Refurbished Aberdeen church welcomes top minister in Scotland
A church in Aberdeen, which underwent a £1.5 million refurbishment, was re-dedicated by the top minister in Scotland this morning.
Mannofield church welcomed Moderator General the Right Reverend Dr Russell Barr leading a special service.
Parishioners raised nearly £1 million towards the refurbishment by doing a range of fundraising activities.
Work has been done to the roof, brickwork and steeple, as well as interior renovations including improved access areas and a new foyer.
Dr Barr said: “A huge amount of effort and money has been spent refurbishing the church buildings and making them fit for the congregation’s purpose in the 21st century.
“I am looking forward to seeing the refurbished building and joining the congregation on Sunday for the service of re-dedication.
“As well as giving thanks for the work being completed, I am quite sure the service will be a celebration of the congregation’s hopes and dreams for the future.”
Minister Keith Blackwood said: “This project has been a long time in the planning and it is great that now we have reached a stage where we can move on from the focus on buildings to the business of mission and outreach in the parish and beyond.”
“The focus on the buildings has always been not an end in itself but we have recognised that to more effectively build connections with a generation of people missing from the church, we needed to upgrade and modify our buildings in order to create a more welcoming and flexible space.”