What has gone. What is to come?
During its existence the church building has not only served the church, but also the local community. In early years it housed the local badminton club, and drama society. Today it houses St. George’s and St. Peter’s Community Association, specialising in elderly care, and after-school clubs. It also hosts Easterhouse Women’s Centre, Easterhouse Table Tennis Club, and the local Army Cadet Force.
Since the demise of the sanctuary and vestry, the congregation has gone through a long rigorous process by the Glasgow Presbytery and the National Church to determine its viability, and the decision was taken that the Church was a necessary one and should be given a new building. Plans have now been drawn up and costs established. The loss of the sanctuary has had a profound effect on the congregation, and wider community. The move into the hall has meant the closure of any children’s work at the same time as the service. The community use of the hall at other times has meant that funerals, weddings and other special services have not been able to be held. Even the loss of the vestry has meant that the minister has had no space for study, counselling, or small group meetings within the church building. As a church we believe the new building would have an extremely positive effect on our congregation and community. Not only to reintroduce much that has been lost, but also to develop and enhance what we have been able to continue.
With this in mind plans have been drawn and the financial process has been started to get work begun. However this process is a long one.
Our Old Church as it stood prior to demolition and our New Church
A significant part of the funding has to come from the Church ourselves and with this in mind many local people and organisations have raised or donated money. However this is still someway short and with this in view over the coming weeks we’ll be setting up a link here for you to make any donations you are able.
The Service of Dedication of our new building took place on Sunday 7 November 2010.
This service was conducted by Glasgow Presbytery with the Moderator, the Revd Neil Galbraith, Revd Dr Angus Kerr the Presbytery Clerk and the Revd Muriel Pearson conducting worship.