Cardonald Parish Church Calls a new Minister

We are pleased to announce that, after preaching as sole nominee at our Morning Service today (15 April 2018), the Rev. Gavin McFadyen was called (by an overwhelming majority) to be our new Minister.

Gavin was inducted on 31 May, and so is our new minister

We are pleased to welcome Gavin and Rosie to Cardonald.

Sunday School is cool!!

We are starting up our Sunday School.


Please come along for 11.15 so that the children can join in the first part of the service. After this they leave the service for their own time of learning.

Watch for further details as we improve this post!!




Cardonald embraces re-cycling!!!!

How’s that for a headline? Just as you were having to deal with the departure of your minister, Glasgow Presbytery lands you with a slightly-used Presbytery Clerk as your Interim Moderator – could it really be a recycled version of the one you had way back in 1983, after the departure of Rev John Stevenson and before the arrival of Rev Eric McLachlan? And then you discover that your Locum Minister looks suspiciously like a recycled version of the Probationer who worked with John even further back, in 1977-78!

Seriously, though, Sheila and I are really glad to have been recycled into the life of Cardonald Church, and looking forward to working with you all over the months ahead. We’ve even been pleased to notice some “recycled teenagers” from our previous links with the church alongside others who have come on board while we’ve been away.

Just to fill you in a wee bit about us, I retired from the parish of St Enoch’s Hogganfield in the east end a year ago and have been working as Joint Presbytery Clerk since then; that finishes at the end of September. Sheila had to retire for health reasons a few years ago from the Parish of Cupar St John’s and Dairsie in Fife (the Dairsie part is where another former Cardonald minister, Dr Frank Rae, served as minister after leaving here). Her health has improved quite a bit now, which is why she is able to take on this role of Locum.

That’s quite enough about us. The key thing to remember in this time of so-called “vacancy” is that the life of the church goes on, and this time without a full-time minister is one in which it is specially important that we all continue to work together, knowing that God’s lively spirit remains powerfully at work in us, around us, and through us.

We have already had one sharp reminder that there are also difficult times for us to face, in the sense of shared loss felt over the sudden death of former BB Captain Ian MacDonald. Yet just as we pray for his family and our own 44th BB Company in that loss, we see God at work – not just in the celebration of his life and the praise of such a full church at his funeral, but in the strength given his family, in the care generously given by the local church in Seahouses and in the life of the Company going forward.

Over the next few weeks, you will start to hear intimations in church about the various steps towards seeking a new minister. We all have a part to play in that, and one of the first things will be in forming a Nominating Committee of thirteen people, which we hope to elect in October. Maybe you could play a part in making that Committee reflect the range of people who are Cardonald Church, or you could encourage someone you know to get involved in it.

Most important, keep praying for this and the ongoing work of our church.

But there are plenty of other ways in which we will continue the variety of work the church does. Could this be the time for you to take on a new part in that?  The Kirk Session will also be reflecting on where we are in that life, and where we want to be going together – if you have thoughts on that, why not talk to your elder about it?

We are not stuck in a siding waiting for something to happen so we can get on our way again. We are moving on with our Lord in our journey, and Sheila and I look forward to sharing that with you going ahead.

Yours in Christ,

Graham K Blount (Interim Moderator)


Rev Macleod Inducted to Rutherglen Old

The evening of 6 July saw a party of around 65 Cardonald members attend the Induction of Calum MacLeod to Rutherglen Old Parish Church.

Together with members of Rutherglen Old and members of Glasgow Prestbytery the pews in the old and historic Church were well filled with supporters of Calum.

This means that Cardonald now has a vacancy for a minister.

The Rev. Dr. Graham Blount has been appointed Interim Moderator by Glasgow Presbytery. The Rev. Sheila Blount (Mr Blount’s wife and former Assistant Minister at Cardonald) has been appointed as Locum Minister to the Congregation, with effect from 1 August.

The Locum minister may be contacted via the Church Office on 0141 882 6264 or by e – mail to


Goodbye meal with Calum, Ada, Beth – Joy and John

Fifty – eight members of Cardonald Parish Church gathered at Ralston Golf Club on Wednesday evening  to say goodbye to Calum and family before their move to sunny Rutherglen.

Session Clerk Fergus Stewart caught the mood of the attendees with his speech, particularly with this item (sincere apologies to the Gilbert and Sullivan Society):-

He is the very model of a moderator general,

With information vegetable, animal and mineral,

He knows it all from Genesis and quotes it quite methodical,

Line by line and verse by verse in order categorical,

He’s well acquainted too, you know, with matters mathematical,

From Fibonacci numbers which to us are problematical,


Extensive are the quantities of words he’ll sometimes choose to use,

For us it’s very tempting to raise up our little flag of truce


So it’s filial, uxorial, makarios and docetism,

Attracting here and there a teeny, little bit of criticism,

He’ll go into depths on topics which are truly cosmological,

And back them up with others which are downright theological,

He’ll send a mail subpended with an erudite pericope,

That might just be subjected to a session clerk photocopy.


Demonstrations and experiments most daring and so challenging,

Well, that Mobius strip got quite a snip!

In short, in matters vegetable, animal and mineral,

He is the very model of a moderator general.


Our  thanks to the Cardonald Summer Singers for their first class singing of some popular songs and to Mary Reid for her witty vote of thanks.





Cardonald Parish Church celebrated Pentecost with an adult baptism, and the confirmation of three new communicant members of the Congregation. Jane Miller was bapized, and she, Anne McSwan, and Angus MacDonald were admitted. The service concluded with the Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper.

For the Minister, the Rev. Calum MacLeod, it was very poignant — being his final service as Minister of Cardonald Parish Church. After the Benediction, the Session Clerk, Fergus Stewart, flanked by the Kirk Session, addressed the Congregation, paying fulsome tribute to the departing minister. Fittingly, the Session Clerk closed his complimentary speech with a prayer.