Shetland Church of Scotland
In October 2018, the Presbytery of Shetland voted to unite all 13 parishes into one Parish, now known as Shetland Church of Scotland, and to unite with the Presbytery of Aberdeen. As part of this process of change, the church had to admit with sadness that it could not sustain 31 buildings. The former Presbytery of Shetland made the painful decision to close 20 of these buildings, leaving Shetland congregations with 11 to manage.
The General Trustees from the Church of Scotland and the ministry team in Shetland have been working away to ensure that the building sales are progressing as per the Presbytery plan. Several sales have now been completed and other buildings are on offer.
Phase 2, started in 2021 and the General Trustees have been working closely with the community of Foula, with the result that the Baxter Chapel has been sold to a community group.
The Church of Scotland is also divesting itself of the church buildings at Hillswick, Sandness, Voe, and Cunningsburgh. Hillswick’s closing date has passed. Cunningsburgh Church has a closing date in early October. Sandness Church has just gone on the market and Voe Church is currently being prepared to go on the market.
Church of Scotland Baxter Chapel Foula
Phase 3 begins in 2022 and involves the Churches at Lunna, Tingwall, Whalsay (Brough), Out Skerries, Dunrossness, and Gulberwick.