It’s an ex­cel­lent eighty at Croft­foot

Rutherglen Reformer - - News From The Pews - Jonathan Ged­des

Croft­foot United Free Church marked their 80th an­niver­sary with a sunny cel­e­bra­tion re­cently.

The church held an out­door com­mu­nity event, wel­com­ing lo­cals to a host of fun ac­tiv­i­ties.

Then they held an af­ter­noon disco for kids, and fol­lowed that up with a youth cafe in the evening for teenagers.

The church’s Mar­ion Mil­li­gan helped to or­gan­ise the day and stressed that the week­end events were aimed at keep­ing the church ac­tive among the lo­cal com­mu­nity. She said: “It was a fan­tas­tic day. “We re­ally wanted a day where the com­mu­nity could come out and en­joy them­selves, and en­joy ev­ery­thing that was go­ing on.

“That’s what we’ve been try­ing to do all year, mak­ing peo­ple aware that we’re here and that we’re in­volved with the com­mu­nity.

“There was a lot of plan­ning that went into the day, and we tried to pub­li­cise it as much as we could, by let­ting the schools know and hav­ing leaflets up in the lo­cal shops. It was a com­plete com­mu­nity ef­fort.”

“On the day we had a mar­quee and a bouncy castle, and there was face paint­ing, glit­tery tat­toos and things like that.

We had pipers and dancers there, which added mu­sic to the day.

“And there were lots of games go­ing on, like Beat the Goalie, fun things like that, as well as hav­ing mem­bers of the po­lice there.

“There was a pup­pet show and free fruit - we re­ally tried to have as much go­ing on as pos­si­ble.

“We were lucky with the weather, be­cause it was ab­so­lutely lovely.

“Then later on we had the disco in­doors and then the youth cafe at night.

“There were about 30 to 40 kids en­joy­ing it.

“There were a few bumps, bruises and aches and pains at the end of the day be­cause ev­ery­one had worked so hard, though!”

The church has also been ac­tive in other ways.

Mar­ion added: “We’ve raised over £ 1500 for good causes over the past year.

“We’ve been help­ing adop­tion so­ci­eties and lots of other good causes.”

To­gether with King’s Park Church, Croft­foot Parish Church and To­ry­glen Parish Church they are work­ing to­gether un­der the head­ing Lo­cal Churches To­gether, aimed at unit­ing the lo­cal churches and work­ing to­gether on var­i­ous projects.

Plans are afoot to se­cure fund­ing for a new bus to serve the area, and the church in­tend to car­ry­out ad­di­tional work on their premises.

And the church are con­tin­u­ing their weekly Fri­day drop-in cafe.

T and the Cross takes ev­ery Fri­day from 10am to noon.

Mar­ion said: “We want to have the church as a com­mu­nity hub.

“We’re plan­ning another event on Satur­day Oc­to­ber 18, and will hope­fully be do­ing more ev­ery month.

“And we have the cafe open ev­ery Fri­day, and all are welcome to at­tend.”

Art at­tack

Face paint pals Caitlin Kil­patrick (4) and Kayla Fox (3)

On the ball Luke Do­ran (7), Devin Pa­trick (10) and Harris Pa­trick (7)

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