Beam­ing brightly

Rutherglen Reformer - - Election Special - Jonathan Ged­des

The Light­house Church Cen­tre in Spit­tal has re­opened.

Guests in­clud­ing Margaret Fer­rier MP at­tended the of­fi­cial re­open­ing, which came about af­ter two years of re­de­vel­op­ment for the com­mu­nity church re­source.

An­drew Aikan, the church’s youth min­is­ter, is op­ti­mistic that the Car­rick Road build­ing can pro­vide a boost for the en­tire com­mu­nity.

He said: “The idea at the mo­ment is to get the place open for youth clubs, youth dropins and or­gan­ised ac­tiv­i­ties and maybe mother and tod­dler groups as well.

“We should max­imise the build­ing and ul­ti­mately ben­e­fit the whole com­mu­nity around the area.

“We’ll try and or­gan­ise things like bar­be­cues and ac­tiv­ity camps once we get into the sum­mer.

“There’s al­ready been other things too, like a Chi­nese group ask­ing to use it and a band look­ing to prac­tice there. It’s some­where that can re­ally be used for lots of dif­fer­ent things.”

An­drew, who stays in Cam­bus­lang, was pleased with the at­ten­dance on the night.

He said: “We had a full house and there were a lot of lo­cals who stopped in.

“I think there is a lot of po­ten­tial there and the aim is to have some­thing that can ben­e­fit the lo­cals, as well as help­ing get the youths there on track.

“The Light­house Church of God are look­ing to work with char­i­ties on things like men­tal health, bul­ly­ing and lone­li­ness.”

The re­open­ing fea­tured a Jewish Passover talk by Bogi Kozma from Chris­tian Wit­ness to Is­rael.

She said the Chris­tian Gospel is hid­den in all the el­e­ments of the Passover meal and told how the early Chris­tians. who were Jews, un­der­stood Je­sus.

The build­ing’s re­fur­bish­ment was partly funded by Viri­dor Cred­its.

Church news, page 37

Cel­e­bra­tion Re­open­ing

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