Fu­ture of city Church building

The Press and Journal (North-East) - - FEATURES -

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

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