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Parish News Round-up

Thursday May 6 2021

Our regular round-up of news received from churches

Send items of parish news to or Life and Work, 121 George Street, Edinburgh EH2 4YN. All submissions will also be considered for the magazine, but we are unable to print everything we receive.
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Bellshill West Parish Church has been recognised in the Provost’s Citizenship Awards in North Lanarkshire.

The church received a certificate, signed by Provost Jean Jones, recognising ‘outstanding and dedicated service to our community’.

Since lockdown, the church has provided online services and Messy Church, a weekly musical item by organist Duncan Mackay which has been shared globally, has distributed soup and cake and Christmas dinners to people in the community, and gave Christmas gifts to 200 local children.

David Foye, the communications team leader at the church, said: “These are a few ‘highlights’ but so much more has been happening and we are just so grateful that someone has noticed us doing our wee bit for our community to get this recognition.”

The Revs Neil McNaught and David Hume from Alloway Parish Church completed their Kiltwalk on Saturday April 24, raising over £7500 for Christian Aid .

Neil said: “We are hugely grateful to the congregation and friends who supported us so generously.

“We would like to the thank Sir Tom Hunter and the Hunter Foundation for topping their generosity by 50%.

“Christian Aid does marvellous work among some of the world’s poorest and most deserving people. There is no better time to support such a vital organisation!”

The chancel of Coylton Parish Church, near Ayr, was decorated to celebrate Easter and rejoice in the return of worship in the church. The congregation were invited to help themselves to gifts of chocolate eggs from the baskets.


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