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Church snaps up building after outgrowing home

posted 31 May 2011, 04:20 by David Rintoul   [ updated 31 May 2011, 04:32 ]

A church which has grown too big for its own building is taking over a landmark city centre venue.

Morningside Baptist Church will move into the historic Methodist Central Hall at Tollcross after buying the premises for more than £1 million.

It's the second move for the congregation in recent years. First, the church outgrew its original 300-capacity home at Holy Corner and transferred its services to the former Braid Church, in Nile Grove, which could accommodate 600.

But the Church of Scotland has now sold that building and developers have been given the go-ahead to turn it into a restaurant and performing arts centre.