A church plant in Stirling will move to pastures new a week on Sunday having outgrown their current premises.
Stirling Free Church held its first public service on the 30th of June 2013 in a Scout hall and moved to the Smith Art Gallery and Museum in February 2014. Two years later, Rev Iain MacAskill was called from his charge at Rosskeen Free Church to the work of church planting on a five-year appointment.
At the General Assembly this year Stirling became a recognised congregation in its own right.
Having out-grown the Smith, the congregation are looking forward to relocating both Sunday Services to the newly refurbished Barracks in the heart of Stirling.
[Image: Rev. Iain MacAskill]
Mr MacAskill said, "We have enjoyed our time at the Smith and have experienced many blessings there. Last Sunday, we held a Baptism Service and hit the maximum capacity of one hundred people. The new facility will offer double that with break-out rooms available for creche and Sunday School. We are thankful to the Robertson Trust for accommodating us and keeping us informed of developments all the way through."
For the past three years, the church has also rented a former city centre betting shop, now known as The Well. This has been home to the congregation's weekly outreach activities including the Wee Wellies Toddler Group, Bible Studies, Student Ministry and evening services. However, this facility is under threat due to an application being lodged with Stirling Council for a change of use.
Mr MacAskill stated, "We are not concerned as we believe the Lord will provide as he has done in the past. Instead, we are looking to the future. Our aim is to fulfil our mission statement to make Jesus known in Stirling and beyond. We would love to see as many people as possible joining with us in our new home in The Barracks."
[Main Image © The Robertson Trust : The Barracks - Stirling]