Glenrothes church set to open its doors in time for summer as transformation into community hub complete

St Luke’s Evangelist Church in Auchmuty has completed its transformation from a place of not only worship but also a community hub and is getting ready to open its doors to the public in time for summer.

Friday, 7th May 2021, 4:30 pm

The church, which is led by Father Gerry Dillon, has finally reached the end of its massive overhaul that has transformed into a space for the local community.

It has included the creation of the Peace ‘n’ Jam community cafe which can be used used by a wide range of social groups, and to teach people how to cook low-cost nutritious meals.

Father Dillon said: “It has been great getting the keys back to St Luke’s after the refurbishment, but what I didn’t expect was all the excitement from the community.

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Father Gerry outside St Luke's Church. Pic: Fife Photo Agency.

"At the moment we are still not open to the public but as we prepare, we are learning so much from our local and not so local partners.

St Luke's community kitchen. Pic: Fife Photo Agency.

"This week I visited EATS Rosyth and learned how it has operated its pantry throughout the pandemic. It is amazing that just behind the houses there are fairy gardens, beehives, flower beds and so many types of vegetables growing that will soon be in its pantry for the local community!

“Now, with its the support plus the People’s Pantry in Leven, and Greener Kirkcaldy we are preparing to develop our own pantry/community fridge.”

The building will also be used as a place for all ages for socialising, community celebration and meetings.

"The great thing about being in Glenrothes is the support you receive form all the partners in the area,” he said.

Father Gerry. Pic: Fife Photo Agency.

"We originally joined together to share in the support from the National Lottery Community Fund, and we have been learning and supporting each other ever since.

"We have been meeting via Zoom video calls throughout the pandemic discussing ‘seed to food’ with Growing Auchmuty, ‘bike projects’ with YMCA Glenrothes, and developing support with Youth Auchmuty Project.

"This week we also spent some time with the staff and pupils of Warout Primary as we started working with Roots Resilience for its outdoor learning.”

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St Luke's teaching and learning room. Pic: Fife Photo Agency.

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St Luke's main hall congregation space. Pic: Fife Photo Agency.