The OMEGA group was formed a few years ago by 3 retired Cartsbridge men who had enjoyed days out together visiting local museums and historic sites. It was established to fill a need for fellowship among the older male members of the church. After the name had been chosen, one wag pointed out that OMEGA stood for “Older Men’s Exceedingly Good Adventures”.
The group meets for monthly outings and last year’s have again been a mixture of historic and modern with visits to the Glasgow RAF squadron museum, Sir Walter Scott’s home at Abbotsford, Inveraray jail and castle, Paisley museum, Summerlee industrial museum and the Forth Rail Bridge. The modern consisted of the Strathclyde fire & rescue training centre and the Malcolm Group’s excellent Linwood heritage centre where a £500,000 “super truck” was fired up for us. The spiritual aspect was not neglected as we went to Garnethill synagogue, Paisley abbey and Barcaple Christian outdoor centre. Recently the numbers have swelled with newly retired men joining as well as members of other churches. Relatives and friends without close church attachments have also come along in increasing numbers. The group is self-financing and we are able to give donations where appropriate.