Public meeting to consider future of Johnshaven kirk

Johnshaven Church
Johnshaven Church

Mearns Coastal Parish Church are to hold a public meeting to discuss what the future holds for their building in Johnshaven.

The meeting next Tuesday, February 11, at 7.15pm is open to all and will be held in the church in Castle Street.

Christian worship has taken place continuously in the building since it was constructed, in 1860 for the United Presbyterian Church, which merged with the Free Church in the early 20th century to form the United Free Church of Scotland.

Although the Free Church united with the Church of Scotland in 1929 it was not until 1947 that this effectively took place in the Parish of Benholm and the present church building became the place of worship for the Church of Scotland congregation in Johnshaven.

The Kirk Session have decided to call the meeting after years of struggling to maintain the fabric of the building, including the church hall.

The church is still fairly well used but with costs of maintaining such a building continuing to rise, Mearns Coastal Parish is no longer in a financial position to continue to do so , without assistance.

A spokesperson said: ‘‘The hope and aim of calling this meeting is to explore possible ways and means which would enable this problem to be overcome and the future of the Parish Church in Johnshaven to be secured.’’