The Sanctuary is the main worship area in the Church, and was completely refurbished in 2015. Whilst retaining the key architectural features of the building, the pews were removed, new flexible seating was installed, the heating was upgraded and a new sound system was installed.
The Sanctuary has a seating capacity of 250, with individual seats arranged theatre style, facing the raised Chancel area at the front. There are tables around the sides and space for pushchairs, buggies etc as required. The seating can be adjusted - for example to create more space at the front by removing some rows. At the rear of the Sanctuary are further sets of tables and chairs to create a comfortable space for people to enjoy hot and cold drinks.
At the rear of the Sanctuary is a small servery area with a sink, water boilers and facilities to serve teas, coffees and biscuits. There are generous supplies of cups and tea/coffee pots.
Upstairs, there is a gallery area which includes the pipe organ and sound equipment. This area is not normally included in any hires in order to protect the equipment and pipe organ.
The entrance vestibule retains most of its original character, with the addition of electrically operated sliding glass doors on the main entrance. There are coat hooks in the vestibule area for hanging up coats and hats.
There is an accessible toilet just off the vestibule area at the rear of the Sanctuary, and a further toilet at the front of the Sanctuary. In addition, for larger events, the Hall Toilets can be accessed down the stairs.
Whilst the Sanctuary is available for hire, it’s sensitivity as our core worship space means that particular care needs to be taken to ensure that any other activities there respect the space, and events there are normally supervised by representatives of the Congregation. For example, it is used regularly for music concerts and rehearsals. Requests to book the Sanctuary are at the discretion of the Minister or in their absence the Kirk Session. Don’t be put off though - if you are interested please ask!