Ruther­glen Bap­tist set for cel­e­bra­tion

Rutherglen Reformer - - Reformer view - Jonathan Ged­des

Ruther­glen Bap­tist Church are set for a spe­cial ser­vice this Sun­day (Oc­to­ber 25).

They will cel­e­brate the 120th an­niver­sary of the con­gre­ga­tion, which first be­gan in a kitchen in King Street in 1895.

This Sun­day the morn­ing ser­vice at the Green­hill Street church will start at 10.30am in­stead of 10.45am and will be fol­lowed by a soup and pud­ding lunch.

The guest speaker for the morn­ing will be Fiona Stew­art who used to work for the Reachout Trust in Ruther­glen be­fore set­ting up her own Theatre Com­pany called Fool­proof, based in Ed­in­burgh.

Fiona will be help­ing the con­gre­ga­tion think about “mis­sional com­mu­ni­ties”, while the ser­vice will also touch upon the on­go­ing re­flec­tion that church mem­bers and the con­gre­ga­tion have been in­volved in over the past 18 months.

The morn­ing will see a re­port from the Trustees up­dat­ing folks about the fi­nances, a re­struc­tur­ing of lead­er­ship and about pro­posed de­vel­op­ments for the church.

Church mem­bers are be­ing en­cour­aged to go along and share sto­ries of how their faith has grown or how they have dis­cov­ered a new un­der­stand­ing of the faith­ful­ness of God over the past year.

Over the past 18 months, the con­gre­ga­tion has been en­cour­aged to pray and pon­der over their pur­pose.

This has re­sulted in a re-af­fir­ma­tion of the mes­sage of Je­sus to “Love God and love oth­ers” and in par­tic­u­lar to con­tinue to de­velop a pres­ence that makes a dif­fer­ence in the com­mu­nity.

The Rev Ken Coul­ter said: “The 120 years has ac­tu­ally crept up on us a wee bit.

“We are one of the small­est con­gre­ga­tions in the area but also one of the old­est, and over the last wee while we have been pon­der­ing a lot of things about the church.

“There was a feel­ing that per­haps we were go­ing through the mo­tions and what other pur­pose is there for the church?

“It’s re­quired us to be hon­est with each other and dis­cuss where God is lead­ing us.

“We have seen the tremen­dous growth of the Ark out of school care and of the hall for other events, so what else can we look at in re­la­tion to those events?

“It’s been a time for re­flec­tion be­fore see­ing where God will take us for­ward for the next 120 years.”

Ken is also pleased to wel­come Fiona to the church this Sun­day.

He added: ““I knew Fiona back when she worked at the Reachout Trust and I was one of the Trustees there.

“I’ve con­tin­ued to come across her in the years since then, and al­though she has been fo­cus­ing on her theatre com­pany she has been able to keep that con­nec­tion to the con­gre­ga­tion .”

Spe­cial ser­vice

Rev Ken Coul­ter

120 Years Ruther­glen Bap­tist Church will mark this an­niver­sary next Sun­day

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