Four million pound church centre opens its doors

Dumfries Baptist Church has swapped its inadequate Victorian home for a modern, sleek building which is serving the wider community – a dream that an Allchurches grant helped make a reality

The church, which has had to hold Sunday morning services in a school for the last eight years due to lack of space at its Newell Terrace base, is now reaping the benefits of a much larger building, complete with a café, sports hall, a main hall which seats 400 people and full disabled facilities. The project, which cost £4million and took over two years to complete, opened its doors on May 12th at its new location next to the Gillbrae medical centre in the Georgetown area of Dumfries.

Allchurches Trust gave a grant of £40,000 to Dumfries Baptist church that acted as a catalyst for more financial support for the project.

Alan Sloan, project manager, said, “We are particularly appreciative of the gift from Allchurches Trust because their money was gifted midway through our fundraising. This helped us advance to a funding level where other trusts recognised that our project was going to go ahead in the not too distant future.”

The new church centre is now able to serve not only Newall Terrace but three other communities of Dumfries since relocating. The area, which had no access to a church before, can now enjoy everything the new church centre has to offer. This includes mother and toddler groups, over-60s groups and special events for fathers and their children.

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