• Eastwood Parish Church, Glasgow

News Updates... what we have been up to!

Big Church Christmas Card

BIG church Christmas card raised £331.90 for Prince & Princess of Wales Hospice.  Thank you to all who donated.

THANK YOU to all who willingly help and support our many activities every year, those who work in the foreground and background and those who come and support events.  These events and activities include The Lunch Club, monthly Sunday lunches and films, Alpha, Afternoon Tea in Troon, the Summer Carnival, our Christmas lunch with the Tinto Primary Choir, Christmas Carols at the Burgh Hall and finally the delivery of our Christmas greetings to approximately 3,200 homes around the parish.
Without the help of those who give up their valuable time working in the foreground and background we would not be able to offer any of these events.
Thank you for your hard work and commitment.  Thank you for the welcome and friendship you share with everyone who comes along to any of our activities held at Eastwood.

Liz Dobbie
Worship, Outreach and Publicity Convener


June 2016

Family Fun Day

Eastwood hosted another ‘Mini Carnival’ on Saturday 11 June in our halls and grounds.

The Midgierakers

We had loads of entertaining activities, including music from the Midgierakers and the 145th BB Pipe Band, bouncy castle, face painting, tattoos, nail bar, cup cake decorating, treasure hunt, massage and reflection, hot dogs (over 100 were consumed) teas and coffee. We had a great family day, even the weather was kind.Castle

Pipe Band


Thanks to all who helped and supported this great event. Very much appreciated.









April 2016



 The Point

Due to a decline in the numbers using the services provided at the point cafe we decided to close on Monday 21 March.  Thanks to all the dedicated volunteers who have been involved over the life of the point, previously the Asylum Centre, for the last 15 years.

Please note we will continue to collect donations of clothing & household goods from the community and then recycle or distribute them to other charities.  Donations can be delivered on Monday mornings from 10am to 12 noon from 18 April (note we will now be closed on Fridays).

Lunch Club

The good news is that the volunteers wish to support the new Lunch Club which starts on 18 April - please see separate advert for more details. This is for everyone who has free time for some lunch and friendship on a Monday, twice a month, and if you need transport that can be arranged too. We hope to add on activities after lunch if we can get enough people to come and support this new initiative. We look forward to welcoming you on 18 April.


March 2016

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World Day OF Prayer 2016

"Receive children, receive me"


Eastwood Parish Church hosted the World Day of Prayer for the local communities of Eastwood and Pollokshaws led by Dot Getliffe. This years theme 'Receive children, receive me', and prepared by Cuba, was expressed in demonstrable fashion by Dot along with a young child from the congregation. The culture of Cuba, and in particular, the music, added an almost carnival feel to the proceedings. However, the situation in Cuba was brought home with a series of playlets, enacted by members of Eastwood and Pollokshaws Churches, which highlighted the lives of women in Cuba. Special thanks to Liz Dobbie for organising. WDofP 2016

January 2016

Eastwood Parish Church are pleased to announce that Glasgow Presbytery  has amended our vacancy calling to that of Unrestricted Call. Since the retirement of Graham we have been vacant under a restricted tenure of five years. This change is welcomed not only by the vacancy committee, who are working very hard to fill our vacancy, but also by the congregation of Eastwood Parish Church.


2015 Year End Party

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Eastwood finished the year in typical fashion with a good old party. Members, along with all our family and friends had a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon in the church halls. .balloon game 1

There was Scottish country dancing.......dinner

Party games for the young, and youngsters......

Entertainment provided by Lucas and Frank....

And dinner of haggis, neeps and tatties and loads of other goodies.

 What a great way to end the year.

Looking forward to 2016.


Eastwood Gift Service

Gift Service (small)

 Traditionally we will have collected gifts for needy children in Glasgow.

Last year’s response was amazing when we collected a huge mound of gifts. This year the congregation once again stepped up to donate a fantastic array gifts for the children of Glasgow who would otherwise have little to open on Christmas morning.

