Cardonald Parish Church this year held its first Christmas Tree Festival, with each organisation and group using the church, as well as Cardonald Primary School, invited to decorate a tree to be displaced in the Sanctuary.
Creative minds soon got to work and 26 unique and brightly lit trees were displayed. Some focused on the organisation represented, while others concentrated on wider concerns such as the persecution of Christians, Christian Aid and foodbanks.
A beautiful knitted Nativity and pretty little sewn fabric Christmas trees added to the display.
The trees were dedicated at a special Tuesday service, and there was an Evening of Carols & Songs as well as a showing of the much-loved "It's a Wonderful Life".
The festival was a great success and attracted many visitors to the Kirk. A total of £1,126.48 was raised for Prince & Princess of Wales Hospice Brick by Brick Appeal, specifically for the interfaith sanctuary planned as part of the new hospice in Bellahouston Park.
Well done to all involved!
Founded by the Minister of Bridgeton St Francis in the East in 1942, for over 60 years Church House operated from its base in Boden Street, Bridgeton, working with and encouraging generations of children and young people from the area.
Earlier this year the old building closed, to be replaced with a purpose-build Family Centre adjacent to the Church in Queen Mary Street. To build the new centre, the janitor's house next to the church had to be demolished. This was particulary poignant for the oldest member of the Bridgeton congregation,Mrs Elsie Carswell, who from the age of one until marriage had lived in the house with her family.
Accompanied by her Minister, Rev Howard Hudson, Mrs Carswell took a nostalgic look around her childhood home shortly before it was demolished. Now 99 years young, Mrs Carswell enjoyed the visit, noticing particularly that everything was much smaller than she remembered.
Mrs Carswell's request that a piece of stone from the building be kept to make a cross for the new Church House seems a particularly fitting way to remember the love, support and hope the old Church House has given so many local people, and to carry it forward to the new Family Centre.
The congregation of Ibrox Parish Church celebrated with their Minister, Rev Elisabeth Spence, in August as seven new Elders were ordained.
The service was something of a family affair. Brian Tainsh, an Elder for more than 30 years and former Session Clerk, was joined on the Kirk Session by his wife Linda and daughter Penny (photograph right). Another family had cause to rejoice too, with three generations now serving as Elders following the ordination of Stephen Fleming. Stephen's grandfather (Stewart Macrae) and mum (Morag Fleming) watched with pride as the next generation of their family joined them on the Kirk Session (photograph below).