Mission conference held at Cambuslang
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