The gifts donated are intended for all ages, from the vey young to teanagers both boys and girls. Glasgow Social Work Services, who will distribute the gifts, greatly appreciated our kindness at Eastwood. 


 145th Glasgow BB Pipe Band - Afternoon Tea

Afternoon Tea 2015 (small)

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A massive thank you to everyone who braved the awful weather to come along to our afternoon tea for the 145th BB pipe band. With ticket sales, raffle and other donations we raised a massive £505. A tremendous achievement thanks to our fund raising team (Sharon, Linda, Elsie, Sandra and Kirsten) but primarily to our fantastic supporters.

The year is coming to a close, a year which saw our band members competing at the World Pipe Band Championships for the first time and picking up trophies at the Cowal Gathering. We will have a well deserved break over the Christmas holidays and then back into the hard work starting with our Annual Meeting  in the first week of January.

We have some ambitious plans for next year so look out for updates during 2016 and find out what we have been up to....

 Christmas Fair

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Every year I marvel at the effort and support members of the congregation, friends and family give to support this annual event.   Huge thanks to everyone – never adequate - but with your help we have raised £2,640 for church funds.



Harvest Thanksgiving

The sale of donated produce raised the total of £280 this year which is going to Self Help Africa.   Thanks to all involved - decorating the Church, giving fruit, veg. etc for sale and the shoppers on the day!

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The session has got off to a great start.   We’ve increased our numbers and have 41 girls registered and have been joined by a new commissioned officer, Laura Smith formerly of the Pollokshaws company and Amanda Wark and Michelle Mccue two new parent helpers.  

The Brigaders had a very successful Bronze Duke of Edinburgh expedition. They showed true grit and we were all so proud of Laura Connor Ellen Cameron Robyn and Holly Neally.


 Thanks to Cash Back for Communities we have started a gymnastics session and the girls are having a ball learning skills on the trampoline, trampet, crash mats and the floor.





Treasure Trail

We had beautiful weather for our walk round Pollok Park and everyone seemed to enjoy this afternoon, ending in our ‘fish tea’ at the church halls.

Well done to all who attempted the quiz questions – Linda and Douglas Smith won the prize and we also raised £101.50 for the church.

The Boys' Brigade
  145th Glasgow Boys' Brigade


Glasgow Battalion Pipe Band World Championships 2015

 Glasgow Battalion Pipe Band, which includes the members of the 145th BB Pipe band, took part in the World Pipe Band Championships on 15 August at Glasgow Green. Competing at Grade 4B the band performed extremely well finishing in 13th place out of 18 bands in the group. This was the first outing at a major competition for the Battalion Band which was formed only this year and therefore the result was well beyond what was expected. Also, competing at the World Championships is a major achievement since the band members only started to learn how to play five years ago. An excellent days work and a great day out.

Following on from the World Championships the Band went to the Cowal Games on 29 August and won two trophies for best  Best Boys' Brigade Band and Best Drum Corps. The band have achieved remarkable results in their first year of competition at major events and with more young members progressing through tuition next year the band will be even stronger and hoping for more success, The year ends on a high, now looking forward to 2016. Glasgow Battalion Pipe Band Cowal Highland Gathering 2015


Liz DobbieSummer 2015 Activities

We began the summer with the Eastwood Carnival on Saturday 13 June when we were lucky that the weather allowed the carnival to go ahead without disruption.   Thank you to all who helped to make this event such an enjoyable afternoon and thanks to Pollokshaws Parish for their support.   The event was well attended by local families and it was a pleasure to see the children, and some adults, participate in the fun (cake decorating/face painting/tattoos/balloon sculpting/massage/space for reflection/bouncy castle/water games/football etc).   Everyone appreciated the free tea & coffee bar with delightful home baking (all donated by members), fresh fruit (donated by Sainsbury’s Darnley) and hot dogs (rolls donated by Morrison’s Giffnock).   The energetic music provided by the ‘Midgie Rakers’ and ‘Polish Plumbers’ was very entertaining and our own BB pipe band were wonderful.

