The Church of Scotland, Middlefield Parish Church’s building on Manor Avenue/Fowler Avenue in Middlefield was closed after the Sunday service on Sunday 30th June 2019.
The Church of Scotland’s Middlefield congregation entered into a union with High Church Hilton, to form the new and united charge under the name “High Hilton Parish Church”.
After a period of two years of being vacant the church building and the manse have now been purchased by William Rae Roofing Ltd. The company will use the site to expand their office and storage facilities.
The Church of Scotland is currently embarking on major changes to the church estate and many of these affect churches within the Presbytery of Aberdeen and Shetland. Presbytery’s vision is to encourage and enable a re-imagining and renewal of church life for the 21st Century. The Covid pandemic has enabled church congregations to develop innovative ways of delivering services online and meeting their communities’ needs without the reliance on meeting in buildings.
Middlefield Parish Church
However, getting together in a physical space is also an important aspect of church life. The Presbytery would like to see worship conducted in sustainable well-equipped spaces that bring Christians and wider communities together. A reduction in the number of unsustainable buildings has been a part of the Presbytery Plan to reshape the church estate. It will result in churches being redeveloped, and some sold or demolished where the building no longer serves the needs of a modern church and its community.
The changes will allow ministers to work more effectively in teams across the city and to develop the skills of clergy and lay people to re-engage in the life of Aberdeen and Shetland through effective mission work. It is hoped that in time some of this work will occur within the area around Middlefield providing satellite worship services for local communities.