Thought for the Week

Rutherglen Reformer - - NEWS FROM THE PEWS -

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

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