Fun of the festival at Cambuslang Parish
Cambuslang Parish Church held their first- ever church festival recently – and the verdict was that it was a hit.
Over 200 people attended on the day, which featured stalls, a BBQ, a pipe band, games and quizzes.
It also raised funds for both the church and Christian Aid, although members of the church admitted that was an unexpected bonus, rather than a planned benefit.
They were blessed by some heavenly weather as well.
Karen Hamilton, deacon at the church, felt the day showed off all the skills of members of the parish.
She said: “It was packed out, there were loads of people there.
“We had members of the parish doing various activities from artwork to knitting and baking, which is always popular!
“So we were all showing our talents – we also had a good BBQ on the go, which the BB helped with, and every organisation took part in helping on the day like the Scouts putting the tents up.
“All the proceeds from the BB Burger stall went towards Christian Aid, which was a good cause to support.
“We raised around £ 1,000 for the church, too, but that wasn’t the intention of the day at all.
“The intention was to be having a day where people could come along and have fun, as well as showing all the different things the church are involved in.
“We had games where the kids were looking for the names of the 12 disciples too.
“Obviously it was a day for everyone at the church, but it was also a day for the whole community to get involved in, a day of coming together and it seemed to go really well.
“It was our first attempt at doing something together and hopefully we’ll do something like that again in the future.”
Karen spent most of the day in the Messy Tent, the offshoot of the church’s popular messy church initiative.
The church also landed a boost when the weather turned out nice, after a wobbly start.
“Obviously we didn’t know about the weather but it was gorgeous in the end
“It was raining when we started out and the Friends of Cambuslang Park had to move their event at the same time to one of the church halls.
“We were lucky in that sense because it turned into a gorgeous and sunny day as it went on.
“At one point I was sitting in a deckchair, having a cheeseburger and listening to the Cambuslang Parish Church pipe band – you don’t get the chance to do that every weekend in Cambuslang, so that was lovely!”
The intention was to have a day where people could come along and have fun...
All smiles This trio got their faces painted at the church festival
On the ball These youngsters were having a good time.