Christians prepare to contemplate World Day of Prayer

THE World Day of Prayer is on Friday, March 1 this year.

At this time, Christian people throughout the world will be joining in a service with the title ‘I was a stranger and you welcomed me’ which has been written by the Christian women of France.

Each year, the first service of the day is held on the island of Tuvalu in the Pacific Ocean close to the international dateline and services continue for a period of 36 hours until that same date concludes in Alaska just to the other side of the dateline.

In Scotland, many churches and other Christian groups will be hosting the service. The times and locations of these services are widely advertised in local areas and are open to anyone who would like to attend. Apart from some small adaptations to suit local circumstances, the service in a country kirk in Scotland will be just the same as the one held earlier in Tuvalu.

To reflect the theme 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. It’s also an opportunity to think carefully about how we treat the strangers we meet and the nature of the welcome we give to them.

Everyone is invited to attend a service to celebrate the positives and encouragements of life on Friday, March 1 at 10.30am in New Kilpatrick Parish Church, Bearsden.