Mem­bers have say on build­ing’s fu­ture

Rutherglen Reformer - - News from the Pews - Kenny Smith

Cam­bus­lang Parish Church mem­bers will have their say on the fu­ture of the church’s Kirkhill sanc­tu­ary build­ing next Sun­day.

The Re­former re­vealed in June that plans were be­ing dis­cussed be­tween the church - formed in 2008, from the merger of three Church of Scot­land con­gre­ga­tions within the town, Cam­bus­lang Old Parish, Trin­ity St Paul’s and St An­drew’s - and lo­cal vol­un­tary or­gan­i­sa­tion Light­burn El­derly As­so­ci­a­tion Pro­ject (LEAP).

LEAPis in­ter­ested in tak­ing on the build­ing, but if this is to hap­pen, the move has to be ap­proved by the con­gre­ga­tion and the kirk ses­sion.

In a let­ter sent to all mem­bers of the con­gre­ga­tion, Rev Dr Les­lie Milton said: “The church build­ing at Kirkhill is an im­por­tant site in the history of Cam­bus­lang. Kirk ses­sion is aware that this build­ing is cur­rently un­der­used, and its cur­rent use does not serve our mis­sion as a Chris­tian con­gre­ga­tion.

“We have been con­sid­er­ing whether there are ways of al­low­ing the build­ing to be used that will re­spect its place at the cen­tre of our com­mu­nity.

“The kirk ses­sion has con­cluded that now might be an ap­pro­pri­ate time to in­ves­ti­gate al­ter­na­tive uses for the Kirkhill sanc­tu­ary.

“We have en­tered pre­lim­i­nary dis­cus­sions with LEAP, a lo­cal group pro­vid­ing ser­vices for older peo­ple across the area, and they are in­ter­ested in tak­ing the build­ing on and ren­o­vat­ing it so that it might be a cen­tre of their ac­tiv­ity.

“It needs to be stressed that at this stage only pre­lim­i­nary dis­cus­sions have been held, and the kirk ses­sion wishes to bring rec­om­men­da­tions for the fu­ture of the build­ing in or­der that a fi­nal de­ci­sion can be taken.

“Any de­ci­sion to al­low the church build­ing to be trans­ferred out of the keep­ing of Cam­bus­lang Parish Church needs to be taken by a meet­ing of the con­gre­ga­tion, and is not a de­ci­sion of the Kirk Ses­sion alone.”

A dis­cus­sion will take place this Sun­day, al­low­ing the con­gre­ga­tion to dis­cuss the mat­ter amongst them­selves.

Rev Dr Milton con­tin­ued: “Kirk ses­sion is en­thu­si­as­tic in its sup­port for con­tin­u­ing con­ver­sa­tions with LEAP. We are ex­cited about the pos­si­bil­ity that the build­ing would be brought back into daily use, and we are also keen that such use would hon­our the her­itage of that site.

“In dis­cus­sion the fu­ture of the Kirkhill sanc­tu­ary build­ing the kirk ses­sion placed ser­vice to the com­mu­nity and the hon­our­ing of the site’s her­itage as a higher pri­or­ity than fi­nan­cial gain.

“If this pro­posal comes to fruition we would no longer have own­er­ship of, or re­spon­si­bil­ity for, the Kirkhill sanc­tu­ary build­ing.”

We are ex­cited about the pos­si­bil­ity of the build­ing be­ing brought back into daily use

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