A thousand years of worship on the site of Dunnichen Church near Forfar came to an end with a final service on Sunday.
The B-listed building will now be sold and the congregation will transfer to Letham Church.
Closure of the church also severed long-held personal connections to the building. The Rev Jim Davies, minister of the linked charge of Dunnichen, Letham and Kirkden, said: “For some people it is the place where they have worshipped since they were born.”
Symbols of the church including the communion vessels, the baptismal font and the bible were removed from the church in a final ceremony before the doors were locked.
Angus Presbytery decided to close Dunnichen Church at a time when the Church of Scotland faces falling numbers of members across the country and large bills to maintain deteriorating buildings.
Mr Davies said Dunnichen Church was opened in 1802 but the site had far more ancient links to Christianity.
“The congregation celebrated the building’s 200th anniversary nine years ago but it has been a site of worship for around 1000 years. Up against that the present building is not very old when the actual site of Christian worship goes back 1000 years.
“It is a country church on a very ancient site. It is not a grand building with stained glass windows but there is a beauty in its simplicity.”
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