Kirkcaldy’s Methodist Church is looking forward to a bright future after an £85,000 refurbishment programme.
The modernisation of the 125 year-old building began in October with the aim of making the building brighter, improving facilities and providing a more flexible space.
Money came through fundraising, as well as grants from Methodist organisations and other grants including the National Churches Trust, Baird Trust and Allchurches Trust.
The completed refurbishment gives a large open space that can be used as a worship area or for other functions or meetings, with a conference already held, while many of the original features such as beams, stained glass and the wooden floor have been given a new lease of life.
There is also an open-plan kitchen, new toilets including disabled facilities, and a flexible meeting area.
People with disabilities or families with children can use the newly formed ramped access.
The aim of the new-look building is to be a church in the community and for the community, and it is currently a weekly collection point for the Kingdom Credit Union, with plans underway to encourage more people to use the building.
Deacon Sarah McDowall said: “Our belief is that there is no split between “church” activity and “community” activity but that everything we hope to do is in the name of the church and part of our worship. Our refurbished building will give us an opportunity to serve God in a totally new way.”
In March the congregation welcomed previous minister, the Reverend Deborah Cornish, who led its 126th anniversary service with Deacon McDowall. Deborah was involved with the original planning for the changes to the church, and was joined by friends from Pathhead Parish Church.
There was then a re-dedication of the church by Reverend Andrew Letby, of t he Edinburgh and Forth Methodist Circuit, who expressed his support for the work that was being done in Kirkcaldy.