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Thursday March 24

Our regular round-up of news received from churches

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Clydebank Kilbowie St Andrew’s Church has within it the Blitz Memorial Chapel for the town of Clydebank.

The church marked the 75th Anniversary of the Clydebank Blitz with an ecumenical service on Sunday March 13. The service was conducted by local clergy with the Most Rev Mario J Conti, Emeritus Archbishop of Glasgow and the Very Rev Albert O Bogle former Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland taking part. In a packed church people listened to stories from the blitz read by people born between 1941 and 2011.

A large triptych painting by Tom McKendrick, commemorating the blitz, was  gifted to the church. This now hangs in the Blitz Chapel.

A commemorative booklet was also produced, which included the Order of Service, a poem which had been commissioned for the 60th Anniversary and was read on the day by the actor James Cosmo, the images of the gifted painting and the names of the civilian war dead of the Clydebank Blitz.

528 civilians were killed during the attacks on March 13-14 1941, 617 were severely injured and around 50,000 people left homeless. The Moderator of the General Assembly preached at a service of remembrance at the Palace of Westminster on March 15.


Girdle Toll Church hosted the 2016 World Day of Prayer Service for the Guilds of Irvine on the afternoon of Friday March 4.

The photograph shows the Worship Leader Marjorie Stanton and the other main participants standing at the Communion Table on which lay the colours of the flag of Cuba. This year's order of service was written by  Christian women of Cuba, on the theme 'Receive Children, Receive Me'.



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