'Faith Lift' pun finds favour on Facebook

Faith Lift sign
Rev Keith Mack outside St John's and King's Park Church in Dalkeith, where the amusing 'Faith Lift' sign has been attracting attention.

An amusing banner outside a Dalkeith church which is closed for refurbishment is being widely enjoyed and shared on social media. A picture showing the 'We are undergoing a faith lift' banner at St John's and King's Park in Dalkeith has been liked and shared hundreds of times on Facebook, so far reaching more than 65,000 people on social media.

The minister who came up with the pun says he's delighted people have seen the funny side. Rev Keith Mack says "The work just started a couple of weeks ago, and when I saw the large 'Danger! Keep out!' sign on our front door I knew we were sending out the wrong message. We put the banner up last weekend. I can't claim credit for the pun, as I first heard it somewhere else, but I am pleased people enjoy seeing the church showing a sense of humour. It's wonderful to think that in temporarily closing our church we have managed to raise its profile."

The images on the Church of Scotland's Facebook page have drawn many appreciative comments from people in the wider community, some who have links with Dalkeith in the past, others who are actively involved in the congregation today.

Mr Mack says the refurbishment will make the church a more accessible space in every sense. "There's no real space for the community in Dalkeith since the community centre closed down. Our refurbishment will enable the church to open throughout the week. We are taking out the pews, levelling the floors and creating disabled access. It will be a bigger space, with the a well-lit area inside the front doors we hope to use as a café area for everyone to enjoy."

Mr Mack has been serving the church in Dalkeith for 14 years. "I can see God working in so many exciting ways here. I recently baptised a young woman in the sea at Longniddry Bents. She had come to our church as an atheist who felt the need to ask questions. It really is a great place to be."

The congregation at St John's and King's Park are meeting at King's Park school in Dalkeith at 11am each Sunday until the refurbishment is completed this summer.