Thought for the Week
This week in Cambuslang the Churches have been holding their annual holiday club. From Monday to Friday around 60 children came together to sing and play games, do crafts and hear stories about Christian faith.
As the summer holidays come to an end we have seen the excitement of children who will be going to school for the first time. We have also shared in the excitement of some of our helpers who were waiting for exam results, and who now know that they have secured college or university places.
At this time of year much of our thoughts go to young folk who have received results, and the joy and disappointment when the certificates finally arrive. We sense the pressure on older pupils to do well in important exams.
It’s easy to see grades as the mark of a successful education, but learning is more than about passing tests - it’s about being gaining the skills to live good, full lives, it’s about being able to work with others, about being confident, about thinking beyond ourselves to understand the world we are all part of.
In Christianity the word used for those who follow Jesus is “disciple”, and while that word has come to be used mainly in Christianity, it literally means “someone who learns”, and in common with other faiths, Christians are people who are dedicated to learning how to live well. We never stop learning.
This week many of us will be celebrating with young people in our families who are taking big steps into new adventures.
We want to give them all support and encouragement, and recognise the dedication of the teachers who will play such an important part in their lives. We wish all our young people well in the new year that is starting. Rev. Dr. Leslie Milton, Cambuslang Parish Church