish to clarify that the locum minister, the rev Dr Flora Munro, was speaking in a personal capacity and not on behalf of the congregation or Presbytery.
We have not made a decision about the future of the Garthdee building. The Kirk Session has been in consultation with a committee of Aberdeen Presbytery to consider a future which will allow for a renewed mission focus to the community of Garthdee. A full consultation with the whole congregation will take place soon and the congregation will be able to vote on future plans at a
congregational meeting. It is important to stress that, should the present building be sold, it is our intention, subject to the required approvals being given, to build new premises on the site. These would be much smaller than the present building, but nevertheless allow for small church groups to meet during the week, as well as being open for community use. It would be used as a base for our continuing mission to the Garthdee parish, which is a priority for the Presbytery.
Rev Dr John Ferguson, Presbytery
Clerk, Aberdeen Presbytery