How the churches were chosen

Under threat - Kilmory Parish Church. Photograph: Vincent van Zeijst

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The 48-page draft Ardrossan Presbytery mission plan outlines the rationale in choosing the Arran church buildings to keep or to dispose of.

It states: ‘Brodick St Bride’s Church is in the main town (sic) and the place where there is the main port for the ferries. It also houses the food bank and so this building should be retained.

‘Corrie Church has a very small congregation and is struggling to support itself and it scored relatively poorly in the AMBA (A Belonging@Work) audit. This building should be disposed of.

‘Kilmory Parish Church is at the end of a single track road about 1.5 miles outside the village with few people attending on a Sunday. The building is in poor condition as highlighted in the AMBA audit and this building should be disposed of.

‘Lamlash Parish Church is a very large building (probably the largest on the island). With a decreasing congregation, it was felt that in time, the congregation would struggle to maintain the building. The hall, while well-used, has a very high ceiling. These buildings should be disposed of.

‘St Bride’s Church in Lochranza would serve the people in the north of the island. Lochranza is also the port for the small ferry sailing to the Mull of Kintyre and so it was felt important that this building was retained.

‘Shiskine St Molio’s Church should be retained as it is the only church on the west of Arran and serves the villages of Shiskine and Blackwaterfoot.

‘Whiting Bay and Kildonan church building is a more compact building than Lamlash and much easier to maintain alongside the attached hall. Scripture Union and the Seaside Mission have for over 50 years used this church as a base during the summer months.

‘One parish will allow a united voice on Arran and allow the church to combine resources – financially and in terms of skills. All Kirk Sessions spoke about increased use of technology for example – and combining their resources and having a united leadership could allow them to do this in a co-ordinated way.

‘At present, there are seven Kirk Sessions on Arran. Clearly this is a big ask for
one minister, and so the proposal to have one Kirk Session should alleviate this,’ the report states.