A NEW dawn is breaking over Wrangholm Kirk in New Stevenston as a major upgrade moves towards completion.
The £112,000 New Dawn project is planning the fourth and final stage of a programme of alterations and refurbishment which will give the congregation – and the local community - a major boost.
Church minister the Rev Caryl Kyle said the improvements would enable the Kirk to strengthen its role in the local community by creating a 24/7 facility with better facilities for a variety of groups and not just an area used for an hour on a Sunday.
She said: “Members of the congregation attending our Easter Sunday Service – our first back in the church - were delighted with the changes which enhance first phase upgrades such as the new heating installation and individual seating replacing wooden pews.
“After these phase two works, it’s also warmer now the creation of two new rooms at the back of the church have excluded the draughts and the new glass doors at the front of the sanctuary make the modernised vestibule so much brighter and welcoming.
“In brighter, warmer summer weather, we could try an Outreach vision by opening the outside wooden doors looking on to a busy street so that people walking past could see what’s going on in here – and might be interested in finding out more.
“The new outline for our building provides a better layout of rooms, with new toilet facilities, to allow increased privacy and security for some of our groups. This opens up the building to a range of activities which we couldn’t previously accommodate.
“We’re now planning our final phases when we’re going to build a kitchen to offer café and lunch facility and toilets at the back of the church, then complete the project with the re-decoration of the church.”
The congregation have committed £30,000 towards the project with WREN (Waste Recycling Environment Ltd) the major funder on £50,000. Other contributors are The Todd Bequest (£20,000), Ferguson Bequest Fund (£10,000) and Scottish Churches Architectural Heritage Trust (£1,500).