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A brand new look for Kirkcaldy church

Methodist Church, St Clair Street, Kirkcaldy
Minister from the church, Deacon Sarah McDowall alongside the organ
Photo ; WALTER NEILSON

Methodist Church, St Clair Street, Kirkcaldy Minister from the church, Deacon Sarah McDowall alongside the organ Photo ; WALTER NEILSON

 

A Kirkcaldy church building has received a large funding boost to help it complete a major facelift.

Kirkcaldy Methodist Church, based in the town’s St Clair Street, has been given a £10,000 grant from the National Churches Trust.

The move comes in the wake of the church celebrating its 125th anniversary.

The milestone was marked in September with a week-long display of pictures and stories outlining its history.

The refurbishment aims to make the church more user-friendly and able to cater for more outside meetings and activities.

The project includes installing a new boiler to provide better heating, making the sanctuary space a multiple use area by removing the pews, providing new accessible toilet facilities and a new open plan kitchen area, with serving counters in the church hall.

The church – which opened its doors in 1888 in Sinclairtown – has been a place of worship for the Methodist movement which was started by John Webster, whose belief was a church which transcended buildings by taking the gospel out to the people.

And it is that principle of being a part of the community which Deacon Sarah McDowall, minister of Kirkcaldy Methodist Church, wants to expand into the Pathhead and Sinclairtown areas, by opening up the church as a meeting place for locals to join together.

In September, Deacon McDowall said through their own fundraising ventures and grants, such as Common Good, they had managed to raise £75,000 to adapt the church and make it more accessible.

She said: “The work on the building is all part of our aim to better serve our local community.

‘‘We are very grateful to the National Churches Trust who have provided part of the funding along with a number of other funders.

“We have been out of our building for about three months, during which time we have been made very welcome by our friends at Pathhead Parish Church with whom we have been sharing worship.

“The refurbished building will allow us to expand our work in the Gallatown and Sinclairtown areas as we seek to become a church relevant to the 21st century.”

The church building is also used weekly by the Credit Union and Frontline Fife as a drop-in centre.

After the project, it is hoped the building will be open every day.

 

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