News from around the lo­cal churches

Rutherglen Reformer - - News from the Pews -

King’s Park Church likes to re­mem­ber that Christ­mas is a time for giv­ing and so, in amongst all the hus­tle and bus­tle, there will be op­por­tu­ni­ties to re­mem­ber other peo­ple who are less for­tu­nate.

This Sun­day, De­cem­ber 14, the third Sun­day of Ad­vent. there will be a re­tir­ing of­fer­ing after all of the ser­vices in aid of the Stephen Sut­ton Teenage Can­cer Trust. All ser­vices at 11am, 3pm and 6.30pm will be con­ducted by Rev San­dra Boyd and will in­clude the Sacra­ment of Holy Com­mu­nion. All wel­come.

Another char­ity that will ben­e­fit this Christ­mas is the Robin House Chil­dren’s Hospice which has been cho­sen to be the re­cip­i­ent of money raised through the church’s Christ­mas Star Ap­peal. In this ini­tia­tive, mem­bers can have their names added to a con­gre­ga­tional fam­ily Christ­mas card by mak­ing a do­na­tion to the Chil­dren’s Hospice. It is hoped that as many as pos­si­ble will con­trib­ute to this wor­thy cause.

There is also still time to support the Lodg­ing House Mis­sion, a project that cares for home­less and dis­ad­van­taged peo­ple in greater Glas­gow. They would wel­come do­na­tions of shoe­boxes con­tain­ing toi­letries, clothes and other small gifts to be dis­trib­uted to their ser­vice users at Christ­mas. The boxes should be la­belled‘Man’or‘Woman’ and should be handed in to the church by Fri­day De­cem­ber 19. Mon­e­tary do­na­tions can be given if pre­ferred.

To mark the end of Christ­mas ser­vices at the Vic­to­ria In­fir­mary, the Chap­laincy is plan­ning a spe­cial Christ­mas Carol ser­vice this Sun­day, De­cem­ber 14, at 5.45 for 6pm in the Cafe Fleure on level E.

And then, on Tues­day, De­cem­ber 23 at 6pm, there will be carol singing round the wards, some­thing that has al­ways been ap­pre­ci­ated by pa­tients, their fam­i­lies, staff and carol-singers alike. It is hoped that many con­gre­ga­tions will join to support th­ese spe­cial ser­vices.

Ruther­glen Old Parish Church’s next monthly cof­fee morn­ing will be on Satur­day, De­cem­ber 13, from 10am till noon when the usual sup­ply of cakes will be avail­able to en­joy at home, after hav­ing a tea/ cof­fee with bak­ing. This will be held in the down­stairs hall which has full ac­cess for the less able.

Cale­do­nian Voices will per­form at Stonelaw Church next Fri­day, De­cem­ber 19, and are promis­ing a suit­ably fes­tive show.

It’s the third year in a row that the choir will be ap­pear­ing at Stonelaw, and the funds raised on the night will go to­wards a good cause too, in the shape of the Cam­bus­lang and Ruther­glen Rea­chout Trust.

Cale­do­nian Voices con­sists of singers who are ei­ther em­bark­ing on a pro­fes­sional ca­reer or who are still study­ing at univer­sity, but want to keep singing in a cham­ber choir.

It’s the brain­child of Calum Fraser and Ruther­glen man An­drew McTag­gart, a for­mer Stonelaw pupil who stayed near Dry­burgh Av­enue.

The Christ­mas con­cert is on Fri­day, De­cem­ber 19, at Stonelaw Church.

Tick­ets are avail­able by email­ing info@ cale­do­nian­voices.co.uk

Croft­foot Parish is now hold­ing two Sun­day evening ser­vices each month, on the sec­ond and fourth Sun­days.

A heal­ing ser­vice will be held on the first Tues­day of each month at 7.30pm. The church will con­tinue to have the heal­ing hour from 7.30-8.30pm on the fourth Wed­nes­day of the month.

Stonelaw Parish Church is hold­ing the Meet­ing Place ev­ery week­day, where vis­i­tors can drop in, drink cof­fee, browse their range of Fair­trade prod­ucts and choose a sec­ond-hand book.

The idea of the Meet­ing Place is to pro­vide an in­for­mal, com­fort­able lo­ca­tion, open to the whole com­mu­nity, for peo­ple to drop by.

It is open ev­ery Mon­day to Fri­day, 10.30am-12.30pm, and also Thurs­day af­ter­noons 2-4pm and Wed­nes­day evenings 7.30-9.30pm.

Flemington Hall­side

Cam­bus­lang Parish Church’s com­mu­nity cafe is run­ning each week.

It is held in the Kirkhill build­ing hall and the or­gan­is­ers are invit­ing the lo­cal com­mu­nity to go along and en­joy a drink and a tasty snack in warm, com­fort­able sur­round­ings.

The cafe is open each Wed­nes­day from 10am un­til noon.

How­ever, the cafe will be closed for four con­sec­u­tive Wed­nes­days, De­cem­ber 17, 24, 31 and Jan­uary 7. They will re-open on Wed­nes­day Jan­uary 14 and look for­ward to wel­com­ing cus­tomers old and new in the New Year.

Ruther­glen West and Ward­lawhill Church’s weekly friend­ship cafe is of­fer­ing a warm wel­come.

The cafe runs ev­ery Tues­day

Burn­side Blair­beth Church is hold­ing its weekly Tues­day cof­fee morn­ing. Tea, cof­fee and home bak­ing will be served in the gath­er­ing area from 10am-noon.

The Sal­va­tion Army in Ruther­glen has a num­ber of clubs for kids run­ning each week.

On Tues­days, there’s Kids Alive! JAM (Je­sus and Me). There’s songs, crafts, games and a Bi­ble story, from 5-6.30pm ev­ery Tues­day, for ages five-11 years.

Each Wed­nes­day, there’s the Kids Club, for chil­dren aged five-11, which also runs from 5-6.30pm. There’s fun, games and a tuck shop.

There’s also the Sun­shine Cor­ner tod­dlers group, which meets ev­ery Tues­day with morn­ing and af­ter­noon ses­sions.

The morn­ing ses­sion runs from 9.45-11.30am, and in the af­ter­noon, it’s from 12.452.30pm.It is open to all pre-school aged chil­dren.

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