St Oswald’s launch men’s shed project
At this time of year there are always lots of Facebook updates from my friend Mairi who is a farmer.
She breeds Zwartble sheep and springtime is lambing season.
When we see the spring lambs prancing it brings a smile to our faces, however for Mairi it’s a time full of mixed emotions.
Most years she loses either lambs or their mums during the birth.
This year, just before Easter one of the ewes died in labour through the night, bringing sadness to the whole family.
However the Easter weekend brought lovely news of twins born on Easter Sunday, and then on Easter Monday quadruplets, two wwe lambs and two Tup lambs, apparently quadruplets are very rare, especially with a combined weight of 27.2kgs.
It is often, quite truly said, that there can be no Easter without the sadness of Good Friday, and this story of my friend reminds me of the sadness preceding the joy of new life.
This seems an appropriate story for Easter – with its themes of love, death and new life.
On Good Friday, Jesus knows the reality of pain and suffering. And then there are those profound words from the cross that we hear in the gospels, ‘My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?’ Jesus felt himself to be forsaken by God, but then the joy of the resurrection – of new life.
We might be tempted to think that the Easter story is like that story of the lambs, of death and of new life.
But of course it’s not quite that. The risen Jesus is not simply brought back to life. The new life he enters is through and beyond death – it is vibrant, new life.
God, who is our Good Shepherd, breathes new life into us, so that we can live, really live, in the light and joy of the risen Christ. Alison Kennedy Flemington Hallside Church
St Oswald’s Church are on a manhunt for a new project.
The King’s Park parish have just set up the Men’s Shed initiative, and they’re hoping the whole community will get involved.
Men’s Sheds were originally started in Australia, with the aim of providing a place where men can meet up, talk to each other, discover new interests and learn new skills.
The church already has development worker Willie Whitelaw in place, and it’s open to men of all faiths.
St Oswald’s priest the Rev Lesley-Ann Craddock said: “We’re looking for men in the Rutherglen area who have time on their hands and are looking for a space of their own.
“It will start in a large room in the church building but eventually it will move outside to a building of our own if we get the funding.
“It’ll be a place for them to sit, chat and do things they want to do. Hopefully the way it will express itself is men teaching men, so if a man has, say, a way of cooking a dish they’ll be able to teach others that, or if someone can explain how to strip a motor down then they can do that.
“The best thing about it will be that it’s for men of ages and abilities, so if someone thinks they might not be capable of doing things like that, then they’ll be given enough time to learn.”
Lesley-Anne was previously involved in setting up similar projects when she stayed in England, and the initiative was something she was keen to bring to the Castlemilk Road church.
It forms part of her plan for St Oswald’s, which is to have the church involved in all of the local community.
However she’s hoping that the project will be even bigger in St Oswald’s than before.
She added: “This is the first time we’ve thought about doing this on a big level – we’re thinking of having a bespoke building after two years.
“If there’s a group of men who think they can push things forward and have a vision then it’d be great to get them involved – if they get in touch then Willie will get them involved in starting up their first meeting.”
The church is also starting up another project, along with a local Slimming World group.
Lesley-Ann explained: “We’re creating a women’s project alongside Slimming World to make big banners to go inside the church, which will talk about what it’s like to be healthy in the community.
“We’re going to get someone to come in on a couple of Sunday’s to tutor us about sewing for that.
“It’s another way of getting involved with the community.”
Anyone interested should contact Lesley- Ann on lesley. craddock@ btinternet.com or by calling 0141 391 4054.
It’ll be a place for them to sit, chat and do things that they want to do”
Lesley-Ann Craddock, along with husband Ashley, is hoping the Men’s Shed project can be a hit