It includes churches in a number of islands, as well as in the likes of Tingwall, Gulberwick and Hillswick.
The full list is as follows:
- Fair Isle
- Sand – Sandsting
- St Magnus, Yell
- Whalsay Church
The plans have come into force in response to a growing national deficit, a shortage of numbers and reducing congregation numbers.
It means that 11 Church of Scotland buildings will remain open. They are:
Aith, Baltasound, Brae, Cullivoe, Burra Isle, Ollaberry, Sandwick, Scalloway, St Columba’s Lerwick, Walls and Whalsay Hall.
A new plan also intends to merge the isles’ 13 parishes into one, with a new presbytery of Aberdeen and Shetland proposed.
It is thought that congregations affected will be able to appeal the closure decisions.
There is a hope that some of the churches may be able to remain a community asset, with leases an option.
Shetland assessor minister Reverend Ian Murray previously said the church had too many buildings on its books in Shetland.
“The presbytery has a legacy of many more church buildings than they need and has faced some difficult choices on which buildings should be retained and which should be let go,” he said.
“At the heart of our decision making is the desire to see a sustainable future for the Church of Scotland, its mission and pastoral care for the whole of Shetland.”
Earlier this month Reverend Dr Frances Henderson joined the Shetland Presbytery to oversee a “progressive new era for the isles”.
The isles are set to be covered by three ministers and four ministry development staff.
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