 On Saturday 27 June we had our annual afternoon tea in Troon.   The sun was splitting the sky that day and 64 people enjoyed a wonderful ‘afternoon tea’ and I believe some ice-cream was enjoyed at the seaside too!   Thanks must go to everyone who donated the amazing baking and the team who helped set up, serve and clear up.   It all ran like clockwork and looked very professional.   Once again many thanks go to Glasgow District Council for funding the hire of the bus.

We’ve had a bit of a holiday during July and August ‘charging up’ for the coming autumn and winter events.

Malawi collection

Thank you to everyone who donated to our Malawi collection during the period of Lent.  The sum raised from donations and cash in jars and March soup & sandwich is £700.

The Guild Charity Coffee Morning

The final total received from the Coffee Morning was £825, well up on the previous year.   The Guild would like to express their gratitude to the following people:  those who gave items for sale so generously and financial donations; those run off their feet in the kitchen; the Girls’ Brigade for serving teas; those who manned the stalls; Frank and Norman who carried out the heavy work; John Smith for collation; Linda Smith for producing tickets and posters and, of course, those who turned up on the day to support us.   £600 will be sent to C.H.A.S. and £200 to the Church Halls Refurbishment Project.

Ladies Carpet Bowls

We have had a good session with regular attendances and ended with our AGM and prize giving ceremony on Wednesday 25 March.

Carpet Bowlers

Our prize winners this year were as follows:

Singles Champion  Sadie Kemp
 Runner up  Jean Henderson
 Pairs Champions   Betty Pairman and Janet Campbell
Runners up  Katrina McCusker and Sadie Kemp
Aggregate Cup Sadie Kemp


We look forward to seeing everyone on Wednesday 7 October for the start of the new session and welcome any new members who would like to try their hand at carpet bowls.



The Girls’ Brigade

The officers and girls of the Girls’ Brigade would like to thank our church family for their support at their recent events.

The fashion show and coffee evening raised a whopping £245 which is being split between comic relief and Mary's meals.   The girls did so well strutting their stuff and thank you to the ladies who helped with the baking.

The race night was a fantastic night.   I would particularly like to thank Marcus and Michelle McCue for donating their time in organising the race night.   We made a whopping amount of £660 which means the girls will have a fantastic adventure trip and their parents’ bank balances can breathe a sigh of relief.

Thank you so much to you all for supporting us.   We are all very grateful and we hope to see you all at our next event which is our annual parents’ night and prize giving being held on Wednesday 13th May at 7.30 pm.


Rev Graham Cartlidge

Dear Friends

What a wonderful ‘send-off’ you gave me on January 31st – unforgettable!   The number of people making the effort to attend was itself humbling.   The amazing posters around the hall, the glorious afternoon tea (our grandsons couldn’t believe their eyes when they saw so many cakes!), the slide-show going on in the background, the lovely book of photos, the book of greetings that went a

round the tables, the excellent musical entertainment, the kind speeches by Alistair and Jane and the presentations – golf balls, the book of photos, the beautiful flower arrangement to Elaine, but especially that extremely generous cheque – all amounted to an occasion we shall never forget.   Thank-you to everybody whose work and kindness contributed to that wonderful memory.   In terms of your gift, I have so far bought a ve
ry good pair of binoculars and am planning to renew my driver for golf – so you will be remembered frequently!

Retirement has suited me very well so far!   As most of you will know, it’s a bit like a vacuum in nature – things rush in to fill up the space and the old saying about ‘I can’t believe how I ever found time to work’ rings completely true.   However, it’s great to be able to move at a slower pace, to go off for a day with Elaine on an impulse, and even watch television of an evening without feeling guilty!   We had a lovely break during my second week of retirement and the weather in Perthshire and Fife was great.

