AN Aberdeen congregation has become the latest to break away from the Church of Scotland in the growing row over the ordination of gay ministers.
Members of Gilcomston South Church in Aberdeenâ€™s Union Street will hold their first service as a separate congregation in a city centre hotel next month following the official resignation of the churchâ€™s minister, the Rev Dominic Smart.
â€śOur decision to leave was the culmination of careful study, sincere discussion and prayer over the past four years. We have weighed up many different options and believe the decision we have reached has the most integrity.
â€śWe are looking forward to the first chapter in the life of our new congregation. We will join another denomination in due course but are not rushing into a new affiliation. Our heartfelt priority is to continue our wide-ranging work and worship in Aberdeenâ€™s city centre communities.â€ť ...