Carluke Parish Grouping
- Offer Touching Places in the town centre.
- Explore church presence in the East side of the town.
- Engage with the needs of vulnerable people.
- Develop work among young people.
- Reach out to the rest of the town, taking account of new people in new areas.
The three congregations of the Church of Scotland in Carluke formed a Parish Grouping in 2006. The Parish Grouping took a significant step forward in 2010 when a mission audit conducted in the town led to the identification of 5 mission priorities listed in the panel above.
Further discussion among the three churches has resulted in a number of practical initiatives which show the love of Jesus Christ at work in the community:
- A Food Bank serving the whole of Clydesdale was established in 2013, in conjunction with New Beginnings, a charity which supports homeless people as they move into a new home, and now assists around 50 households per month. The Clydesdale Food Bank is now a SCIO, with the Scottish Charity Number SC045073.
- A facility offering Funeral Teas to bereaved families who may be unable to meet the costs of a gathering of family and friends has been put in place.
- Major investment in training people as Listeners, in collaboration with Listen Well Scotland, has developed a resource of around 30 personnel who are available to listen to those wishing to talk about concerns, at church, weekly events/cafés or indeed anywhere.