Community bid for Johnshaven church

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FRIDAY DEADLINE FOR OFFERS

At a public meeting held on Tuesday night it was confirmed there will be a community bid for the church but the figure was not 
evealed.

A community group is looking to retain the church after it was established there was no feasible way the parish could meet the £75,000 asking price set by the Church of Scotland.

Minister of Mearns Coastal Parish Church Colin Dempster has said that he would like to see the building remain as a place of worship.

The deadline for bids on the 155-year-old building is this Friday, August 7.

Ewan McKenzie who has chaired meetings regarding the church told the Mearns Leader: “There will be a community bid for the church but I do not know the figure of the bid.

“We will have to wait to see if the bid is the best for the church.”

Speaking to The Mearns Leader before Tuesday’s meeting, Rev Dempster expressed his sorrow at the possible loss of the
building.

He said: “As the Parish Minister, along with other members of the Church and community, we are obviously very sad that such a lovely wee church cannot be saved for the public worship of God and other community
uses.

“Due to the severe financial restrictions upon the Church as a whole, that is Mearns Coastal Parish Church, it was felt that we could only maintain one building and that as St Cyrus Church was by far the highest attendance and being blessed with even more coming along to Sunday Worship over the past few years, that it would be best to use St Cyrus Church.”

Rev Dempster added: “Alas, after a valiant attempt at saving the Church, there was no viable way to come up with a firm offer to buy the church building which is on sale by the Church of Scotland at offers over £75,000, with the closing date for offers on Friday 7 August 2015.”