WORK has begun on the latest phase of improvements at Dalziel St Andrew’s Church in Motherwell.
It includes a full upgrade of the kitchen and toilets with the addition of a baby change room and a cleaner’s store.
The work follows successful completion of the major sanctuary upgrade under the congregation’s makeover project called Forward For Jesus.
The new phase is the culmination of another year of hard work by many at Dalziel St Andrew’s who have organised a wide variety of fundraising events.
Their efforts have again been very well supported with further grant assistance from, among others, Biffa Award and Environmental Key Fund.
New fire safety and emergency lighting circuits were installed last year and now a full smoke detection system has been added to the church and hall areas.
Rev Derek Pope, the church minister, said: “We are very grateful to God and for the generosity of His people in the congregation for the opportunity to take forward the work of building His kingdom.
“Eagerness to serve the people of the community in which we are set is at the heart of our desire to have the best premises possible.
“Already a large number of church organisations, community groups and businesses use our halls as well as the comfort and advanced technology in our sanctuary. We are keen, however, to utilise this to the fullest extent.”
Work is expected to be completed in August in time for all organisations at the church resuming their activities. Further phases are now being planned.
Councillor Harry Curran, chairman of the Environmental Key Fund in North Lanarkshire, said: “We are delighted to support these upgrade works. This is a very prominent building in Motherwell town centre which plays an important role in the community.
“It’s wonderful to see the hard work and determination the congregation has shown to secure funding and make sure the work is carried out to a high standard.
“Projects like this highlight the achievements that can be made when community groups receive the right support and we would encourage others to apply to EKF.”