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Parish News Round-up

Thursday March 26 2020

Our regular round-up of news received from churches

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Bourock Church Soup Stop was named the runner-up in the "Impact In The Community" award at the All About Barrhead Awards earlier this month. The group has been running for almost 12 years, serving cheap lunches to the community and raising over £100,000 for local and national charities over the years.

Linda Dye, session clerk of the church, said: “Many of our customers live alone, and as well as enjoying the lunch they really appreciate eating together. Every Friday is busy, with a great feeling of fellowship in the church hall.  We give money to our own church every month and donate to lots of different charities.  We choose a different charity every month, and the customers always know what they are supporting.  We donate to the CoS HIV Programme, Adams House, Breast Cancer Care, Macmillan Nurses and Diabetes UK every year, and lots of other local and national charities as a 'one off'. Soup Stop gave the first £1000 to start off the fund to purchase defibulaters for Barrhead.

“Since we started we have raised over £105,000 which we can hardly believe ourselves!  Being runners up for the 'Impact on the Community' Award in Barrhead meant a great deal to us, all as we consider our outreach to the community to be the most important part of our work.”

Irene Anderson and Raymond Lunny, both from Motherwell, have been presented with long service certificates for serving on the local committee and fundraising for Christian Aid for over 50 years. Irene, who is a member at Motherwell South Parish, has been on the committee since it was formed in 1968. Raymond, a member of Motherwell Cathedral, joined a short time later and has also served as Chairperson in the past. They are pictured with Charlie Meiklejohn, Community and Events Fundraising Officer at Christian Aid's Glasgow office.

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