Local church blessed with new facilities

A church in Bearsden, Glasgow has opened the doors of its latest expansion project.

Last Sunday a crowd of around 300 people gathered at Killermont Parish Church to witness the opening of a new welcoming area and café in the building.

The opening ceremony was attended by Session Clerk Shona McIntyre, who welcomed the gathering and reminded those in attendance that this was a space a gift to be shared by all.

Former assistant Minister of the church, Rev Dr Martin Fair, gave an inspiring speech which spoke of the Kirk’s desire to invite people into the warmth of the church, using the words of Pope Francis and examples from the work of his own church in Arbroath.

Church of Scotland General Trustees provided an initial sum to fund the initiative, although donations from members of the congregation and the wider community raised the bulk of the £750,000 construction costs.

This project was undertaken by Angus Design Associates, in a style which is sympathetic to the church’s existing redbrick structure.

Local minister, Rev Dr Alan Hamilton, said: “We believe that we are meant to be a community church, open to everyone. We have enjoyed a wonderful celebration. Now we are ready to serve our neighbours.”