The Church of Scotland is to meet to discuss a minister who left the Church, along with his congregation, over the ordination of a gay minister.

Reverend Dominic Smart and more than 300 members of Gilcomston South Church in Aberdeen have been conducting worship in a hotel since February.

They were due to hold a service at the Copthorne Hotel last Sunday, but the hotel cancelled the booking.

Reverend Smart and his congregation took the decision to leave the Church of Scotland after a long period of discussion regarding the 2009 appointment of the openly gay minister Scott Rennie to Queen’s Cross Church, also in Aberdeen.

Mr Smart said he had no choice but to resign from the Kirk. He said: “It’s quite simple – the Bible is very clear that same-sex ordination in the ministry is something that God would not be happy with and so that’s what we also believe.”