We wish you all God’s richest blessing for the future.

Graham and Elaine


Summary 2014....

By Liz Dobbie, Worship, Outreach and Publicity Convener

It seems thLiz Dobbieat I am always thanking people for their assistance and support for yet another event but we do always seem to have a very busy diary and 2014 was exceptional once again.   Without the help of those who give up their valuable time and work away, in the foreground and background (all of which contribute to the success of our events), we would not be able to offer any of these events which have become part of our ‘regular’ activities each year.

These events and activities include The Point, monthly lunches and films, the Alpha Course, prayer spaces, Easter breakfast, Afternoon Tea in Troon and the Pollokshaws Carnival.   Additional events in 2014 were the Hillpark Commonwealth Carnival and Commonwealth Ceilidh celebrations.   In November 140 people came along to celebrate St Andrew’s night (another successful evening which raised £900!) and finally in December teams of helpers delivered our Christmas greetings to approximately 3,000 homes around the parish (I hope you didn’t get too wet or cold!).

All of these, together the fundraising activities and the many other organisations (GB, BB, Guild, Sunday worship, Sunday school) give us a strong presence in our local and wider community and create awareness that we are still alive and kicking at Eastwood.

THANK YOU to all who help willingly and support our many activities every year.  Thank you for your hard work and commitment.  Thank you for the welcome and friendship you share with everyone who comes along to any activity held at Eastwood.

(Liz always thanks and acknowledges the work of others. However, it is only proper that Eastwood acknowledges the tireless and dedicated work Liz has put into organising and arranging the many and various  events over the past year. Liz - Many thanks)


The Chiperone Blankets and Jumpers Project

Chiperone ProjectOver the past few months, the ladies of the congregation, with the help of family and friends, have been busy knitting and collecting woollen goods for the children, poor and sick people of Malawi.   At the morning service on 23rd November, they brought along these woollen goods and put them on display at the front of the church.   This display included 50 blankets, 153 jumpers,11 cardigans, 45 baby hats and 9 purchased baby wraps with 3 bags of wool and 1 bag of knitting needles.   All of them are now boxed up and have been sent on their way to Malawi.   The journey will be by road and by sea and will take some three months.

All these goods will be very much appreciated and a huge thanks is due to all those who participated


Christmas Fair

Christmas FairCongratulations over the Christmas Fair
As is probably stated elsewhere in the magazine, this year the Christmas Fair made a record total of £3,237.   For a number of years the hope had been of reaching £3,000 but never quite making it, though getting close.   This year the £3,000 mark has been well surmounted and that achievement has happened because of the massive effort from a large number of people.   Many thanks to all involved, especially Avril Ferns and the Social and Fund-Raising Group who masterminded everything.   Well Done to all!


Summer 2014

2014 was another bumper summer to remember, not just because we had such lovely weather during June and most of July but because of the many happy community events we were involved in during that time.

It all began with the Pollokshaws Carnival on Saturday 21 June, a beautiful sunny day bringing out lots of local families to enjoy all the fun. It was a pleasant change setting up the Eastwood tents without the wind and rain making it extremely difficult.  This year we were very busy with the usual range of activities on offer (cake decorating / face painting / tattoos / massage / nail bar) plus a free tea & coffee bar, giving people a place to rest their weary legs - this was appreciated by many.

