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Parish News Round-up

Our regular round-up of news received from churches

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A Tearfund Scotland supporter is climbing the height of Scotland’s highest mountain to raise money for the charity – without leaving her building.

Julie Green, a member of Clincarthill Parish Church in Glasgow, is taking part in step-climbing challenge The Climb. She will reach the height of Ben Nevis by climbing up and down the stairs in her Glasgow tenement nine times every day for two weeks. Julie said: “I live at the top of 63 very steep stairs. I'm finding it tough, to be honest. But, seeing people who are so willing to support what I'm doing keeps me going.”

Tearfund launched its appeal for its work helping the world’s poorest communities face coronavirus on Monday. You can read more and donate here.


A church elder is raising money for a bereavement charity by walking at least 40 miles around his garden dressed as a gnome. Alan Harper, who is 76, from Crook of Devon in Kinross-shire is raising money for Richmond’s Hope, a church-founded charity which helps bereaved children.

 Mr Harper, an elder at Fossoway St Serf’s and Devonside Church, is nicknamed ‘Gnomey’. He said: “I am not allowed to go out for a walk so I am walking around my garden 20 times each day for at least 20 days. Twenty times round the garden is just over two miles, or 113,700 steps over 20 days and I am now into my eighth day.

“So far I have raised more than £1,500 which is very humbling, and people have said they will double their donation if I dress up as a gnome and they see a picture of me.”

You can donate to Mr Harper’s efforts at his Justgiving page.


A North Lanarkshire church is brightening up its high street after setting its community a challenge.

Bellshill Central Parish Church, which sits on the town’s Main Street, has invited local people to craft a sign of colourful hope and attach it to the church railings while passing during their daily exercise. An array of knitted hearts and crosses have already appeared, and the church is hoping the symbols will spread to create ‘a wash of colour streaming down Main Street’.


An Orkney Church has become the fifth congregation in Scotland to gain an Eco-Congregation gold award. Westray Parish Church gained the award in part for its role in community energy projects which have helped lift island homes out of energy poverty.

Full story on the Eco-Congregation Scotland website.


 


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