Cardross Parish Church celebrated Easter by generously giving back to the community through their Lent charity campaigns.

Over the six-week period, the church raised £500 for the Beatson Cancer Charity and made enough money to donate 84 ‘Real Easter Eggs’ to Helensburgh and Dumbarton Foodbanks.

Their Beatson fundraiser saw the church’s knitting group sell hand-knitted finger puppets and cream egg covers for £3.00.

‘Real Easter Eggs’ cost £4 and contain an Easter story book, are made of Fairtrade chocolate and support charitable projects.

Rev Maggie McArthur said: “We have been stunned by the generosity of the members of our congregation and community in the giving of their time, talents and money especially at a time where so many are feeling the effects of the financial crisis.”

“I am so grateful to everyone who contributed in whatever way.”

Helensburgh Advertiser: Children played with and fed lambs at the Easter serviceChildren played with and fed lambs at the Easter service (Image: John Young)

On Easter morning, the church held a special service where members gathered in the Easter garden in front of the church.

Children were able to feed and hold baby lambs and the congregation sang hymns and said prayers.

Afterwards, people enjoyed coffee, tea and hot cross buns donated by the village Co-op while the children rolled their eggs.

Helensburgh Advertiser: Church members prayed and sang hymns at the serviceChurch members prayed and sang hymns at the service (Image: John Young)

Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, The Right Rev Dr Iain Greenshields, will be visiting the church’s Hub, which runs 10am till 2pm on a Monday and Wednesday .

The warm space every week serves fresh homemade soups, sandwiches, and cakes, as well as coffee and tea at affordable prices.

It also provides a toddler play area to make sure the whole family are entertained.

The church has conducted several other successful charity campaigns donating £160 to '1 to another Pakistan' who work with flood relief, £100 worth of food to Helensburgh Foodbank, and benefiting the Scot Baby Box Appeal for Ukraine.

(Photos: John Young)