Fundrais­ing plans for com­mu­nity’s fu­ture

Rutherglen Reformer - - News from the Pews - Jonathan Ged­des

Flem­ing­ton Hall­side Church have started fundrais­ing to en­sure their youth and com­mu­nity project can con­tinue.

For the past four years Al­i­son Kennedy has worked with the church’s youth groups and with schools in the lo­cal area to help young­sters through­out Half­way and be­yond.

Now the church are aim­ing to raise funds to en­sure the youth project can con­tinue.

Al­ready a group from the church will tackle the Troon 10K on May 3, 2017, with all the money raised go­ing to­wards the youth project.

Flem­ing­ton Hall­side min­is­ter Neil Glover said: “Cam­bus­lang has one of the high­est amounts of young peo­ple in the whole of La­nark­shire.

“If they’re in the com­mu­nity we want to sup­port them.

“Of­ten kids can have chal­lenges go­ing on in their lives and we want to help them on their jour­ney into young adults.

“In the past we’ve had fund­ing from the Church of Scot­land, the Robertson Trust and now we’re look­ing for fund­ing to sus­tain the project.

“We’ve had fund­ing from lo­cal busi­nesses, from mem­bers of the church and now we have a Just­giv­ing page.

“A lot of grant fund­ing will fund you for a cer­tain amount of time, but when that ends you have to go else­where, so we have two thirds of the money in place and now we need to find the last third.”

Neil be­lieves that the youth of Cam­bus­lang can do great things, and the church’’s project can help them on their way.

He said: “We see kids in the area who are do­ing fan­tas­tic and amaz­ing things in their lives.

“Some­times young peo­ple have to deal with bad sit­u­a­tions that adults have put them into, but the church ben­e­fits hugely from hav­ing them as part of our lives, be­cause they bring a lot of en­ergy and laugh­ter.

“At the heart of that is Al­i­son, who does a fan­tas­tic job. She has won the trust of a lot of the kids here.”

The church will also heav­ily in­volve their young peo­ple this week­end, when they cel­e­brate the sec­ond an­niver­sary of their Stand Up For Sun­day ini­tia­tive.

These ser­vices are en­tirely led by the church’s youth.

Neil added: “The whole ser­vice, from the ser­mon to read­ing the bi­bles to the mu­sic, is done by young peo­ple. It’s a bril­liant way of in­volv­ing them in the life of the church.

“They will speak about dif­fer­ent ex­pe­ri­ences in their lives and it’s fan­tas­tic for them to talk about the chal­lenges they face.”

Vi s i t w w w . j u s t g i v i n g . c o m / flem­ing­ton­hall­sidechurch for more in­for­ma­tion.

We want to help them on their jour­ney into young adults

Help­ing Out Al­i­son Kennedy, pic­tured with An­drew Rooney at a church event

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