Churches join hands for prayer day

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WORLD Day of Prayer takes place soon – and East Renfrewshire’s churches are banding together to show support.

A service will be held at St Aidan’s Scottish episcopal church on Friday, March 1. There, congregations from Busby, Williamwood, Greenbank, Stamperland, Netherlee and St Joseph’s churches will also take part.

The East Ren churches will join Christians throughout the world, all praying under the title ‘I was a stranger and you welcomed me’.

Every year, the first service of the day is held on the island of Tuvalu in the Pacific Ocean, close to the international dateline.

The day then ends with a service in Alaska, on the other side of the dateline.

A St Aidan’s representative told The Extra: “Apart from some small adaptations to suit local circumstances, the service held in St Aidan’s will be the same as the one held earlier in Tuvula.

“To reflect the theme of the service this year, people taking part are encouraged to wear bright and warm colours to represent the warmth of the relationships in our churches and communities.

“The service will be an opportunity to think carefully about how we treat the strangers we meet, and the nature of the welcome we give them.”

All are welcome to join in, and refreshments will be provided after the 10.30am service.