Opening of Forfar Community Church

THE WRAPS are about to come off the new Forfar Community Church - which has been established by the Baptist Union in the former dining hall and nursery block at Wellbrae Primary School.

The building has been completely transformed to provide a flexible worship area, complete with baptismal pool, in what is the first church of its kind in the country for the Baptist Union.

Workmen have been on site for a number of months creating the spacious accommodation which will open to the public during an open week, starting this Saturday.

At 2.30 p.m., a community-orientated event - the ‘cutting of the tape’ - will be performed by Mrs Isobel Ross, chairman of Forfar Community Council. This will be followed by a viewing display recalling days of the Wellbrae Primary School, a short programme of various items and refreshments.

On Sunday (November 11) at 11 a.m. there will be an ‘open house’ for those interested in learning more or becoming involved in this new venture. Open days will run from November 12 to 17, 10 a.m. to 12 noon; 3 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Anyone interested is invited to pop in to view the building and display. Tuesday, November 13, will focus on the family when parents and children are specially invited.

On Sunday, November 18, an opening service of dedication will be held at 11 a.m. The keynote address will be given by the Rev. Alan Donaldson, General Director of the Baptist Union of Scotland.

The former Wellbrae Primary School was identified as a site for the Baptist Union by the Northern Light Trust, which held temporary services at the Strathmore Cricket Club. The trust was formed in 1996 primarily for the care and encouragement of those in pastoral ministry in the Christian church worldwide, of whatever denomination

Its redevelopment of the former dining hall and nursery block at Wellbrae sits alongside the conversion of the former school building in to flats.

More details on the Forfar Community Church are available from, or community pastor Stephen Oyarzabal on Forfar 461661.