kirkcaldy’s Old Kirk is up for sale, with a price tag of offers over £75,000.
The news, announced by St Bryce Kirk this week, was described as “sad for a great many people.”
A statement to the Press said: “This week has seen the end of the due legal processes bringing about the offer for sale of the historic Old Kirk building in Kirk Wynd.
‘‘The necessary closure of the building as a place of public worship has been sad for a great many people in the St Bryce Kirk congregation and beyond.
“The sale will hopefully mean that the building can once again be used and preserved as a landmark in the community.”
The particulars on the Church of Scotland’s website said that any applications which would see the B-listed building maintaining its original characteristics would be looked on favourably.
Maintaining it as one unit would also be preferable, dividing the space would not be ruled out.
Kirkcaldy Old Kirk Trust, a group set up by local people concerned that the building be maintained as an important part of Kirkcaldy’s heritage, said it was working towards taking over stewardship of the building.
Trust chairman, Rosemary Potter, said the matter had been discussed at a meeting on Tuesday:
She added: “This is such an important building for Kirkcaldy.
‘‘It would be tragic if the Church of Scotland was to ignore the claim of Kirkcaldy people to continued access to their heritage and put short-term financial gain before the interests of the community they should be serving – like Esau in the Bible selling his birthright for a bowl of broth!
“We have a well-advanced business plan being put together to ensure its future in our hands.
‘‘We look to the Church of Scotland to play its part in making this a reality in the spirit of Christian commitment to service the community. Other churches have gone on to become vibrant centres for their community and we believe it is possible here too.”