St George's–Tron Church

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For the Tron Church in Edinburgh, see Tron Kirk.

Coordinates: 55°51′43″N 4°15′14″W / 55.861832°N 4.253941°W / 55.861832; -4.253941

St George's Tron Church
St George's-Tron Church at night
New interior design

The St George's-Tron Parish Church, in Glasgow, Scotland, is a Church of Scotland church in the city centre, located in Nelson Mandela Place near Queen Street Station. It should not be confused with the 17th–century Tron Church, which lies to the south-west on Trongate and was redeveloped in the 1980s as the Tron Theatre.

The building, which was commissioned by the City Fathers was designed by William Stark, was opened in 1808, originally as St. George's Parish Church.

A notable minister of the parish was Tom Allan, a key figure in the Scottish evangelical movement of the mid-20th century. Another notable minister, also an evangelical, was Eric Alexander, who served from 1977 to 1997.[1]

Right on the busiest shopping street in Scotland (above Buchanan Street, Glasgow) the building is a significant presence, and the oldest in the area. It stands as a terminating vista for West George Street.

Refurbishment[edit]

From 2007-9 the church building was extensively refurbished by CRGP architects and surveyors, at a cost of £3m, the vast majority of it raised by the then congregation.[2] This restored a number of original features which had been concealed by practical alterations over the years as well as revealing and addressing structural weaknesses in the tower which could have been catastrophic if left unaddressed. The new interior is much more open and of contemporary design.[3]

2012 Secession[edit]

In 2012 the then minister and most of the 500 members of the congregation left the Church of Scotland over the ongoing discussions within the Church of whether to permit openly gay clergy, which the congregation saw as the Church of Scotland rejecting the Authority of Scripture. They moved to a nearby building in order to continue as an independent congregation.[4] Before leaving, many of the furniture and fittings were removed and as a result, the Church of Scotland obtained an interim interdict to prevent further assets being taken. The former charity trustees were also reported to the charity regulator as the finances of the continuing Church of Scotland congregation were found to have been depleted by the transferring of funds to another charity connected to those who had left.[5][6] There was controversy after Messengers of Arms waited outside the congregational prayer meeting and requested the minister come and meet with them. They then served him with the interim interdict. The following day, Messengers at Arms called at the St George's Tron manse to serve the same writ because there had been a mistake made by the Court in the dating of the court order. This was reported in the national press and on BBC news.[7]

The Church of Scotland in June 2012 announced that it would re-build the Church of Scotland congregation based in the Church building where worships continues under a new minister. [8]

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