A split over gay ministers has led to a prominent Glasgow congregation quitting the Church of Scotland and legal action by Kirk authorities to recover up to £1 million of disputed assets.
Rev Dr William Philip and his congregation of 500 members held their final service at St George's Tron in Glasgow's Nelson Mandela Place today after writs to evict them and recover assets including including bibles, hymn books and a church organ were served last week.
The congregation at St George's Tron decided to leave the Church of Scotland in June this year following Kirk moves to accept gay ministers and the appointment of Rev Scott Rennie, who is in a same-sex relationship, to a post in Aberdeen.
Dr Philip described the ruling general assembly's decision to allow gay ministers in 2011 as having "marginalised the Bible, the written word of God."
The Church of Scotland said it was now appointing a "transitional minister" to take over at the St George's Tron building.