Lanark Church re-opens after £100,000 refurbishment

A Lanark church has re-opened after a £100,000 refurbishment to transform it into a community hub fit for the 21st century.

The interior of Greyfriars Parish Church has been modernised to create a versatile and flexible space to enable the congregation to worship in more imaginative ways.

Replacing the pews with chairs and installing remote controlled blackout window blinds means the building is suitable for a range of activities like theatre productions, film screenings and fitness classes.

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Flexible and versatile space. Mark Boyle

The new look church, which has been redecorated, rewired and fitted with new carpets and heating system, officially re-opened yesterday.

Minister, Rev Bryan Kerr, said he was “absolutely delighted” with the result of the work, which started on June 16.

“Everything just looks fresh, clean, loved and cared for which is what we aimed for,” he added.

“Members have reacted positively and we have managed to retain the building’s character so it still feels like church.

“The congregation have always used the church in creative ways for the community and this allows us to take it the next level.

“They are really open to new ideas and exploring what it means for us in terms of developing our own faith.”

Versatile

Mr Kerr said audio-visual equipment had been relocated to the balcony to free up space and round tables had been bought to hold informal cafe-style services.

He added that plans were underway to create a Labyrinth on the floor and bookings to hold Clubbercise fitness classes, complete with disco music and glow sticks, and a production of a comedy called A Monks Tale had been secured.

Bryan Kerr
Rev Bryan Kerr. Mark Boyle.

Mr Kerr said: “We feel that the building we now have will serve our needs and enable us to serve the community better..

“We hope that people will be able to see the real possibilities for Greyfriars going forward.”

Members held joint services with nearby St Nicholas Church, other Christian denominations and used the church hall while the work was carried out.

The refurbishment project was funded by grants and donations.