Day of reckoning looms for Johnshaven Church

Johnshaven Church dates back to 1860 and is on offer for around �7500

Johnshaven Church dates back to 1860 and is on offer for around �7500

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Following a public meeting on Tuesday night (July 28) the future of Johnshaven Church continues to be uncertain.

Minister of Mearns Coastal Parish Church Colin Dempster has admitted it is going to take someone with a big cheque book to come to their rescue if the building is to remain as a place of worship.

At the meeting, chaired by Ewan McKenzie, it was concluded that there was no feasible way the parish could meet the £75,000 asking price set by Church of Scotland and, with the August 7 closing date on offers fast approaching, the future looks bleak for the 155 year old building.

Speaking to The Mearns Leader, REV Dempster has 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.

“The latest news comes after the Public meeting held in Johnshaven Church last night.

“This was a meeting arranged by members of Johnshaven community to look at ways to save the church building from redevelopment and to keep it for use by the community.

“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.

“If only someone would buy it for us.”

There will be another public meeting at Johnshaven Church on Tuesday August 4 at 8.00pm.

Johnshaven Church dates back to 1860 and details of the building as a property can be found at www.churchofscotland.org.uk.