Castlemilk start to build for the future
Castlemilk Parish Church are set to start work on their new building - and they’re looking for locals to give them a helping hand.
The church will be using wood from the old Castlemilk West and East churches to create new things for the church, with the aim for work to be completed by summer 2016.
The Rev Sarah Brown said: “We’re taking the pews from the old building and using them for items in the new one.
“It’s quite important to have that connection to the old churches, and through using the pews we should be able to do that.
“We’re looking for volunteers, either with previous woodwork experience or not, who could help us out.”
The church are hoping that people who might have been out of work for a while, or who are looking for some company, will come along to the workshop sessions and get involved.
There are all sorts of jobs the church are looking to do, so people will be welcomed no matter their skill level.
Castlemilk East and West churches became a union back in 2012.
There’s a long- term vision in mind for the group, too.
“The project should carry on for at least three years, even after the new building is completed, and eventually become completely self-sufficient
“There’s been a lot of change in the past few years, so this is now the big push for the future.
“We want the church to belong to the whole community, not just the congregation, and hopefully volunteers can help us create a new space, and share ownership of it that way.”
The church has also had other projects on the go recently, with their polar explorers club proving a hit - and also showing off some creative skills of church members after they built a igloo out of empty milk cartons!
And they’ve been helping reach out to the community in other ways, too.
Sarah added: “There’s an arts project that we’ve been doing. We’ve been taking an i-pad and visiting people who maybe can’t get out and about as much now, or who can’t get up and down stairs that easily .
“We ask them their favourite hymn, which we will then sing in church, while they sing along at home.
“It’s another way of keeping involved with the community.”
Anyone interested in getting involved with making new things for the church can contact them on 0141 237 690 or by emailing at castlemilkcarpentersworkshop@ gmail.com
The sessions will take place on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, and the woodwork project - also known as Castlemilk Carpenter’s Workshop - will be meeting at Unit E6 at the Glenwood Business Centre, just behind the swimming pool.
It’s important to have a connection to the old churches, and we should be able to do that
Pew and Cry John Elder and Rev Sarah Brown launch the new initiative