Christian Unity in Cathcart
by Ian Duff from Cathcart Trinity Church of Scotland
(taken from April/May 2011 Stedfast - The Magazine of The United Free Church of Scotland)
On Sunday evening, 20th February 2011, a service was held in Cathcart Trinity Church of Scotland to celebrate the signing of a Covenant with Cathcart United Free Church. This is the formalisation of a long standing relationship of co-operation between the two congregations which it is hoped will allow the Christian churches in the area to engage more effectively with the wider community in Cathcart.
The service was well attended with members of both congregations, friends and visitors from churches across Glasgow. Rev Jim Neil, the former minister of Cathcart United Free Church and his wife Janette were amongst those in attendance.
Following a welcome from Rev lain Morrison of Cathcart Trinity Church a number of members from both congregations spoke of the growth in activity that has resulted from this arrangement including Bible Study House Groups, monthly prayer breakfasts, the formation of a monthly meeting group for ladies as well as the successes of the Cathcart Youth Ministry Partnership which both congregations support in conjunction with Cathcart Baptist Church.
As John Fulton explained this relationship has enabled the churches to be more effective together than they could be working separately - the sum of the whole being greater than that of each of the parts.
The service was marked by uplifting songs of praise celebrating the path that God has led and the journey of faith that the congregations have embarked upon. The sermon was preached by Rev Bruce McDowall of Uddingston Park United Free Church and focussed on the Church as one body working together to the Glory of God and the enthusiasm that the congregations can have knowing that they are fulfilling the teachings of Christ by working in Partnership to serve the community.
The service concluded with the celebration of Communion led by Rev Wilma Pearson following which the congregation moved to the halls for refreshments and the opportunity to meet one another.
This was an evening of true celebration and, it is hoped, the start of new growth in the work of the churches in Cathcart.
The signing of the Covenant between Cathcart United Free Church and Cathcart Trinity Church of Scotland.
Sunday 20th February 2011.
Photograph shows: Rev lain Morrision (Cathcart Trinity), Maria Campbell (Session Clerk Cathcart Trinity), Rev John Fulton (Cathcart UF), Mr Angus Pender (UF Presbytery), Lesley Mathieson (Session Clerk Cathcart UF), Rev Dr Angus Kerr (Glasgow Presbytery), Rev Wilma Pearson (Cathcart Trinity).
See a copy of the 2018 renewal of the Cathcart Covenant agreement here.
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