Work begins on St Madoes and Kinfauns new community building
Published on 19 September, 2016
Work begins this week on the Madoch Centre, a new multipurpose building that will serve the congregation of St Madoes and Kinfauns as well as the surrounding Perthshire community.
The congregation has raised funds through community events and donations, including Rev Mark Bircham’s recent challenge, “I’m a minister get me out of here”, that took the minister around the country completing unusual tasks and committing acts of kindness that were suggested by donors.
To celebrate the new beginning, the congregation formed a human chain from the old church to the new site. They then passed along a board with the memory verse: 'For every house is built by someone but God is the builder of everything.” (Hebs 3:4')
The building will be open to all in the community.
Anthea Bircham, chair of the 14-strong Madoch Centre team, said the congregation want to bring opportunities for all age groups in the community to come together in the cafe, and to meet, share, play and exercise.
"We feel our community deserves better facilities; but we haven't sat back and waited for help, we have just got on with planning and raising funds,” Mrs Bircham says.
“We've had some great help along the way from the General Trustees, Go for It training days and Perth and Kinross Council among others.
“In our congregation, and in the village, we already try to care for the more vulnerable, and the Centre will help us do this more effectively and bring new opportunities to serve.
“While we now have a full build package the hard work isn't finished, we still need to raise another £100,000 for fixtures, fittings and furniture."
Funders who are supporting the building include: the Robertson Trust, Gannochy and the Jimmie Cairncross Charitable Trust.Local company Algo have been engaged to carry out the 48 week contract to build the new community and church facilities.