Highlands & Islands

Tarbert group of 94 quits the Church of Scotland

Part of the congregation of the Church of Scotland in Tarbert on Harris has voted to leave over the issue of gay ministers being appointed.

Ninety four members have decided to leave, while 131 voted to remain with the Church of Scotland.

It is understood that those who have opted to quit will set up a Free Church congregation in Tarbert.

The General Assembly voted last May for a proposal that would allow gay men and women to become ministers.

Acting principal clerk, the Reverend Dr George Whyte said: "We are saddened by the planned departure of around 90 members and adherents from Tarbert Church. They will be missed and we wish them well for the future.

"However, our duty now is to the 130 members and adherents who are choosing to remain with the Church of Scotland."

In May this year, a group of 250 worshippers left Stornoway High Church on Lewis to join the Free Church.

Before the split, Stornoway High was the Church of Scotland's biggest congregation on the Western Isles.

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