Following much discussion and deliberation we have now committed ourselves as a congregation to renovations to our building. At first, we talked of replacing worn pews and out-dated lighting as well as taking care of the property and fabric of church buildings as outlined in our quinquennial report. However, it quickly became evident that this might be a larger project than first thought.
The master plan
This project will involve our worship place; with a shared vision of creating a flexible space that can be re-arranged to reflect the cycle of the liturgical seasons as well as other worship and prayer.
We will also be renovating our non-worship spaces such as the kitchen and toilet facilities, as well as creating meeting room(s) to establish a community cafe and local hub known as Peace ‘n’ Jam.
We are excited about the prospect of having new facilities which can be enjoyed by those who currently use our buildings, as well as providing us with the opportunity to make connections with the local community.
We pray that this is a time of renewal and a coming together of the parish.
June 2019 update
On 20 June, 2019 St. Luke’s was awarded £375,235 by The National Lottery Community Fund run a three year long activity known as Peace ‘n’ Jam.
Winter 2017 update
After widespread consultation with individuals and groups living in the Warout/Auchmuty area, lead by Our Place Auchmuty, a proposal for developing a community cafe within St. Luke’s, is being developed.
‘Peace n Jam’ community cafe will create a place to foster relationships and bring the community together, where young and old can share time and gain valuable experiences and skills; and provide opportunities to work together with and promote local projects.
Funding for the project is coming from he National Lottery Community Fund; and on 21 November, 2017, St. Luke’s was awarded development funding of £17532.
The Vestry of St. Luke’s are continuing to explore a variety of funding sources such as Our Place Funding from the Big Lottery Fund.
With complete funding from Our Place Auchmuty, the parish rooms at No.58 have been redecorated and the chairs have been reupholstered.
Over the summer months, members of the congregation along with the Rev’d Gerry Dillon, rolled up their sleeves and got to work:
- We removed the pews and replaced them with comfortable chairs.
- We demolished the raised platform and cupola.
- We disconnected and removed old heaters.