Someone will remind me who said that 'reports of my demise have been exaggerated', or words to that effect. Whoever said it and whatever, precisely, they said, the same may be said of Lansdowne Parish church.
For the record, the church is not closed, either as a building or as a congregation. The building remains open for business, hall and room lets and so on. The congregation gathers on Sunday morning at 11 a.m. for worship and will do so for the foreseeable future, G-d willing and all that.
In due course Lansdowne Parish Church and Wellington church will unite to form a new church with a new name meeting at the present Wellington site. This new church will link with Kelvinside-Hillhead Parish Church. Both union and linkage will be subject to votes by the congregations involved as and when they are free so to do. These votes cannot be taken until the Presbytery of Glasgow Plan is reactivated which will be in September 2011 at the earliest. You will appreciate that this is a developing situation but Lansdowne's hall and rooms should be free for hire until August 2011.
In the meantime Four Acres Charitable Trust continues to pursue funding for its development of Lansdowne. Plans are afoot for the use of the church as an arts venue in 2011.
Meanwhile, patience is required. For now we need to be accurate and make sure that people understand that the church is not closed. Indeed it will not so much closing as changing. A different thing entirely ... change is a sign of life.