Ayrshire Churches Pray for Peace in Ukraine

Blue and yellow candles were lit, as hundreds of people from churches across Ayrshire gathered in Ayr’s Wellington Square on Saturday, 12 March for an ecumenical prayer for peace in Ukraine and in the world.

With prayers, readings and hymns the crowd remembered the people of Ukraine and the cruelty of war.

The Rev Dr Barbara Suchanek-Seitz, Minister of St James Parish Church, Ayr and one of the organisers, said in her welcoming address, “It is important to signal our solidarity with Ukraine and with the people suffering unimaginable pain in the country, as well as the thousands of refugees who face an uncertain future and worry about loved ones.”

A number of congregations and denominations were represented through their church leaders and members. Passers-by also joined the crowd.

The Rev Martyn Trembath, Rector of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, Ayr said, “It was important to come together as Christians to stand in solidarity with Ukraine.”

Ian Gall, Pastor of Riverside Evangelical Church, Ayr commented, “It is good for the town to see our Churches united in our support for the Ukrainian people.”

The event will be repeated every month until the war in Ukraine has ended.

The next gathering will take place on Saturday 16 April 2022 at 11am in Wellington Square in Ayr.

Has your church community planned or held an event in support of the people of Ukraine? Email our Digital Missioner, Petko Marinov, on digitalmissioner@glasgow.anglican.org to share the news with people across the Diocese!