First wedding held at new Glasgow church

A new church in Glasgow has held its first wedding service which was a real community affair.

Castlemilk Parish Church
Linda Hay, Rev Sarah Brown and George Hay. Michael Farrell of Castlemilk Against Austerity

George Hay and Linda Robertson tied the knot at Castlemilk Parish Church in front of friends and family.

It was particularly fitting that they were the first couple to get married in the building because it was officially opened by the new Mrs Hay's son, Kevin, at a special ceremony last September.

The 12-year-old cut the ribbon in a move that heralded the beginning of a new journey for the merged congregations of Castlemilk East and West churches.

Kevin also played an important role at the wedding – he gave his mother away at the altar.

Love and generosity

Mrs Hay, said: "It was a fantastic, breathtaking day.

"The effort people put into making our day special meant the world to us."

Church staff, led by meals coordinator Sharon Murphy, put together a wonderful buffet for the Hay's guests.

Members of the congregation helped prepare the building and outfits for the wedding, which was held on April 8.

And elder Irene Gibson baked a delicious cake which was on display in the beautifully presented reception area of the church.

The happy couple were married by Castlemilk Parish Church minister, Rev Sarah Brown.

She said: “It was a wonderful privilege to celebrate Linda and Geo’s commitment to one another.

“Their wedding was a great excuse for the community to come together and be part of something beautiful.

“I am inspired by the love and generosity that everyone has for the newly married couple and their family – a day I will never forget because everyone made it so special.”

Kevin Robertson. Michael Farrell of Castlemilk Against Austerity

Castlemilk Parish Church is firmly embedded in the local community and was praised by Scottish Government Secretary for Communities, Angela Constance, who visited in January.

She said it’s Community Meals Project was a great example of how locals can come together and make the lives of the those less fortunate better.

The initiative provides a local response through community meals and social activities twice a month for local people to help address food poverty and alleviate social isolation.

People are allowed to pay what they can afford by donation or giving of their own time and talent as their method of payment.

Stunning cake

Ms Brown was assisted by Isabella Fagiani who is spending a year in Castlemilk as a Young Adult Volunteer – a joint initiative between the Priority Areas Committee and Presbyterian Church USA.

The wedding cake. Image - Michael Farrell of Castlemilk Against Austerity