Church gets set for official relaunch following revamp
A NORTH-EAST church is set to officially reopen next month following a £400,000 renovation.
Maryculter Trinity Church has undergone a complete facelift, which has taken just over a year.
Work on the church started in September last year to merge the main church and hall in a bid to create a larger space and bring the building into the 21st Century.
However, unforeseen problems cropped up along the way, pushing back the hoped-for completion date in spring this year.
Rev Melvyn Griffiths, minister at Maryculter for three years, said: “The whole building has been completely gutted over the last year. Work has taken much longer than expected and the cost has gone up a bit as well.
“The builder kept coming across more and more problems with the building which led to us having to take steps to fix them. Just when we thought we had got to the end of the work another problem came up.
“You couldn’t make it up – it was like a comedy show.”
Throughout the course of the year work has taken place removing the pews to install around 200 seats, fixing the roof and woodwork, and installing electrics.
Rev Griffiths added: “We wanted to modernise the building so it is fit for the local community to use.
“We have had a fantastic builder who has done a brilliant job.
“I can’t fault the work whatsoever.
“It is the older work which has let the building down over the years, however, this work will surely keep the building going for many years to come.
“There is nothing wrong with the stonework, it was all interior problems we had.
“They have now been fixed and we are looking to officially open on November 1.”
While the works were being carried out, services were held in the rear section of the church, however, when bigger events took place Rev Griffiths said they had to book other churches. He added: “We moved back into the main church two Sundays ago now, so it is good to be back.”
The builder kept coming across more problems
good news: Melvyn Griffiths outside Maryculter Trinity Church.