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New Baptist church for Dumfries

Dumfries Baptist Church has been given the go-ahead to build a new £3.5 million complex.

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New Baptist church for Dumfries

Dumfries Baptist Church has been given the go-ahead to build a new £3.5 million complex.

The congregation has outgrown the current building and needs a larger premises. The new community church will house a cafe, meeting rooms, a 400-seat worship room and a sports hall with changing facilities.

"So the purpose and the vision of it is to not just find a bigger house for Dumfries Baptist church to live in, and for its people to go and worship there. It's to provide a meeting place where people can come and be together, hopefully find out something about the Christian face, but for the building to benefit the local community."

– Rev Alistair Purss, Senior Pastor

The new building will sit on a 3 acre plot pf land next to the Medical Centre in Georgetown. Along with parking for 100 cars, it will house a cafe, meeting rooms, a four hundred seat worship room, and a sports hall with changing facilities.

The site alone cost almost £300,000 and most of the money was raised by the congregation. But there's still a lot of work to be done to raise the 3.5 million:

"It's a number that would scare any person. We haven't reached that point where we can go and build a building next week or even next year. But in faith people have given generously and sacrificially, so we're in a good position to build for the future but we've a long way to go."

– Rev Alistair Purss, Senior Pastor

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