PS4.7m church work on target; Baptists' home will be community resource.
Byline: Jackie Grant
A church for the 21st century is set to open on schedule in Dumfries.
The 2,000 square metre community facility being built on the edge of Georgetown comes with a PS4.7 million price tag and will be a new home for the baptist congregation which has met at Newall Terrace since 1873.
In recent years, the sandstone building there had become too small as church membership grew, so morning services had usually been held in Dumfries High.
Members were on the lookout for the right site for a new church and Reverend Alistair Purss said they owed a debt of gratitude to the late Ken Asher who found out the land at Gillbrae was for sale in 2012.
The new church has a main hall, seating nigh on 500, which will be available to hire for weddings, concerts and other events.
The community resource also boasts a cafe, sports hall, youth facilities, kitchen, toilets and changing facilities.
Rev Purss added: "Moving house is said to be one of the most stressful things we do; but moving church is even more challenging.
"We plan to flit in stages, during March and April, starting with Sunday services and our own clubs.
"The Cornerstone Cafe will also open gradually. Anyone wanting to book a room, either for single or regular use, is welcome to do so now.
Some clubs are already choosing rooms which will be available for the wider community to use from mid-April."
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Discussions Making sure the finishing touches are right Almost there Work progresses on new church at Gillbrae
Project Jobs continue throughout the new facility. Below, pastors David White and Alistair Purss