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Thursday March 17 2022

Our regular round-up of news received from churches

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Blue and yellow candles were lit as between 200 and 300 members and adherents of the churches of Ayr and surrounding areas gathered in Wellington Square on Saturday March 12 for an ecumenical Prayer for Peace in Ukraine and in the world.

With prayers, readings and hymns the crowd remembered the people of Ukraine and the cruelty of war. The Rev Dr Barbara Suchanek-Seitz of Ayr: St James Parish Church said: “It is important to signal our solidarity with Ukraine and with the people suffering unimaginable pain in the country, but also with the thousands of refugees who face an uncertain future and worry about loved ones.” 

Six Church of Scotland congregations as well as the local Episcopal Church and Evangelical Church were represented through their leaders with Ayr Baptist Church, Roman Catholic Church and Salvation Army also supporting the event. The crowd was spontaneously joined by passers-by.

The event will be repeated every month until the war in Ukraine has ended. 

The 6th Clydebank Guides, based at Clydebank: Kilbowie St Andrew’s Church, made beautiful bright Yellow and Blue Sunflower Bird Boxes for the girls to take home and have in their gardens, as well as raising £150 for the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts’ emergency appeal for Ukraine.

Avendale and Drumclog Church, in Strathaven in South Lanarkshire, are hugely excited about their involvement with the new Avondale Radio. This community radio station - run in Strathaven ‘by the community, for the community’, launched in the second week in March. It is run by volunteers from the town showcasing a variety of music and talk. Two church elders, Angus and Murray, have ‘got in on the ground floor’ to present a weekly hour long show of contemporary Christian music and chat. The show has been called Crossbeats and includes a short spiritual thought by the minister, the Rev Calum Stark. The church sees this as a great way to be church without walls and are actively inviting folks from within the community to tune in.  The programme is live every Wednesday at 3-4pm, online at and soon also in catch-up.

March Life and Work out now.


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