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Fern­hill and Cathkin is hold­ing a Christ­in­gle ser­vice to­mor­row (Thurs­day, De­cem­ber 18).

Christ­in­gles are be­com­ing one of the most popular events in the church cal­en­dar for fam­i­lies and com­mu­ni­ties.

Although each church and school cel­e­brate their Christ­in­gle in their own way, the spirit re­mains the same - chil­dren have fun mak­ing their Christ­in­gles while learn­ing what each el­e­ment rep­re­sents and means to Chris­tians.

After Christ­in­gles have been made, ser­vices and cel­e­bra­tions in­volv­ing the lo­cal com­mu­nity take place that usu­ally in­clude songs, prayers and per­for­mances. The high­light of all the events is the light­ing of the Christ­in­gle can­dles, which is loved by chil­dren and adults alike.

This will be the first time one has been held at the church, and they will be joined by the Ersk­ine Com­mu­nity Choir.

The Christ­in­gle Con­cert will take at 7.30pm.

The Christ­mas Eve ser­vice will take place in the church 9.00pm and Christ­mas Day ser­vice in the small hall at 10.30am.

The chil­dren’s na­tiv­ity ser­vice is on De­cem­ber 21 in the church at 11.15am.

Ruther­glen United Re­formed Church, at 69 Johnstone Drive, have con­firmed their Christ­mas ser­vices.

On Sun­day, De­cem­ber 21, the 11am ser­vice will in­clude the per­for­mance of this year’s na­tiv­ity play. What? Now!

The play will be per­formed by mem­bers of the J-Team and retells the story of the na­tiv­ity in an en­ter­tain­ing yet mean­ing­ful way. The ser­vice will be fol­lowed by re­fresh­ments in the hall.

On Wed­nes­day, De­cem­ber 24, the will hold a twi­light ser­vice at 6.30pm. The theme for this all-age ser­vice is Inn - The Story. The ser­vice will be­gin in the‘Inn’(church hall) be­fore they then move to the ‘sta­ble’as we re­flect on the mean­ing of Christ’s birth. Re­fresh­ments in the hall fol­low­ing the ser­vice.

On Wed­nes­day they also hold a watch night ser­vice at 11.30pm. The theme this year is A Golden Mo­ment, as they fo­cus on one of the three gifts given to the baby Je­sus by the wise men. Re­fresh­ments in the hall fol­low­ing the ser­vice.

On De­cem­ber 25, they have the Christ­mas Day ser­vice at 10.30am. The con­gre­ga­tion will gather around the sta­ble and cel­e­brate the birth of Je­sus.

A can­dle­light carol evening is be­ing held at Ruther­glen West and Ward­lawhill Church.

The harden team are host­ing their an­nual evening this Fri­day, De­cem­ber 19, and ex­tend a warm in­vite to ev­ery­one.

A spokesman said:“What a great way to start Christ­mas, to­gether singing car­ols and Christ­mas songs -Ru­dolph is al­ways sang with great gusto by the chil­dren and the adults too!

“We will com­mence carolling at the War Memo­rial at 7pm and then pro­ceed to our halls in Western Av­enue to con­tinue the pro­gramme.

“If you are un­able to join us the Memo­rial, please come along to the halls at 3 Western Av­enue for 7.30pm.

“So, for­get about the shop­ping, the par­celling and let the true mean­ing of Christ­mas be­gin in the west end of Ruther­glen.

“A light meal of baked pota­toes/warm punch/mince pies, plus much more, will be served. We look for­ward to shar­ing this spe­cial Christ­mas event with you.”

Bankhead Pri­mary School Choir are the en­ter­tain­ers on Thurs­day Novem­ber 18, at King’s Park Church’s monthly lunch club in the church hall be­tween noon and 2pm. All are in­vited to come along and lis­ten to the choir while en­joy­ing a nu­tri­tious three course meal, all for the very rea­son­able price of £3.

On Sun­day at 11am the Christ­mas fam­ily ser­vice takes place with the na­tiv­ity story be­ing per­formed by the younger chil­dren. At night the evening wor­ship is at 6.30pm with car­ols round the Christ­mas tree.

On Christ­mas Eve, there will be two ser­vices – at 6.30pm fam­i­lies can en­joy hot choco­late and marsh­mal­lows fol­lowed by the usual fun-filled fam­ily ser­vice at 7pm. And then later on, to see in Christ­mas Day, there will be a Watch Night ser­vice be­gin­ning at 11.15pm, with hot choco­late and marsh­mal­lows served be­fore­hand from 10.45pm. On Christ­mas Day, ev­ery­one is in­vited to Je­sus’birth­day ser­vice at 10am. Chil­dren can bring their Christ­mas gifts and toys.

Burn­side Blair­beth Church is hold­ing an all-age Christ­mas ser­vice at 10.30am on De­cem­ber 21.

The church has a num­ber of ser­vices lined up. The Christ­mas Eve ser­vice at 7pm , an all age crib ser­vice, will take place at theBurn­side build­ing, and at 8pm, a tra­di­tional carol ser­vice will be held at the Rodger Memo­rial Build­ing, Blair­beth. At 11.30pm there will be a watch night ser­vice in the Burn­side build­ing. On Christ­mas Day is the 10.30am fam­ily ser­vice, also at the Burn­side build­ing.

A Watch­night Ser­vice will be held in Ruther­glen Old Parish Church on Christ­mas Eve at 11.30pm, ac­com­pa­nied by the Sal­va­tion Army Band.

Ev­ery­one will be made most wel­come, and tea/cof­fee will be avail­able from 11pm.

The Sal­va­tion Army will hold a carol ser­vice this Sun­day, De­cem­ber 21.

It will take place at 3.30pm in the Sal­va­tion Army hall on King Street.

St Cuth­bert’s Cam­bus­lang are hold­ing Christ­mas ser­vices with their joint charges, with a ser­vice at 11.30pm on Christ­mas Eve in St An­drew’s in Ud­dingston. There will also be a 10.30am Christ­mas morn­ing ser­vice in St An­drew’s.

At Cam­bus­lang Bap­tist Church there will be a Christ­mas carol ser­vice on Sun­day, De­cem­ber 21, at 6.30pm, with mince pies af­ter­wards, ev­ery­one wel­come. There will be a fam­ily-style ser­vice on Christ­mas Day at 10.30am, ev­ery­one wel­come.

Croft­foot Parish will hold its Christ­mas Eve ser­vice at 11.15pm, and Christ­mas Day ser­vice at 10.30am.

They will also be Carol singing round the dis­trict on De­cem­ber 22 and 23 at 7pm, col­lect­ing for chil­dren’s char­i­ties.

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