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  • Thought for the day 23 October
    23 October Yesterday Jason Leitch said openly that Christmas this year will not be the same as we have been used to. Politicians and the media reacted vociferously. Maybe they feel they have to. But with current levels of infection, past experience of the way in which ‘spikes’ can occur, …

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  • Thought for the day 22 October
    22 October At the start of the pandemic in the Spring there was a definite sense that ‘we are all in this together’. Does that sense of unity across and within the nations of Britain still exist? Is there full co-operation between the different authorities within Britain and its constituent …

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  • Thought for the day 21 October
    21 October Trafalgar Day The anniversary of the naval battle against the combined French and Spanish navies has long been commemorated by the Royal Navy. The details may not particularly concern us now – especially as France and Spain are now allies – but it gives us a focus to …

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  • Thought for the day 20 October
    20 October World Statistics Day Do you ever listen to a group of politicians, ‘experts’, ‘scientists’, campaigners or the like arguing over something (Covid-19, general health, climate change, unemployment, poverty or whatever) and as your eyes glaze over with confusion, think’ “But you aren’t comparing like with like, it’s apples …

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  • Thought for the day 19 October
    19 October After a period of dry, fairly still weather, with a number of sunny days – so that we could enjoy the Autumn colours – we’re back to wind and rain. Younger people find such days great fun, when they put on their wellies and go splashing in the …

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  • Sunday Worship, 18 October 2020
    Follow online or watch on YouTube… Contents: Welcome; Hymn Great is thy faithfulness; All age time; Prayer; Reading Matthew 22: 15-22; Hymn I, The Lord Of Sea And Sky; Reflection; Prayer for others; Hymn We Have A Gospel To Proclaim; Blessing
  • Thought for the day 17 October
    International Day for the Eradication of Poverty Poverty is a major issue around the world: five years ago it was estimated that there were 736m people, mainly in South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa, living on less than US$1.9/ day. That has probably increased. Poverty affects ability to access food (especially …

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  • Thought for the day 16 October
    World Food Day Organised by the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation, World Food Day calls for ‘global solidarity to help all populations, and especially the most vulnerable, to recover from the [Covid-19] crisis, and to make food systems more resilient and robust so they can withstand increasing volatility and climate …

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  • Thought for the day 15 October
    Breast Cancer Awareness MonthOctober is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Most of us will know someone who has been diagnosed with breast cancer. Diagnosis and treatment have advanced considerably over the years, but being advised that you or someone close have/has breast cancer is still a shock, the treatment can have …

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  • Thought for the day 14 October
    New tiered restrictions come into effect in England today, amid calls from one side for tighter restrictions, and another for relaxed restrictions. Scotland has been promised a tiered approach later in the month, with perhaps a fourth tier. Northern Ireland will be announcing new restrictions today, and Wales has threatened …

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  • Thought for the day 13 October
    Last Thursday was World Sight Day. Many of us here wear glasses or contact lenses, and even if you have good distance-vision there comes a point in our forties or fifties when we start needing reading glasses. Move on a few years and we may have to contend with cataracts …

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  • Prayer Diary: Week Beginning 11 October
    We pray for local businesses: West Dunbartonshire possesses some of the most beautiful landscapes in the country. As a destination for day travellers and holiday makers, we rely locally on a thriving tourist industry. However, the recent uncertainties relating to Covid-19 have already decimated many businesses and are threatening the …

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