In what is believed to be a first a former Stirling bookies has been converted into a place of worship by an innovative Stirling church.
The former Ladbrokes betting shop in Upper Craigs is now a city centre location for Stirling Free Church of Scotland. The fledging congregation is slowly outgrowing its present leased premises for an increasing number of midweek initiatives.
The new facility has been named ‘The Well’ which picks up on the biblical theme of Jesus as the water of life. It is also more than a nod at the famous Stirling landmark, St Ninian’s well on Wellgreen Place.
Stirling minister, Rev Iain MacAskill said, “We are delighted to use our new facility for reaching right into the city centre. Some may say that it’s a new model of church, but it’s really just taking the church back to where it started in the days of the New Testament, back to the streets.”
The irony of the betting shop is not lost on the congregation who believe that a culture of risk and potential loss is replaced with a message of certainties and hope.