Glenrothes church offers Peace 'n' Jam as it transform into community hub

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St Luke the Evangelist Church in Auchmuty is transforming from a place solely of worship to a community hub where local people can come to learn new skills and build stronger connections and relationships.

The transformation has seen the creation of the Peace ‘n’ Jam community cafe within the church – which boasts an area which will be inclusive and fit for purpose to allow for better collaborative use by the community.

The cafe will have a fully functioning community kitchen to be used by a wide range of social groups, and to teach people how to cook low-cost nutritious meals.

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The building will also be used as a place for all ages for socialising, community celebration and meetings as well as a base for activity programmes and breakfast clubs for young people during school holidays and at other times.

Father Gerry Dillon.Father Gerry Dillon.
Father Gerry Dillon.

The reimagination of St Luke’s is part of the BIG Lottery programme, Our Place, which aims to put local people in control, to build stronger connections and relationships in the area by empowering local people and organisations to lead on projects that will make a difference to the neighbourhood.

Father Gerry Dillon said: “We are a small church, but we definitely punch above our weight.

"We put the building forward for lottery funding six years ago, and we were awarded £375,000, alongside £50,000 from Fife Environment Trust.

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"As part of the Our Place initiative, a series of community listening surveys were held, involving a range of stakeholders such as the elderly forum, youth action forum group and others, there was a clear desire for a community cafe to be developed as a place to foster relationships and build a sense of community.”

Father Gerry adds that the Peace ‘n Jam community cafe is placed squarely within the vision for Auchmuty set out by the Our Place initiative.

"Our vision is that Auchmuty will be a place that local people feel proud of,” he added.

“Peace n Jam will create a place to foster relationships and bring the community together, where young and old can share time and gain valuable experiences and skills and provide opportunities to work together with and promote local projects."

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