The Lighthouse Church Centre in Spittal has reopened.
Guests including Margaret Ferrier MP attended the official reopening, which came about after two years of redevelopment for the community church resource.
Andrew Aikan, the church’s youth minister, is optimistic that the Carrick Road building can provide a boost for the entire community.
He said: “The idea at the moment is to get the place open for youth clubs, youth dropins and organised activities and maybe mother and toddler groups as well.
“We should maximise the building and ultimately benefit the whole community around the area.
“We’ll try and organise things like barbecues and activity camps once we get into the summer.
“There’s already been other things too, like a Chinese group asking to use it and a band looking to practice there. It’s somewhere that can really be used for lots of different things.”
Andrew, who stays in Cambuslang, was pleased with the attendance on the night.
He said: “We had a full house and there were a lot of locals who stopped in.
“I think there is a lot of potential there and the aim is to have something that can benefit the locals, as well as helping get the youths there on track.
“The Lighthouse Church of God are looking to work with charities on things like mental health, bullying and loneliness.”
The reopening featured a Jewish Passover talk by Bogi Kozma from Christian Witness to Israel.
She said the Christian Gospel is hidden in all the elements of the Passover meal and told how the early Christians. who were Jews, understood Jesus.
The building’s refurbishment was partly funded by Viridor Credits.
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