Church services to mark Kirking of the Council
Traditional church services to mark the start of the new term for West Dunbartonshire Council took place on Sunday.
The Kirking of the Council is a long-held custom to inaugurate a
new term for the Council and this year's services were held at
Bonhill Parish Church, Alexandria and St Mary's Church,
Councillors and senior officers from the Council welcomed past
Provosts to the services along with Deputy Lieutenant Owens Sayers
and Lumsden Mathieson, and Archbishop Mario Conti who took part in
the service with Father Mills from St Mary's Church.
Representatives from Strathclyde Police and Strathclyde Fire and
Rescue were also in attendance.
Special readings by West Dunbartonshire Council Chief Executive,
Joyce White and Deputy Lieutenant, Owens Sayers were heard in
Bonhill while Provost Douglas McAllister and Leader of the Council,
Martin Rooney read for the congregation at the service in
Provost Douglas McAllister said: "The Kirking of the Council is
an important occasion for the Council and reaffirms the commitment
by our Elected Members to serve the people of West
Dunbartonshire. During the services we asked God's blessing
on the work of Elected Members and officials of the Council and it
was also an opportunity for the Council to recognise the
contribution of the Christian community. I was delighted to
see people of all faiths at this historic and important event."
Depute Provost, John Millar said: This was a very proud day for
the Council and its Elected Members and I was delighted to be part
of this historic occasion. The Kirking of the Council marks the new
term of the Council and our pledge to work on behalf of the people
of West Dunbartonshire."
Former Minister of Bonhill Parish Church, Rev Miller who retired
last month was back in the pulpit after agreeing to take part in
the historic service.
Page last update:
25 July 2012