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Gifts of the land

In the season of harvest, Jackie Macadam discovers a number of churches making creative use of property.


YOUTH Cafés and clubs; lunch groups for the elderly; groups designed to help people with dementia and their carers; children’s playgroups and crèches for immigrants or refugees and their children; summer holiday clubs – they’re all taking place in church halls and rooms the length and breadth of Scotland.

Sometimes though, something special is created, using imagination, willpower and determination that draws its strength from the land.

‘Blackhill’s Growing’ is based at St Paul’s Church in Provanmill, Glasgow.

“’Blackhill’s Growing’ is a very successful community growing project which is now mid-way through its third growing season,” says Melanie Hall, Community Growing and Cooking Co-ordinator with St Paul’s Youth Forum. “The growing project came out of a response to tackle food insecurity in an area where vandalism was expected to destroy the project. But through building relationships with the most marginalised, our project continues to flourish. We have three poly-tunnels, an orchard, large chicken coop where we keep a flock of chickens for eggs, lots of raised beds, a coop where we hope to be raising turkeys for our community Christmas dinner and an outdoor woodfired pizza oven with picnic tables.”

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IN THIS ISSUE YEAR OF YOUNG PEOPLE - Reflection on the part the Church in the celebration of young people GIFTS OF THE LAND - Churches making creative use of land based resources JOURNEYING TOGETHER - Second part of focus on the new Church of Scotland Guild projects 'I FEEL THAT MY FAITH PERMEATES EVERYTHING I WRITE' - Poet and author Kenneth Steven and much more.....