Mis­sion con­fer­ence held at Cam­bus­lang

Rutherglen Reformer - - News from the Pews - Jonathan Ged­des

Cam­bus­lang Parish Church last week played host to a mis­sion con­fer­ence for many of the lo­cal churches through­out Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang.

Around 50 to 60 peo­ple at­tended the free event, which in­cluded wor­ship, a speech by Johnny Dou­glas of the Lon­don In­sti­tute for Con­tem­po­rary Chris­tian­ity, and work­shops that ex­am­ined a va­ri­ety of dif­fer­ent as­pects of faith.

The mis­sion con­fer­ence aimed to help church mem­bers find ways of tak­ing the church for­ward in the com­mu­nity, and was or­gan­ised by Gary Wylie, the chair of the Rea­chout Trust’s man­ag­ing com­mit­tee and a parish­ioner of Burn­side Blair­beth Church.

It saw plenty of dis­cus­sion on mis­sion in the com­mu­ni­ties take place, along with shar­ing in­for­ma­tion on what God is do­ing in the com­mu­ni­ties al­ready.

Gary said: “The day went well -it was re­ally to open the lo­cal churches’ eyes to what they can do, and to try and en­thuse and in­spire them.

“We had Johnny Dou­glas come up from Lon­don, and speak about lo­cal peo­ple in churches, the church’s place within the com­mu­nity and what more they can do within that.

“It’s all about get­ting that bal­ance about what the church should be do­ing, and how they can en­gage within that com­mu­nity be­yond things like fun days.”

Another as­pect of the con­fer­ence was hav­ing sev­eral work­shops that ex­am­ined dif­fer­ent as­pects of faith, from prayer to mis­sion in the work­place.

Gary added: “There were also work­shops on the day that looked at cer­tain things, such as hav­ing con­fi­dence with your faith, or faith in schools.

“The work­shops were able to fo­cus on spe­cific el­e­ments and look at them in more de­tail.

“There’s al­ways a per­cep­tion about faith, but what we were re­ally try­ing to achieve with the con­fi­dence with your faith work­shop was look­ing at re­la­tion­ships - it isn’t about stand­ing and shout­ing at peo­ple to ex­press your faith, but peo­ple will in­evitably come to ask you about it, and why you’re do­ing things like volunteering in food­banks, or what your mo­ti­va­tion is for do­ing that.

“So the work­shop looked at ways that you would ex­press that, and also looked about chang­ing the church’s per­cep­tion in the com­mu­nity as a whole.

“We had most of the lo­cal church lead­ers there, and there was plenty of en­thu­si­asm about what was be­ing dis­cussed in the work­shops.”

It was re­ally to open the churches’ eyes to what they can do

Cam­bus­lang Parish Church

Hosted the mis­sion con­fer­ence

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