Closing service marks end of church chapter

Innerleven East Church, Methil.
Innerleven East Church, Methil.

A FINAL service of closure will be held at Innerleven East Parish Church on June 24.

The event has been brought about following a decision made by parishioners from both Innerleven and Methil Parish Church to merge the two congregations.

Methil Parish Church will now become the main place of worship with the minister of the union being the Rev. Gillian Paterson.

The closing service at the church, which sits opposite the Methil bus depot, is expected to be very well attended as worshippers mark the end of an era for Methil, with Kirkcaldy Presbytery officials also expected to visit.

Ms Paterson has told the Mail previously that bringing the two congregations together will work better for the benefit of the people of Methil.

She said: “I think we will be stronger working together.

“I am looking forward to two groups of people working together to serve the Methil community.”

One of the catalysts for the merger was the retiral of Innerleven East’s minister, the Rev. Jamie Templeton.

Mr Templeton left his post in March of this year following nearly 37 years service.

Ms Paterson arrived in Methil in November 2010.

Services at Innerleven have been conducted by interm minister the Rev. Ken Froude of Kirkcaldy St Bryce Church.

Representatives from Innerleven told the Mail that everybody from the local community is invited to the church on June 24 to share in the closing moments of worship.

Methil Parish Church, which sits on Wellesley Road, was built nearly 90 years ago.

It is a Romanesque-style build which was created by Reginal Fairlie in 1924-25 on a site which was gifted for that purpose by the Wemyss family.

Before this, the area’s parish church sat between the High Street and Station Road.

The final service will be held at Innerleven on June 24, starting at 3pm.