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‘In tears’ at church closure ruling

Members of a St Andrews congregation who fear they will lose their church have been left distraught by a decision of the Commission of Assembly of the Church of Scotland.

The assembly upheld the proposals of St Andrews Presbytery that Martyrs Church and Hope Park Church should be united despite an appeal by two elders from Martyrs.

One member of the Martyrs Church congregation told the Courier that some people had been in tears when they heard that the appeal had been dismissed by a vote of 40 to 33.

He called for a review of the decision, claiming that the merger would scatter the congregation.

• Full story at the Dundee Courier.

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