The Church of Scotland was criticised for its decision
“The more people that know what the Church of Scotland is up to, the better. It’s like we’re a forgotten entity. It shows how ruthless they are.
"I know we’re not the only ones suffering but there’s so much history attached to the church, it’s in great condition. Surely to goodness they can keep it open. Common sense is not prevailing."
It is believed the church dates back to 1140, with archaeologists have finding evidence to suggest Birnie Kirk was a centre of Roman power and an important pre-Christian settlement inhabited by the pagan Picts.
A spokesperson from Church of Scotland said: “While Sunday’s service was the last regular weekly service which will take place at Birnie Church, the building will continue to be maintained by the kirk session pending its release.
“This will allow for the possibility of occasional use, such as for funerals or weddings.
"There is also an opportunity to organise worship in the Birnie Kirk hall as part of the agreed basis of union.“
"However, Birnie Church is still on schedule to be released from Church of Scotland ownership by the end of August 2027."