Weekend of celebration
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