Slamannan church rolls out services

Rev. Monica MacDonald carries out last Sunday's service in Slamannan Bowling Club. Picture: Alistair Pryde (141023_001)
Rev. Monica MacDonald carries out last Sunday's service in Slamannan Bowling Club. Picture: Alistair Pryde (141023_001)

A congregation is rolling out its Sunday services in a bowling club while renovations are carried out to its church’s building.

The members of Slammannan Parish Church have moved temporarily into the village’s bowling club to allow a six-figure refurbishment of their old building, which proudly sits atop a large mound in the village, to go ahead

And while the work is being carried out the congregation are gathering in Slamannan Bowling Club as a temporary place of worship for the next 11 months or so.

Elder Charlene Condeco, who is helping to spearhead the project, said: “We are quite lucky to have found somewhere like the bowling club as they have allowed us to set the hall out like a church so it still feels like a place of worship and they have been very welcoming.

“It has been a bit strange but we know it is a journey we need to take and that when we return to our church it will be much better for our needs for the future.”

The committee received a Heritage Lottery Fund grant to carry out the changes that will help the church become more financially sustainable.

The major project will bring the church, built in 1810, into the 21st century with the historic fabric of the building being restored.

An Adam-designed plaster ceiling centrepiece will also be preserved

Windows will be replaced, walls are to be re-pointed with lime cement and work on the roof will be carried out.

New features inside will include new toilets, a kitchen and a meeting room while accessibility for disabled users will be improved. Pews will be taken out on the lower level and replaced with removable seating so the hall can become multi-functional for larger events. .

Space in the church will be made available for hire to help the congregation build funds.

Mrs Condeco added: “Slamannan once had six places of worship but we are the only one left and the church is historically important.

“A decision was taken that we had to look to the future, maintain the building and make it available to be used by the wider community.

“A good example is the Falkirk Trinity Church which now has a multi-functional use and it seems to be working very well.

“It’s all about becoming sustainable for the future as best we can and we are very much looking forward to it.”