Last service at Airlie Kirk

THE LAST service at Airlie Kirk will take place this Sunday (April 7) at 10.30 a.m.

The service will be taken by the Reverend Ian Murray who has been with the Isla Parishes for two-and-a-half years.

He said: “Although it will be a very sad and poignant service, there is also an Easter message as great things are happening and we are moving forward.

“We financially cannot sustain all of the buildings in the Isla Parishes. Glen Isla will also be closing on May 19 this year.

“It currently costs £2,000 for each of these churches to hold one evening service a month, which is £4,000 in total, for a year and they have been running at a loss.”

The Airlie church has been a worship site for more than 1,000 years and the beautiful building will be put on the market and will most likely be converted into a house or other building.

The church is located on a natural rising, opposite a row of farmers’ cottages and a stream, in a rural setting. Alongside is a large, walled burial ground with a few gravestones within. The church sits within a sub-rectangular graveyard that is older than the current church.