THE congregations of two Edinburgh churches are planning to leave the Kirk in protest at moves to allow the ordination of openly gay clergy.
The elders of Holyrood Abbey Church, on London Road near Meadowbank Stadium, have made overtures to the Church of Scotlandâ€™s leaders to start the process of leaving and yesterday it also emerged that the minister and elders of St Catherineâ€™s Argyle Parish Church of Scotland in the capital are also seeking to break away.
The strongly evangelical congregation of Holyrood Abbey Church will vote on a split within the coming weeks. The decision was announced by the churchâ€™s minister, the Rev Philip Hair, in a sermon on Sunday.
Yesterday he said: â€œIt is with great sadness and sorrow that, following the recent decision of the General Assembly on same-sex relationships and the ministry, the elders have come to a common mind, unanimously so, that we should begin ...