Cartsbridge Evangelical Church in Busby is proud to mark its 125th anniversary this week with a host of events to mark the occasion.
The church has a long history of serving the community and was originally called Busby Gospel Hall when it started life in 1891.
The church was started by four local men – a grocer, a bleach mill worker, a printfield worker and a joiner.
These men joined forces with three ladies who met to practise their Christian worship in the village.
From these humble beginnings the church has grown to a current membership of 231, with many more attending regularly.
A key strand of the church has always been to bear witness to the local community, and many of its activities reflect its deep commitment to these principles.
These include the King’s Club (a school, parent and toddlers group) and for older people the Tuesday Lunch Club.
Cartsbridge also has a vision for the wider world. Over the years the church has sent people and resources around the UK and to 30 countries across the globe.
These people support communities and projects that give hope, encouragement and new opportunities to those who are in need.
There will be a dinner tonight (Thursday) for key people from the local schools, churches and wider community to celebrate the involvement of the church in the life of the village.
Tomorrow evening there will be a Commemoration Service open to everyone.
This is followed on Saturday morning by a Community Celebration with teas, coffee, home baking and children’s activities. At night there will be dinner and the celebrations conclude with special services of thanksgiving on Sunday.
Seumas Macfarlane, Ministry Support Co-ordinator, at Cartsbridge said: “We are very excited about this year of celebration to mark the 125 years during which we have been able to share God’s love in Busby.
“We are delighted that we’ll be able to celebrate with the local community, schools and churches with whom we have such a strong relationship.
“Although in one sense we’re looking back, the reflection is a spur to encourage us as we look forward to the years and opportunities that lie ahead.“