Week­end of cel­e­bra­tion

Rutherglen Reformer - - News From The Pews - Kenny Smith

Ruther­glen United Re­formed Church cel­e­brated the 114th an­niver­sary of the found­ing of Ruther­glen Con­gre­ga­tional Church.

The first ser­vice of Ruther­glen Con­gre­ga­tional Church was held on May 19, 1901, in the Har­riet Street Hall.

Many of those who formed that con­gre­ga­tion had been mem­bers of the Evan­gel­i­cal Union Church in the town but had left en-masse – their rea­sons for do­ing so have not been un­earthed as yet!

Af­ter wor­ship­ping there for two years, the con­gre­ga­tion then moved into a pur­pose-built church on East Main Street and re­mained there un­til 1935 when they moved into their cur­rent build­ing on Johnstone Drive.

On April 1, 2000, as a re­sult of a union be­tween the Con­gre­ga­tional Union of Scot­land and the United Re­formed Church, the church be­came known as Ruther­glen United Re­formed Church.

The week­end of cel­e­bra­tion be­gan with a very suc­cess­ful can­dlelit din­ner on the Satur­day evening, when 80 church mem­bers and friends were wined and dined in style be­fore en­joy­ing some ex­cel­lent en­ter­tain­ment from Ayr singer Nick McCann.

Dr Gra­ham Tem­ple­ton led a vote of thanks which, as well as thank­ing Nick for his per­for­mance, ex­pressed the ap­pre­ci­a­tion of all present for the hard work un­der­taken by Ann An­der­son, May Paton, He­len McIn­tosh and Jean Withey­man in pre­par­ing such a de­li­cious meal in the church kitchens.

He also thanked the team of wait­resses and wait­ers which in­cluded the Rev John San­der­son.

On Sun­day morn­ing the an­niver­sary ser­vice was led by Lawrence Moore, direc­tor of the Win­der­mere Cen­tre, a URC res­i­den­tial con­fer­ence cen­tre. Lawrence’s ser­mon was chal­leng­ing, inspiring and en­ter­tain­ing.

Later in the ser­vice mem­bers of the J-Team and FURY Groups sang two songs. Tea and Cof­fee was served by the Church Fel­low­ship Group fol­low­ing the ser­vice and an en­joy­able time of fel­low­ship was had by all.

Birth­day bash can­dlelit din­ner

Ruther­glen United Re­formed Church marks its 114th birth­day with a

Din­ner speaker Nick McCann speaks at the can­dlelit din­ner for Ruther­glen United Re­formed Church

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