Fresh ap­peal for the home­less

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Kenny Smith

Stonelaw Parish Church’s Meet­ing Place com­mu­nity cafe got into the fes­tive spirit in style.

The Car­ols by Can­dle­light ser­vice proved to be a big hit with all who went along to the church on De­cem­ber 18, where a se­lec­tion of songs were played by a group of tal­ented mu­si­cians.

Ear­lier in the month, Stonelaw was vis­ited by Stu­art Weir from CARE ( Scot­land) shar­ing at a morn­ing ser­vice.

CARE (Christian Ac­tion Re­search and Ed­u­ca­tion) is a Christian char­ity help­ing the churches to bring Christian in­sight and ex­pe­ri­ence to mat­ters of pub­lic pol­icy and prac­ti­cal car­ing ini­tia­tives. CARE is rep­re­sented in the UK Par­lia­ments and As­sem­blies, at the EU in Brussels and the UN in Geneva and New York.

Its goals are to pro­mote Christian ac­tion, re­search and ed­u­ca­tion to support chil­dren, sin­gle peo­ple, mar­riage and fam­ily life ef­fec­tively; en­cour­age Chris­tians to pray for so­ci­ety and to recog­nise the dig­nity and worth of ev­ery in­di­vid­ual per­son from fer­til­i­sa­tion to life’s nat­u­ral end; as­sist Chris­tians to un­der­stand so­cial and moral is­sues in pub­lic pol­icy, ed­u­ca­tion and the com­mu­nity; chal­lenge Chris­tians to be­come ac­tively in­volved in the demo­cratic process, to be ef­fec­tive salt and light where there is a need for truth and jus­tice; and equip Chris­tians to show the love of Christ in their com­mu­ni­ties through prac­ti­cal car­ing.

The church is also look­ing ahead to next month, to support the home­less.

Ja­nis Neil, con­venor of the Na­tional Mis­sion Team, said: “The Na­tional Mis­sion Team is al­ready look­ing ahead to Home­less­ness Sun­day, on Jan­uary 25.

“Plans are still be­ing made as to how ex­actly we will mark Home­less­ness Sun­day, but one thing we know for sure, we need un­der­wear again.

“We seek to support the Lodg­ing House Mis­sion in as prac­ti­cal a way as pos­si­ble, so we al­ways ask them what they would like us to col­lect dur­ing the month of Jan­uary, in the run up to Home­less­ness Sun­day.

“This year they have asked that you do­nate un­der­wear again.

“The Lodg­ing House Mis­sion has re­quested men’s un­der­wear - and mostly small sizes please, as it will mainly be go­ing to rough sleep­ers, who are of slim build.

“So, although you do not need to bring the un­der­wear to church un­til Jan­uary, we thought we would give you plenty of no­tice in case you spot any in the sales.”

Vis­i­tor Rev Alis­tair May wel­comed Stu­art Weir from Christian Ac­tion Re­search and Ed­u­ca­tion Scot­land to a re­cent ser­vice at Stonelaw Parish Church

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