News from around the local churches
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.