Praise be for drive to create new church

Turnbull High School S6 pupils handing over cheque to St Matthew's Parish Church. 16.12.11 Picture by Jamie Forbes
Turnbull High School S6 pupils handing over cheque to St Matthew's Parish Church. 16.12.11 Picture by Jamie Forbes

DEVOTED parishioners at St Matthew’s Church, in Bishopbriggs, are hoping to raise £1.5million to replace the current town centre building.

The new church will be built on the current site and is expected to hold around 500 people.

A restoration fund and fundraising committee have been set up. So far around £650,000 has been raisedfor the ambitious project.

Work on the new building is set to begin as soon as the restoration fund reaches its £1.5million target.

Monsignor Canon Hugh Bradley said: “I think the new church will benefit the whole community.

“Our old building is really looking a bit run-down and it’s beginning to need a lot of work done to it.

“It’s also not big enough for our needs and we need to expand it.

“The new church will be a good thing for Bishopbriggs.

“Our present church is open all day and I know a lot of people come in to have some quiet time.”

Built in 1950, St Matthew’s Parish Church served the whole of Bishopbriggs until St Dominic’s Church was opened in 1973.

The fundraising campaign for the new church kicked off a few years ago. It was given a generous boost last month when Turnbull High School pupil Jane Myles held a Christmas fair.

Monsignor Bradley said: “It’s very nice to get the support of Turnbull High School. The new church is a good thing for all of us.

“It will be a place to gather together and worship. People in the parish are fully behind the plans.”

FUNDING BOOST: Jane is pictured with Turnbull High pupils and head teacher Neil Roarty presenting the bumper cheque to Monsignor Canon Bradley. (K12221)