It’s an excellent eighty at Croftfoot
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.”
Face paint pals Caitlin Kilpatrick (4) and Kayla Fox (3)
On the ball Luke Doran (7), Devin Patrick (10) and Harris Patrick (7)