Brethern Church plans new Gospel hall in Fife town

A Christian church is hoping to create a new "Gospel Hall" for a conservation area of Glenrothes.

The Plymouth Brethern Christian Church has submitted plans for its new centre to be built on the corner of Cadham Road and Cadham Terrace.

While described as a generic "community hall" in planning documents, the space would be used exclusively for religious activities by members of the Brethren.

The Church proposes that the hall would be used as a community space, and for prayer and worship services at 6:00am on Sundays and Monday evenings at 6.30pm.

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The Plymouth Brethern Christian Church has submitted plans for its new Gospel centre to be built on the corner of Cadham Road and Cadham Terrace, Glenrothes

Despite the hours, it says its services are on the quieter side and are unlikely to cause disruption to nearby residents.

"It should be noted that the hall is designated by the Plymouth Brethren Christian Church for worship and prayer only and not for community function such as weddings and secular celebration involving amplified music and the like," a statement submitted by agents Fouin+Bell Architects says.

"The prayer meetings themselves do not involve the use of organ, piano or any amplified music and are voice only in the recital of prayers, sermon and singing of unaccompanied hymns and psalms."

Plans for the hall have been in the works for some time and represent a further move into Fife after opening halls in Kirkcaldy.

Established in the 19th century, the Plymouth Brethren was formed by a group of men and women dissatisfied with the ministerial structure of the Anglican Church.

It now has over 50,000 members across the world.

Fife Council officers are expected to make a decision on the plans by mid-May.

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