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The Rev Ian Miller will be taking a special service at Lomond Parish Church on Christmas Eve. Picture by Bill Heaney

By Democrat reporter

Come all ye faithful … and even if you’re not all that faithful, get your coat on and turn up anyway.

The Rev Ian Miller  wants Vale of Leven folk to join him for a special “midnight” service in Lomond Parish Church on Christmas Eve. It starts at 11.15pm.

Mr Miller has been the locum minister at Lomond Parish Church, known as the White Church in Balloch, since February and is looking forward to the festive event.

Over the past seven years, the minister has delivered the midnight service across the area including in Rhu, Dumbarton, Old Kilpatrick, Luss and Jamestown.

He is delighted to be back in the Vale after years at Bonhill with memories of people packing in to the church to join together in celebration.

He said: “I am really looking forward to celebrating Christmas Eve there. There is always something special about the midnight service.

“I just so love the way folk used to crowd into Bonhill Church. Sometimes it was standing room only.

“There was always laughter and fun but moments of poignancy as we remembered that first Christmas.

“The message then was ‘peace and goodwill’. At a time of division in the country and even at times in our community as views on issues become polarised, the message still has a relevancy.

“If you are free, friends old and new, come and join us. I look forward to seeing you.”

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