De­light as re­vamp plans move for­ward

Rutherglen Reformer - - News From The Pews - Jonathan Ged­des

Plans to com­pletely over­haul a Croft­foot church are gath­er­ing pace.

Croftoot United Free Church is in line for a new en­trance, new halls and a cafe area.

Parish­ioners are op­ti­mistic that the pro­pos­als would help the Car­munock Road church be­come a hub for the lo­cal com­mu­nity.

Their plans moved for­ward re­cently when they se­cured enough fund­ing to be able to hire a youth devel­op­ment worker.

Mar­ion Milligan, clerk to the con­gre­ga­tional board, is en­thu­si­as­tic about what the re­build could mean.

She said: “Our vi­sion at Croft­foot United Free Church is to cre­ate a build­ing that will pro­vide the com­mu­nity with a wel­com­ing and friendly place to meet, play, chill and chat.

“The steer­ing group are meet­ing reg­u­larly with our ar­chi­tect and plans are well un­der way with the de­sign of the new build­ing, cre­at­ing a café area and ad­di­tional halls.

“It is hoped that our church, café and halls, in the hub of the com­mu­nity, will be a fo­cal point for our com­mu­nity and pro­vide a fa­cil­ity that would en­hance the area.

“The café min­istry will be de­vel­oped to in­clude de­men­tia friendly clubs, lunch clubs for the el­derly and car­ers, fam­ily and youth cafes.

“We have re­ceived fund­ing to em­ploy a fam­ily and youth devel­op­ment worker who will or­gan­ise home­work classes, fam­ily time and youth clubs for chil­dren of all ages.

“Our sanc­tu­ary will also be re­ceiv­ing a make over to match the new build. As a con­gre­ga­tion we want to open our doors and to wel­come folk in.”

“It is ex­cit­ing times in 2017 as we work to­ward start­ing build­ing in 2018.”

The church is cur­rently wait­ing to find out the ex­act costs of the build­ing re­vamp, al­though they could cost up to £400,000 in to­tal.

The last time the church was re­de­vel­oped was in the early 1970s.

Croft­foot United Free Church is con­tin­u­ing to hold reg­u­lar ac­tiv­i­ties. Mar­ion added: “We con­tinue to hold our com­mu­nity café on the third Saturday of the month with a free bouncy cas­tle and free kids area with Wii and games con­soles and our next Big Com­mu­nity Fun Day will be on Saturday, Septem­ber 2.”

It is hoped that our church, cafe and halls will be a fo­cal point for our com­mu­nity

Changes Croft­foot United Free Church could gain a new look

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