St Oswald’s launch men’s shed project

Rutherglen Reformer - - News From The Pews - Jonathan Ged­des

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

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