Churches join forces to fight on poverty

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North Motherwell Parish and St Bernadette’s Church joined forces to highlight the issue of poverty during Christian Aid week through the building of a third world shack.

For two nights the Rev Derek Pope, Father Stephen Reilly, Motherwell West councillor Michael Ross and local residents Brian McCarron, David Miller, Colum Martin and Nicky Murphy slept in the shack built adjacent to North Motherwell Church.

Rev Pope said: ”This was a great way to take the issues out of the church and into the community. Although it was wet and windy there was a lot of interest in the shack and why we were sleeping in it.

“Groups of children from St Bernadette’s and Clydeview schools, came to visit and the local takeaway, Urban Spice, donated some food. Lots of folk stopped to give support and encouragement.”

In addition the women who run a weekly community café in the church staffed a Christian Aid tearoom.

Father Stephen Reilly added: “This was another example of the two local churches working closely together.

“Recently we jointly organised a charity concert in the community here for Christian Aid and SCIAF and we were delighted to join forces again with North Motherwell Parish at the beginning of Christian Aid Week.”