The JAM Shop
The new JAM Activity Centre was opened officially on 4th November 2023 by Dr. Lisa Cameron MP.
Open on Saturday afternoons from 1:00-5:00pm
It is completely free, and everyone is welcome to explore the exhibits and presentations. There are chill out areas and different games for young people to enjoy, and staff are on hand to answer questions.
In 2008 the JAM Trust acquired an empty shop unit in East Kilbride town centre, thanks to the EK town centre management.
This was for a Christmas exhibition where the true meaning of Christmas was portrayed through multi-media displays and activities. Shoppers could take time out from the busy commercialism of the Christmas period to learn about the birth of Jesus and the relevance of his life and death for us today.
After that the Jam Trust was given the use of a shop unit opposite the ice rink for use all year round. This was normally open on a Saturday between 1pm and 5pm. There were activities and presentations showing the events from creation to Christ, and staff were on hand to answer any questions. There was also a chill-out zone for youth. The shop did not sell anything, but instead presented the message of Christianity through displays and multi-media exhibits.
During special times like Easter and Christmas the shop is open on weekdays where interactive displays are available.
In the summer of 2015 the shop was moved due to Town Centre refurbishment. The new shop was in the Olympia, just down from the previous location. Then in summer 2016 the shop was closed due to further Town Centre refurbishment.
In April 2018 another JAM shop was opened in Cornwall Way in East Kilbride Town Centre.
The new shop – called the JAM Youth Activity Centre – was opened in November 2023.
The JAM shop in Cornwall Way:
The Olympia JAM shop (2015):
The Olympia JAM shop: