Oldest church in Peterhead closes as congregations unite

Old Parish Church in Peterhead.
Old Parish Church in Peterhead.

The oldest church in Peterhead will cease to act as a place of worship this month when its congregation unites with another church.

The Old Parish Church in Peterhead will unite with the Trinity Parish Church under a new banner, Peterhead New Parish Church.

A Church of Scotland spokesman said: “The congregations of Peterhead Old Parish Church and Trinity Parish Church are coming together and uniting on June 10.

“The first service of the new congregation, which will be called Peterhead New Parish Church, is being held in Trinity Parish Church.”

Discussions are continuing and no final decisions have been made on the future of the Old Parish Church building but it is understood that no further services will be held there after the congregations unite.

The Church of Scotland spokesperson said: “It will be for the new congregation to decide the future of both buildings.”

A local spokesperson for the Trinity Church said: “We will be using the former Trinity building for worship but the Old Parish Church will remain open in the short term, for the organisations who use it.”

The congregations will unite on Friday, June 10, at 7.00pm with a service of union led by the Presbytery of Buchan.

This service will be held in the Trinity building and all members, adherents and friends are invited to come along.

The first service of the Peterhead New Parish Church is being held in the former Trinity Parish Church building on Sunday, June 12, at 10.30am and will be followed with refreshments.

The Trinity Church spokesperson said: “We feel that we can make a more positive union have a greater impact on the town, through our life and witness as a Christian fellowship and the national church, for the town by being together.”