The Fortrose Free Church building project is expected to reach completion by mid-September this year.
The new purpose-built church is expected to cost around £880,000, most of which has already been raised by the congregation themselves although there are still some funds to be raised.
Fortrose minister Rev. Sandy Sutherland said, “We are busy still trying to raise funding as we are £178k adrift of the new building’s cost. We have £170k in loans in place to ‘download’ but we obviously want to reduce this if possible.”
[Wiring Being Installed]
The congregation have been pulling out all the stops to raise money for the project including a sterling effort by one elder.
“One of our elders, Donnie Cumming with friend Fred Lees of Dingwall Free Church, drove the North Coast 500 in 14 hours and raised £2,800!”, added Mr Sutherland.
[Part of The North Coast 500]
The new building will replace the one which shared the same site. It had been used for over a century but due to structural engineering problems it was slowly sinking and the necessary repairs – thought to run into hundreds of thousands of pounds – would not make financial sense nor greatly increase its expected lifespan.
[Interior Fitting Being Carried Out]
The work on the building has now gathered pace with all the trades fully involved.
“The electricians, painters, plumbers are all on site. We have a great design team made up of congregation members who have overviewed the design of the kitchen, colour schemes, etc. The kitchen is ready to fit, our last kitchen was a sink in a cupboard!”
“We’d like to thank everyone who has contributed to the project so far and would ask that you would continue to pray for us as we look to complete this project.”
Source: Free Church of Scotland