THE CONGREGATION of a Glasgow church has held its last service before quitting the Church of Scotland.

St George's Tron Church decided to split over the Kirk's acceptance of gay ministers.

There were hugs and tears as the congregation members closed the doors of the church from which they have been evicted, despite contributing £2.6 million to its refurbishment.

The rift between it and the Church of Scotland has led to a bitter dispute over assets.

Church authorities say they are owed almost £1m by St George's Tron. Sheriff's officers went there on Wednesday to recover church property.

Yesterday there were no Bibles or hymn books, and the organ was replaced by a piano.