Can a Christian group in Glasgow make a difference for good in our world?
Eco-Congregation and Public Art
The community and its environment are very important to us at Langside Church. We were one of the first two churches to be presented with an “Eco-congregation” award in recognition of our efforts to care for our environment both local and global. This included, among other things, working towards a cleaner environment through recycling (ink cartridges, mobile phones etc) local litter picking, community open days and introducing an awareness programme to the wider congregation.
We have created a wildlife garden around the side of the church. This includes a seated area and a “wet” area specifically to encourage the growth of local wildlife from wetland plants to frogs, newts and butterflies. In 1995 the congregation decided that decoration of the church building and grounds was important part of the landscaping. We commissioned eleven beautiful mosaic panels for around the outside of the building.
The early Biblical themes of these artworks is relevant not only to the church but to the wider Muslim and Jewish communities represented within Langside Parish.
In recognition of the relevance of this “public art” project, it was largely funded by “Glasgow 1999: City of Architecture and Design ” The mosaics were salvaged after the fire in 2009 and have been relocated mainly at ground level.
Most can easily be admired from the street on the corner of Falloch and Ledard Roads.
Read more about all of our visual art here.
Lodging Mission House and Foodbank Donations
The building is open for donations of food, men’s clothing and toiletries for the Lodging House Mission and the local food bank on Tuesdays 10.00-12.00 and Sundays 11.45-1.00.
See below for items and food needed for Lodging House Mission and Rutherglen & Cambuslang Foodbank:
Lodging House Mission Needs
- Shaving Foam
- Pocket Tissues
- Face Cloths
- Men’s Boxer Shorts
- Women’s Briefs
For Food Parcel:
- Breakfast Cereal
- Tinned Meat/Pies
- Tinned Veg – Potatoes/Veg
- Tinned Beans/Spaghetti
- Kettle Food e.g. Pot Noodles, Oat Breakfasts to add hot water to etc.
- Tinned Vegetables
- Pasta Sauce
- Tinned Meat
- Instant Mash
- Long Life Milk
- Black Pepper
- Garlic Powder
- Cooking Oil
- Coconut Milk
- Tomato Paste/Puree
We are glad to be able to host local community groups in the
- AA is a vital community resource and meets weekly.
- The Baby and Toddlers also meet once a week
See our organisations page for more information on any of the above.
Square Yard Community Garden was founded for the benefit of the local community. We aim to provide a space for relaxation and reflection, where children can play, people can unwind and read a book, meet their neighbours, find out about healthy eating and how to encourage wildlife. We have a focus on social inclusion and also aim to make the garden as wheelchair friendly as possible. Square Yard has received some funding from Stalled Spaces and the Langside Area Partnership.
We have had volunteers from the Glasgow City Council Department of Regeneration Services working with us to build our Polytunnel and Raised Beds and some apprentices from Interserve who did more work on the raised beds and lots of painting. A big thanks to all who have contributed and helped us so far.
What do you want to see in your community garden – let us know! We also welcome any ideas you have for fundraising and fun events at the garden. Please don’t be shy. The garden will only grow if we have volunteers to get involved. You don’t need to have any special gardening knowledge or skills. You can keep up to date by liking our facebook page.
Square Yard is managed by Finn’s Place.
For more information contact Ruth on 0141 632 7520 or firstname.lastname@example.org
In the worldwide community
Langside Church has an ongoing commitment through friendships with the HIV/AIDS Care and Support Hospice in Ekwendeni, Malawi. The church organises a rock concert each year to raise funds for this work.
We are also committed to helping the Dumuni School project for children and young people in neighbouring Tanzania. This was started by our friend Rev. Reuben Ngwala who worshipped with us while studying in Glasgow. In 2006 we raised almost £8000 for this project.
We also use fair traded tea and coffee at church events and Traidcraft stalls are a regular feature at the church.
In addition, we support Christian Aid in a variety of ways and annually write letters on behalf of Amnesty International.