Kind-hearted lo­cals sup­port the Mis­sion

Rutherglen Reformer - - News From The Pews - Jonathan Ged­des

The re­cent Harvest Thanks­giv­ing ser­vices saw plenty of gen­eros­ity from churches through­out Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang.

Many made do­na­tions to the Lodg­ing House Mis­sion, the Glas­gow char­ity ded­i­cated to pro­vid­ing sup­port to home­less, vul­ner­a­ble and so­cially ex­cluded peo­ple.

Among the churches get­ting in­volved were Cam­bus­lang Parish Church, and the Rev Les­lie Milton was de­lighted at such a strong con­tri­bu­tion from the con­gre­ga­tion.

He said: “Ev­ery year we do­nate to the Lodg­ing House Mis­sion and the con­gre­ga­tion gave gen­er­ously.

“The mis­sion has been there since 1909 and the ser­vice they pro­vide is so im­por­tant - they are able to pro­vide sup­port and a good break­fast or lunch to those that are vul­ner­a­ble.

“Ev­ery­one here has been re­ally en­thu­si­as­tic at sup­port­ing them and the work they do over the years, and this year we had a strong amount of do­na­tions as usual.

“We took three packed cars up there, filled with goods - they pro­vide a list of things they’re need­ing, which is mostly non per­ish­ables and tinned goods. “They also pro­vide food parcels too. “As the weather turns and we go into the au­tumn and win­ter it be­comes even more im­por­tant to be able to of­fer peo­ple help, which the mis­sion does.

“It’s hugely en­cour­ag­ing to see the way that peo­ple re­spond in this way and that they show they are aware of the need to help those in times of need.”

The Harvest cel­e­bra­tions had kicked off on the Satur­day night with Messy Harvest, part of the Messy Church se­ries, where chil­dren at the church made a fan­tas­tic harvest ban­ner us­ing their hands and a lot of paint.

The ban­ner was then dis­played on the pulpit dur­ing the Sun­day ser­vice.

The Lodg­ing House Mis­sion has the aim of get­ting to the root causes of prob­lems and help­ing ser­vice users take the nec­es­sary steps to make pos­i­tive life changes and live in­de­pen­dently.

They pro­vide ed­u­ca­tion , ac­tiv­i­ties, food, phone and in­ter­net ac­cess and the chance to have a shower.

More in­for­ma­tion can be found at www. lhm-glas­

Cam­bus­lang Parish Church will also be be­gin­ning a se­ries of Evan­gel­i­cal Ser­vices, start­ing on Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 25 at 6.30pm in the Kirkhall Church Hall.

Those who want to learn about the gospel are en­cour­aged to at­tend and to bring a friend if they wish.

Speak­ing will be Cap­tain David L Bev­eridge.

Les­lie added: “These will be a very wel­com­ing way to en­cour­age peo­ple to learn about the gospel.”

Harvest Rev Les­lie Milton, pic­tured with new el­ders Maleen Meek and Fiona Hamil­ton, wel­comed the do­na­tions

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