On Saturday 28 June we had our annual afternoon tea in Troon.  A full bus left from the church that day and once again the sun was shining.  64 people enjoyed the wonderful ‘afternoon tea’ and thereafter exploring the town in some very pleasant weather – no need for bingo that day!  Thanks must go to everyone who donated the amazing baking and the team who helped set up, serve and clear up. It all ran like clockwork and looked very professional.
The next big event during the summer was the Commonwealth Community Carnival on Saturday 19 July when we celebrated the Glasgow Commonwealth Games locally.  The Hillpark Chaplaincy Team (made up of 8 local churches) hosted a special community carnival at Hillpark Secondary School.  The weather certainly did not behave itself that day with monsoon rain for most of it!  Fortunately the indoor facilities at the school allowed the carnival to go ahead as planned.  A tremendous community spirit was created by the music, food, sports and activities on offer and a fantastic party was enjoyed by approximately 600 people who attended the free event. The Chaplaincy Team were so encouraged by this that they look forward to working together in the future – any ideas??
Thanks should be given to all those who made contributions, The Big Lottery Fund, Woodlands Outdoor Nursery, G Star Refrigeration, Morrisons Giffnock, Sainsbury’s Darnley, the volunteers and once again all the wonderful bakers.  

To round off the party season, Eastwood hosted a Family BBQ & Ceilidh on Saturday 26 July. A great night with superb music, dancing and food enjoyed by 120 people young and old!!

With the many Commonwealth Games events going on around the city of Glasgow, Eastwood certainly tried to join in and offer lots of fun and happy times to our local community.  Thanks to you all for joining in and making it such a special time.


Pollokshaws Carnival

The sun was out, and therefore we all had a fantastic day at this year's Pollokshaws Gala Day. A great day except for those who forgot their sun cream!!!

The day started with the Carnival Parade through Pollokshaws, led by the band from the 145th Boys' Brigade, to the carnival arena. Eastwood Parish Church were out in force offering a variety of activities such as face painting, massages, refreshments, kids tattoos, cake decoration and nail painting.

The centre of the carnival area was set out for a variety of sporting challenges ideally suited to the the young people getting ready for the Commonwealth Games. There were certainly some stars in the making!

Congratulation to all the organisers, supporters and participants for making this years event such wonderful day.


 Malawi collection

Thank you to everyone who donated to our Malawi collection during the period of Lent, including recent retiring collections, donations placed in the cash jars and March & April soup & sandwich proceeds, the sum raised to date is £845.99.

Girls’ Brigade

It's been a busy year with lots going on.   We have seven girls going on a multi organisation camp for 500 young people at the end of May.   Four girls are taking part in their bronze qualifying expedition for the Duke of Edinburgh in June and we wish them all luck.   We are pleased to advise that Morgan Millar has achieved her Brigadiers’ Brooch and will be presented with it at a ceremony in the City Chambers on the 2nd June.
Our company event is being held on the 7th June which includes a disco and movie night which we all looking forward to.   Finally I would like to invite all our church family and friends to our annual parents’ night on the 14th May where the girls will entertain you all and receive their awards.

29th Glasgow Girls Brigade


Indoor Carpet Bowlers

The session closed on 26 March with the AGM and prize giving.   Attendance was good from our 20 members, however, we would welcome any new members to join a very welcoming crowd on Wednesday 8 October 2014.   No experience is necessary, as several of us never lifted a bowl until retirement, only a sense of fun and fellowship.

Prize Winners

Single Champion                Janet Campbell
Runner-up                    Senga Pickering
Pairs Winners                Sadie Kemp and Linda Smith
Runners-up                    Jean Henderson and Margaret Jackson
Aggregate                    Sadie Kemp and Joyce Stothers

Indoor Carpet Bowlers


Eastwood Community Choir

15 December 2013

  We were pleased to welcome the Eastwood Community Choir to participate in our Christmas Carol Service on 15 December. Jane Pelosi, an elder of Eastwood Parish Church and well known for her work with the Girls Brigade, formed the Eastwood Community Choir in October this year. Under Jane's expert leadership and knowledge of Christmas music the choir performed a selection of carols from around the world and including versions not commonly sung in church services. It was a delight to hear the choir perform and the quality of the performance reflects on the dedication of the choir and the superb leadership of Jane Pelosi.


