Church expands to cope with growing numbers

Rev John Stevenson, right, locum minister at Motherwell South, and Fleming Buildings director Ronnie Burrows get work underway.
Rev John Stevenson, right, locum minister at Motherwell South, and Fleming Buildings director Ronnie Burrows get work underway.

Falling attendances seems to be a problem for all religious denominations these days, but a Motherwell congregation is bucking the trend.

So much so that work on a major extension has started at Motherwell South Parish Church in Gavin Street.

It’s costing nearly £900,000 and should be completed by the end of the year.

Motherwell South was formed in 2007 after a union of the Dalziel South and Manse Road Church of Scotland congregations.

A spokesman said: “We are a busy and growing church, and wish to continue growing.

“On some occasions in recent years our church has been standing room only on a Sunday. Our planned new sanctuary and its in-built expansion facility will ensure that everyone can be accommodated comfortably.”

Under the Keystone Project the new sanctuary will be available as an auditorium for the local community. There will also be a catering kitchen and a community coffee bar.

The current sanctuary will be converted into a games hall, an additional meeting room and storage space.

The church says its ‘overall vision’ is to provide ‘a focal point and meeting place for the community and parish as well as suitable accommodation for the many activities of the congregation’.

Work started after five years of hard work by the congregation, who raised money through various events and activities, and the generous support of external funders.

By the end of phase 1 of the project the congregation will have provided £575,000 towards the overall cost of £880,000.

The new buildings are being constructed by Fleming Buildings Ltd of Lenzie.

Phase 2 will involve refurbishment of the church hall and other buildings, and will be carried out over the next few years,