Our Stories

For the Anniversary in 2009, all in the congregation were invited to write down something of their story in being part of RBCC.  These were submitted and displayed at the front of the sanctuary.  Contributors were given the option of handing them in sealed or unsealed.  The unsealed ones were available for all to read and are reproduced here.  The sealed ones are not reproduced here.


Our stories are arranged in alphabetical order by first name.


Ailsa Metters

When I started coming to the church: 1977

How I started coming to the church? 
My husband and I moved from Maryhill when my mother-in-law died at the age of 50. Both of us being brought up in the Church of Scotland I was looking for a church locally and came to the Baptist Church after trying other churches round about.  The people couldn’t have been friendlier.  I had to find God again and get some answers. My three children came to the church and I remember Colin as a baby sleeping along the pews through the service.  I remember Mr McCruden (the minister then) saying that the young ones were the future.

My dreams for RBCC are: See more couples and families come to be part of this family.

 



Cathy McManus

When I started coming to the church: 
1981

How I started coming to the church? 
Because everyone was very friendly and caring

My dreams for RBCC are: 
For our church to grow and for the grace of the Lord Jesus to be with everyone.

A church actively committed to its community, expectant that God will bring many to faith in Christ and will move by His spirit to heal sickness and transform lives.

 


Donald Corlett

When I started coming to the church: 1999

How I started coming to the church? 
Needed a new start

My dreams for RBCC are: To see us sharing  our lives, our worship, our homes, our prayers and gifts that God has given us more and more each day until that is all we do every day, bringing many others with us.

 


Else McPake

When I started coming to the church: 1962

How I started coming to the church? Got engaged to Jimmy Johnston and we decided the Baptist Church was where we wanted to go.

My dreams for RBCC are: More young people.  Extra seats near the door for latecomers some of whom could be new to the area.

 


Ernie Haggarty

When I started coming to the church: 1948

How I started coming to the church? At gunpoint. I was first to join the Lifeboy Company and continued as a boy and officer in the BB until 1966.  I was also an active member of the Young People’s Fellowship.  This is where Nancy came into the story.  Due to a demanding career I became less active in the church. I was always keen for the church to have drama group and a dozen years later GYT and GAP are going strong.

My dreams for RBCC are: My dream is the dreams become reality.

 


Freda Love

When I started coming to the church: 1993

How I started coming to the church? At the end of 1992, I took up the position of sheltered housing warden at Eastcroft. I had transferred from Fernhill and Cathkin to the West Parish.  Work commitments kept me from attending in the mornings so I started going to RBCC to Sunday Night Live in the hall.  Something drew me.  I was then baptised on Pentecost Sunday 1993 in Rutherglen Swimming Pool united with family, friends and RBCC members.

My dreams for RBCC are: 
Still the same, that we are a friendly church.  Keep reaching out to people in need, just as we always have done. To care and share, not to judge and the love that our Father God gives us to pass on and on.

 


Helen McKenzie

When I started coming to the church: 1994

How I started coming to the church? I moved to Rutherglen on what I thought was a temporary basis. I had been a Christian for a number of years but was seeking a church in the local area.  Someone said “Try the Baptist Church”. I did, I felt at home. I stayed! 

My dreams for RBCC are: To see a vibrant, loving worshipping church family extending its arms to all, especially those in the local community and in doing so giving honour to God.

 


Katie Paterson

When I started coming to the church: 2005

How I started coming to the church? I wanted to find a church to go in and sit at the back, just be invisible ~ God had different ideas and he brought me home to RBCC.

My dreams for RBCC are: That we can make a difference in the community and share God’s love for each and everyone.

 


Ken Coulter

When I started coming to the church: 1986

How I started coming to the church? After studying theology in Aberdeen the congregation (and God) called Muriel and me to be here.  When I started it was with a great sense of privilege and honour to be involved in this congregation.  That sense of privilege and honour has not diminished.

My dreams for RBCC are: Shortly after we came here, we had a visit from a man form England called Peter who had a prophetic ministry.  He believed that God had called this congregation to be a harbour.  When I first heard that I thought of a marina with nice yachts.  The reality is a ship repair yard with over the years many broken and wounded people finding the reality of God here and then being called to further work for him beyond Rutherglen.  My dream is that we continue to develop as a harbour for those in the community who as yet, have no connection with RBCC or with God. 

 


Marion Hamilton

When I started coming to the church: 1936

How I started coming to the church: With my father

My dreams for RBCC are: Same direction as now (just a bit more)

 


Matthew Simpson

When I started coming to the church: 1997

How I started coming to the church? With my dad.  I was just a baby at the time and used to join in worship with my rattle

My dreams for RBCC are: More uplifting songs.

 


Myra Nisbet

When I started coming to the church: 2001

How I started coming to the church? 
I was very down and looking for the Lord to help me. I was drinking very heavily since the murder of my son who was 23. I first joined the Mormons and was baptised there but soon realised it was not for me.  I left and several weeks later I walked through the doors of Rutherglen Baptist Church and knew I was home.  I had been brought up in the Baptist Church but fell away and turned my back. I am in AA now and 7 years sober. I love and owe my life to Jesus. I was baptised in the church.

My dreams for RBCC are: To continue to be a happy and restful church to be in.  I would like to see more young kids come and listen and learn about Jesus especially teenagers.

 


Nancy Haggarty

When I started coming to the church: 1955

How I started coming to the church? A friend asked me to join the Guide Company. I was made to feel very welcome. I enjoyed the music and continued to come.  I was baptised on Easter Sunday 1959, married in 1964 all in RBCC.  God has gently nudged me, pushed me, and moved me along in my journey with him which is why the place means so much to me.

My dreams for RBCC are: That everyone will feel welcome and find’s God’s peace and strength as they walk in the door and as they go out be ready to share this peace and strength with others, so that they too can experience God’s love and share it around. This is how God changes communities.

 


Nancy Speirs

When I started coming to the church: 1994

How I started coming to the church? Moved to Rutherglen and transferred from Adelaide Place Baptist Church. I was welcomed into fellowship on Easter Sunday 1994.

My dreams for RBCC are: That the Lord will add to our numbers and we will reach out to the community.

 


Patricia Mounire Nabintu

When I started coming to the church: 2009

How I started coming to the church? My friend Elene brought me here because I was just at home thinking about my life. 

My dreams for RBCC are: I want my church to become big and loving, sharing and supporting.

 


Stuart Simpson

When I started coming to the church: 1997

How I started coming to the church? When we returned from Singapore in July 1997 we initially went to QPBC. We had got saved In Cyprus in 1993.  I passed RBCC to go to QPBC and God prompted about visiting the local church. So I did and stayed.

My dreams for RBCC are: More kids, more local people, more from overseas.

A return to basic Baptist values:

  • Bible (we should all feel the need to bring one each week)

  • Baptism

  • Prayer (more prayer and bible study in homes during the week.

Outreach (continue the good work that Katie have done and continue to pray for other ways to make contact with the community.

 


Susan Morison

When I started coming to the church: 1999

How I started coming to the church? Living in Rutherglen, therefore wanted a church in Rutherglen.

My dreams for RBCC are: A sanctuary that opens directly onto a garden so everyone is reminded of creation, that seasons, good and bad, are part of God’s plan, and the need for nurture if you want growth.

 



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