Com­mu­nion Ta­ble dis­cov­ered in Go­van

Rutherglen Reformer - - News From The Pews -

Ruther­glen church go- ers re­cently had a happy re­union with an item of sig­nif­i­cance.

They spot­ted the Com­mu­nion Ta­ble from the old West Parish Church, which was be­ing used at a Pres­bytery meet­ing in Glas­gow.

The ta­ble has a long and proud his­tory.

One lo­cal church mem­ber, who asked to re­main anony­mous, said: “In 1936, to mark the cen­te­nary of the West Parish Church in Chapel Street a ‘ hand­some and dig­ni­fied’ Com­mu­nion Ta­ble was in­stalled. It was the third Com­mu­nion Ta­ble the church had used over the cen­tury.

“After the re-union in 1965 of the West Parish and the for­mer Munro Church, the Com­mu­nion Ta­ble was taken round the cor­ner to the new West Parish Church build­ing in Glas­gow Road - the street name was changed to Western Av­enue in the sum­mer of 1974 - for safe keep­ing.

“When the sanc­tu­ary was closed for ur­gent re­pairs and re­dec­o­ra­tion from Easter Day, un­til early June 1967, that Com­mu­nion Ta­ble was used in the main hall, along with the Ham­mond or­gan from the old church.

“The Rev Al­lan Bowie was, at the time, the Pres­by­te­rial Su­per­in­ten­dent in the Go­van area of Glas­gow. He dis­cov­ered that one of the churches in that dis­trict had no Com­mu­nion Ta­ble. The top of the or­gan con­sole was used for the pur­pose. This was St Mary’s Parish Church. It had been built in the 1870s. As it was of no fur­ther use in the West Parish that con­gre­ga­tion in Go­van was of­fered the ta­ble.

“A struc­tural al­ter­ation was un­der­taken in­volv­ing the re­moval of some pews, and the build­ing of a plat­form on which the Ruther­glen Com­mu­nion Ta­ble still rests 45 years after it was gifted.

“St Mary’s is the build­ing in which the Pres­bytery of Glas­gow hold their monthly meet­ings. It is now called Go­van and Lint­house Parish Church, hav­ing been in­volved in nu­mer­ous unions over the years.

“See­ing the 78-year-old Com­mu­nion Ta­ble be­ing used put lumps of a pleas­ant and proud na­ture in the throats of sev­eral Ru­glo­ni­ans who have been at­tend­ing Pres­bytery meet­ings over the last year or so.”

Happy re­union The old Com­mu­nion Ta­ble from Ruther­glen West Parish Church was spot­ted at a re­cent Glas­gow Pres­bytery meet­ing

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