Scottish Sun and Hospitality

Drumchapel Essenside URC

Last weekend I spent an enjoyable time with Revd William Young and his two churches in the Glasgow area: Clydebank Morison Memorial Church and Drumchapel Essenside Church.  The previous weekend had been the 125th Anniversary for Morison Memorial, celebrated with the help of Douglas McAllister, the Provost of West Dunbartonshire, and Revd Dr David Pickering, the Moderator of the National Synod of Scotland.  I guess they might be feeling moderatored out!

Morison Memorial Church, Clydebank

This Sunday was a first for me; preaching twice at their morning services.  Drumchapel is the smaller of the two congregations but certainly made up for it with one of the most enthusiastic welcomes (during their time of fellowship) I’ve ever experienced … long may it continue.  This is not a church you can quietly slip in and out unnoticed on a Sunday morning.  The welcome at Morison Memorial was equally warm (as indicated by the photograph below), but less physical as the pews do hinder movement a bit.

Some of the Morison Memorial congregation

I was interested to hear that Morison Memorial church was hit during the Clydebank blitz, the only bombing raid on Scotland by the Luftwaffe during the second world war!  The roof was badly damaged and repaired by the local fire brigade.





4 thoughts on “Scottish Sun and Hospitality

  1. Moira Kleissner

    As an ex- Bankie and someone who visited Morrison Memorial many times in my younger years (my grandparents being members of Radnor Park Congregational – I was a member of Clydebank United Free). I remember the minister Alex Cairns and John Butler head of Scripture Union Scotland who attended it.
    Glad you enjoyed your visit.
    However Clydebank was not the only town in Scotland hit by the Lufftwaffe by any means. It was the worst hit town though, with only 7 houses not damaged and the population going from 50,000 to 5,000 in 3 days through death, injury and people fleeing.

    People forget about the horrors of the 2 night blitz on Clydebank and how Winston Churchill himself refused to send more much needed fire fighting equipment just before the Blitz. Everyone knew Clydebank was in danger because of the shipbuilding and heavy industry. The town suffered terribly…….and it is forgotten in England.

  2. Andrew Kleissner

    Alan –

    My wife comes from Clydebank and was pleased to note your mention of the Blitz there – she gets tired of constant references to London (and, perhaps, Coventry) to the exclusion of other places. Sadly, though, Clydebank was not the only Scottish town to suffer: Greenock suffered two nights of intense attack and there were also raids on (at least) Dundee, Aberdeen and Edinburgh. And Peterhead was considered to be the second most bombed town in Britain, suffering no less than 28 raids!

    That’s just to set the record straight – we’re glad you enjoyed your visit!

  3. Alan Yates Post author

    Dear Andrew,
    Thanks for your record. I appreciate you pointing out the suffering that went on in Scotland. I have a degree of empathy with you because my family comes from the ship building part of the North East and I remember tales from my Grand Parents. I was told that my Grand Father managed to dislodge an incendiary bomb from the roof and prevented his home from being burnt to the ground.

  4. Alan Yates Post author

    Dear Moira,

    Thanks for your comments. I do hope the destruction is never forgotten and remains a sign of man’s inhumanity to man … and the rejuvenation a sign of God’s grace.

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