Parishioners celebrate new expansion plans

Rev Georgie Baxendale and John Maddock, who heads up the redevelopment committee, survey the ambitious plans.
Rev Georgie Baxendale and John Maddock, who heads up the redevelopment committee, survey the ambitious plans.
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Motherwell South Parish Church parishioners are celebrating the launch of a £1.5 million scheme that’s set to massively expand and upgrade the church’s facilities.

The council has approved ambitious plans for a new cafe and 250-capacity sanctuary in the grounds of the church which badly needs to expand to cater for a congregation of more than 400.

More than £210,000 has already been pledged to the building fund, and the balance will be made up from Church of Scotland grants, loans and other grant-aided trusts.

Meanwhile fetes, karaoke nights, dinners and race nights will also boost funds,

Sunday services have seen some parishioners having to stand at the back of the sanctuary, while the church’s 90-strong Boys’ Brigade company has to use other local premises as they can’t all fit in.

A second phase will involve converting and refurbishing existing buildings into “community quarters”, with facilities including recreation halls, conference and performance space and a soft play area.

The new-build section will include a community café with full catering kitchen, and a 150-seat hall suitable for sports will be createdi in the existing building, along with other smaller meeting spaces.

Minister the Rev Georgie Baxendale said: “This is an exciting and inspirational time for both the parish and local community served by Motherwell South.

“We’re going to build a church that will be at the very heart of this neighbourhood, providing services and facilities for a range of charities, youth and social organisations or even just neighbours who want a place to meet for a chat.”

“This will be a community church that places its people at its very heart. It’s going to be some very exciting times ahead.”

Construction is set to start early next year.