Congregation Day Out

Linlithgow Palace Saturday 17 August

This time the weather got the better of us and disappointingly this trip had to be postponed. However, rather than do nothing we visited the Burrell Collection instead where as well as the usual artefacts we saw the temporary exhibition celebrating Sir William Burrell's magnificent collection of 19th Century French paintings and pastels. A worthwhile visit, enjoyed by all, was enhanced by the excellent volunteer guide who gave us some fascinating insights into the paintings. The exhibition is on until 5 January 2014 and a visit is recommended.


Afternoon Tea in Troon

Troon Saturday 29 June

Another enjoyable afternoon for the 64 people who joined our tea party, thank you all for your support. This is now a confirmed annual event!
Thank you also to all the bakers who donated the lovely goodies and all who helped on the day setting and clearing up and providing the anniversary aprons which were very proudly worn on the day. We are so fortunate to have reliable volunteers without whom these events would not be possible.
We should also give thanks to Glasgow City Council (Newlands & Auldburn Area Partnership) who funded the bus hire (£285) for the trip to Troon. Eastwood Church 150th Anniversary September 8th


Pollokshaws Carnival

Pollokshaws Saturday 22 June

We battled on, despite the bad weather hindering our efforts, to put up our tents in the morning of 22 June – and a battle it was! However, we didn’t give up and just as well because the weather cleared and the sun came out making the wind just about bearable. Eastwood had two large tents hosting a number of activities for children and adults including face painting, hair tinsel, tattoos, nail bar, cup cake decorating, reiki and massage, beat the goalie and golf chipping. The carnival was busy and we applied 300 tattoos and approximately 200 cup cakes were decorated and consumed. Our face painter and masseurs and masseuses never stopped for 3 hours. It was fairly hectic but worth the effort.

This is one event where we get the opportunity to tell the community about our church and its organisations and events so it’s important to make a big impression.

Thank you to all volunteers who helped to make Eastwood’s presence a big success. Looking forward to next year already?


2 x 12 = 24 Hours Prayer Space

Thank you to everyone who visited the prayer space in the manse recently. Thank you also for your many positive comments indicating how much you enjoyed using the space. It is always inspiring to see so many people come together to worship God, to listen to Him and talk to Him (41 people, of all ages, visited and accumulated a total of 56 hours of prayer in the 24 hour period – well done!).

The creative space encouraged us to pray using everyday items stimulating and focusing our thoughts so that we could forget the clutter of daily life and concentrate on talking to God - the hour passed extremely quickly - indeed many people wished they had booked two hours and not just one! The children were as enthusiastic and excited as ever – talking to God in different ways is something they are very comfortable with.

We finished off the event on Sunday morning with a prayer breakfast in the south transept which created quite a buzz. Those who came along very much enjoyed sharing some time together before the morning service.

People sacrificed an hour of their time to come to pray. Was it worth it? Why not ask them? Why not come along next time?

Burns SupperAddress to the Ladies

Thank you to all who supported the first big social event to mark Eastwood’s 150th celebration year.

The Haggis

A wonderful night was had by all - both the food and the entertainment were well received and we also managed to raise over £600 for church funds. The candlelit hall looked lovely and the atmosphere was great (or maybe that was the alcohol!)

Thanks especially are due to all the faithful helpers who work away tirelessly in the background – cleaning, preparing food, setting up, serving and doing the MOUNTAIN of dishes!! THANK YOU ALL!

Soup ‘n’ Sandwich Lunches

We have all enjoyed another year of our congregational lunches and I would like to say a big thank you to all the dedicated volunteers who make this happen every month. It surely is a lot of hard work which is greatly appreciated by all of us at Eastwood. The monthly lunch has become an important date in our calendar and I know from comments made that we look forward to spending time together sharing quality food at least once a month!

If you would like to join the band of volunteers please call Liz Dobbie on 0141 585 3220.

Table Top Sale

We raised nearly £450 at the table top sale (car boot sale but indoors). Thanks to all who participated and the members of the Social and Fundraising Committee who organised this new venture.


