Kind-hearted locals support the Mission
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-glasgow.org.uk
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