A number of important plaques and items including the pipe organ is to be removed from the currently derelict Cumbrae Parish Church.
Due to deterioration within the old church, which closed in December 2015, permission has been sought from North Ayrshire Council regarding transferring some of these items to storage.
William G Lindsay of The Cumbrae Parish old church disposal group stated in a letter to North Ayrshire Council: "The condition of the building is such that the wood and fabric are in danger of deterioration and we are investigating the possibility of storage for items during the period of construction of the new building. We will seek a new home for the organ, hopefully before it deteriorates."
The group have indicated that the church pews will be sold, with first offers to members of the congregation before a buyer is sought for the remainder.
Members of the group are hoping to identify surviving family members in relation to two of the memorial plaques on the wall of the old church and unless they wish otherwise they will be taken to the new Parish Church when it is built. These are the Swan memorial plaque and the A.Walker memorial plaque.
And two communion tables are to be offered to other churches or interested parties.
The marble baptismal font, Parish Church Ministers plaque and 1914-18, and 1939-45 war memorials will both be put into storage for safe transfer onwards to the new Cumbrae Parish Church.
Services have since taken place in the Age Concern Hall within the Garrison grounds since the sudden Parish Church closure just over two years ago.
However, a major fundraising effort has been underway over recent years to set up a new church on the island on available land next to the primary school on Bute Terrace.
The completion of the sale of the church manse, together with some generous donations, and ongoing fundraising events, have helped push on the plans.
Planning permission in principal has been given to the church by North Ayrshire Council in 2013. 
The overall works will be carried out by McLean Architects, who recently carried out the successful restoration of Saltcoats Town Hall which was honoured in the Scottish Awards for Quality in Planning 2016 in the Place Category for the development works carried out on behalf of NAC.
The new church will include a multi-functional area – seating 100–120, Vestry, kitchen – light refreshment, plant room, toilets, meeting room, storage, and car parking for 30 cars.