Modern church for a modern era

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TWO years ago, the century-old Langside parish church in Ledard Road was decimated by ferocious fire that investigators blamed on electrical-wiring issues.

The blaze destroyed the building’s sanctuary along with much of the art and equipment.

But now delighted parishioners are celebrating after the new Langside building opened at the weekend.

Reverend David McLachlan (pictured) told The Extra: “We are absolutely delighted with how it has turned out.

“It is better than the building we had before.

“It is slightly bigger and we have an upstairs now as well as a garden room at the front that wasn’t there before.

“Everyone is really, really please with it. What we had before was good — it was a modern church. But this is even better”.

Changes to Langside include a larger sanctuary, a first floor complex, a gallery and extra meeting rooms accessed by a spiral staircase from an extended foyer and garden room.

Meanwhile, global warming is on the agenda at Eaglesham parish church.

A discussion entitled Global Warming — Where Are We Now? is set to commence at 7.45pm on June 2.

Speakers include Jim Murphy MP, ScottishPower Renewables community relations manager Martin Mathers and Alex Smead, associate minister at Whiteinch church in Glasgow.

Martin will talk about changing sources of energy and the importance that can have on our climate in the future.

Jim is due to focus on the political realities after the 2009 Copenhagen Accord on global warming.

Alex will consider what our responsibilities as individuals and local communities might be.

The evening is due to end with tea and coffee for those who wish to talk further about the issues raised.

Leading organiser Duncan MacIntyre said: “The idea for an evening of debate first came about when the local windfarm was opened.

“As time has gone on, it has become even clearer that this is one of the most important issues facing us all.

“We are delighted to have attracted such a high-profile panel and hope many people in the Eaglesham are will want to come along to hear what they have to say and perhaps express their own views”.