Kirkintilloch church congregation launch text appeal

Reverend Mark Johnstone
Reverend Mark Johnstone

One of Kirkintilloch’s most well-known landmarks is set for a makeover - and you can pledge your financial support with a single text.

St Mary’s Church will be 100 years old this year and Minister Mark Johnstone, who has been at the church since 2001, is hoping to carry out work which will see the building remain in good shape for the next century and beyond.

Reverend Johnstone said: “It’s really more a case of refreshing the place rather than renovating.

“The decor needs a bit of attention and we need to do the lighting, rewire the place and incorporate IT facilities.”

Perhaps the greatest concern to the church’s congregation though, is the state of the roof.

Reverend Johnstone explained: “The roof is 100 years old, so the nails holding the tiles in place are rusting away allowing the tiles to slip.

“There’s also the issue that when the church was built there was less concern about insulation so we lose a lot of heat. It’s not good for our energy bill or for the environment.”

“To be honest, it’s all the sort of work that people will hardly notice when it’s done, but it will make the place seem fresher and get us in a good position for the future.”

The latest fundraising scheme allows supporters to donate £5 to the ‘Special Projects Fund’ by text.

If all goes well the work will be carried out within the next two or three years.

If you would like to donate £5 to the roof fund just text ‘ROOF14’ TO 70070.

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