While the long-term future of Kirk Christ, Lezayre has yet to be announced, a Thanksgiving Service to mark the official closure of the church is to be held on Sunday, July 19, at 3pm. The Bishop and Archdeacon will attend and refreshments will be served afterwards.
The organisers hope that everyone with connections to the church will attend and that it will be a happy occasion, not a sombre one.
‘It will bring back a lot of memories for people – and will bring all the people of the parish together again’, said churchwarden Vivien Quane.
The landmark church with its tall spire was built in 1835. The thanksgiving service has been timed to coincide with its 180th anniversary.
The church has not been in use since November 2013 when it was put on the market by the Church Commissioners with an asking price of £175,000. Estate agents described the building as ‘most imposing and spacious with a potential for a number of uses subject to planning consent’.