The Scottish Daily Record reports that Gilcomston South church in Aberdeen will be one of the first to leave the Church of Scotland following the decisions of this year’s General Assembly with regard to the possible opening of the ministry to couples in same-sex relationships.
Dominic Smart, the minister, is reported as saying
“This is us taking a stand against a decision we’re not happy with. It’s the strongest response a congregation can make and it’s a very serious step. But our convictions are clear. We have been discussing this for two-and-a-half years and feel our views are being compromised. However, you feel the gravity of what you are doing and it’s not something you do as a kneejerk reaction.”
The former minister of Gilcomston South was the well-known William Still, who exercised a powerful and influential ministry there for many years. Over the last 70 years, it has become one of the Kirk’s most notable evangelical congregations and Mr Smart and his congregation own the church building on Union Street.