Fun of the fes­ti­val at Cam­bus­lang Par­ish

Rutherglen Reformer - - News from the Pews - Jonathan Ged­des

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.

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