The congregation of the East and Old Parish Church will mark a major milestone in the church’s history on Sunday with a re-dedication service in the new sanctuary.
The wraps will officially come off phase one of the re-development of the town centre building in a service led by the Rev Barbara Ann Sweetin.
The congregation will meet in the church hall – which has acted as a temporary meeting place whilst the work has been ongoing – at 10.45 am and will proceed to the main church for an 11 am start.
The Rev Sweetin told us: “It has been a long 10 months and we are really excited about moving back into the church.
“Many people in the church and the community have contributed a great deal to the funding of the refurbishment of the church and all the areas that are open to the public are looking great.
“We would like to say a big thank you to all those who have contributed in any way through their time, talents and their money.
“East and Old is involved in so many aspects of the local community and now we have even more space and opportunities for ourselves and the community.
“God’s work is never done and God’s mission to spread the Good News and to care for each other in Forfar and much further afield is alive and thriving.
“Now we need to start fund raising for phase two which is the new rooms and hall upstairs in the church.”
A team of workers has worked tirelessly over the last 10 months, with church services being held temporarily in the church hall.
Phase one focused on the removal of the organ and east balcony.
New walls on the north and east walls of the sanctuary have been erected to provide a new social area and new reception area downstairs.
A new heating system, lighting system and audio visual equipment have been installed and among the main features is a raised chancel area and the cross on the east wall.