Afternoon Tea - St Meddan’s Church Troon

This was a very successful event and many people have already asked ‘When is the next one?’ Watch this space!

Having arranged a bus definitely encouraged more people to come along - 64 in total. We are most grateful to the local Area Committee of Glasgow City Council for its support of the event by awarding a £250 grant which almost paid the full cost of the bus.

Particular thanks are due to the various people who donated home baking which was delicious and much enjoyed by everyone. Also, a huge thank you to the members of the WOP (Worship Outreach & Publicity) group for their hard work arranging and delivering such an enjoyable afternoon.

mary’s meals – the backpack project

Wow! 53 completely filled backpacks plus lots of extras !!!!!!!
We were overwhelmed by your response to this campaign and would like to say a huge thank you for all the donations. The congregation at Eastwood does indeed have a big heart. We must also thank Carol Phaup, Isabel Freer and the Girls’ Brigade who organised and packed the bags effortlessly and very efficiently. Believe it or not, they all had fun! The backpacks have now been collected by mary’s meals and are on their way to Malawi together with another 5,000 or so backpacks! It won’t be long ‘til many needy children receive their very own backpack. Well done all.

For more information see www.marysmeals.org

Prayer Space : 2 x 12 = 24 Hours

8am to 8pm on Friday 25 May and 8am to 8pm Saturday 26 May

Thank you to everyone who visited the prayer space in the south transept recently and made the event such a success. It was inspiring to see so many people come together to worship God, to listen to Him and talk to Him (25 people, of all ages, visited and accumulated a total of 50 hours of prayer in the 24 hour period – well done!).

The creative space encouraged us to pray using everyday items stimulating and focusing our thoughts so that we could forget the clutter of daily

life and concentrate on talking to God - the hour passed extremely quickly. The children were as enthusiastic and excited as ever

– talking to God in different ways is something they are very comfortable with. We could all follow their example.

The after service tea on Sunday 27 May was served within the prayer space allowing more of the congregation to see what such a space is all about. Our monthly healing service was also in the prayer space and admired by our visitors.

People sacrificed an hour of their time to come to pray. Was it worth it? Why not ask them? Why not come along next time? Watch out for the dates of the next prayer event – coming soon.

Read more about Prayer Space.....


Day Out - Mount Stuart House


A fabulous day was had by all - young and old! The day exceeded all our expectations - here are a few comments:

My mum and I thoroughly enjoyed our day - fascinating, inspiring house, great company giving us an opportunity to get to know people in the Church a bit better and we couldn't have asked for better weather. All in all a great day out.

Wow! That was the very appropriate expression from most of those from Eastwood who visited Mount Stuart House on Bute recently. The first (and only) person to actually say it out loud was Robyn Ferns – and she really meant it! It was lovely to hear such an immediate expression of delight at the wonders contained within this house. You may have visited many historic buildings in your time – this really is completely different to anything you may have seen before and is an absolute must entry on your list of ‘things to see before……..’.

Clear blue sky, sun shining, snow on the hills and the Clyde like a millpond, God's own country. The day could not be better for our trip to Mount Stuart. After a calm crossing all twenty of us boarded an already full bus, standing room only. Further along the road a walking group boarded, now it was jammed but it got us all chatting. Of course when someone wanted off half the bus had to get off as well, wouldn’t happen in Glasgow! Mount Stuart surpassed itself, we were fortunate to have an exceptional guide who gave us an excellent tour bringing the history of the house alive. The house and grounds are truly amazing, a testimony to craftsmen of old. A day everyone enjoyed.

We would like to organise another congregational day out - if you have any suggestions as to suitable venues please contact Liz Dobbie (585 3220 or ).


Pollokshaws Carnival

Saturday 16 June 2012
Eastwood once more participated in the Pollokshaws Carnival. As well as the 145th Glasgow BB Pipe band leading the Carnival Parade we provided many activities in our "tent". A good time was had bay all.



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