MSP Alexander Stewart has praised his local parish church in Alloa for being “instrumental in encouraging and nurturing tolerance, understanding and belonging” in the community.
Mr Stewart visited St Mungo’s Parish Church in Alloa this month to enjoy the Church Barbeque and praised the people there as well as local minister Rev Sang Y Cha.
“St Mungo’s Parish Church means so much to Alloa; it is the hub of the community and is instrumental in encouraging and nurturing tolerance, understanding and belonging.
“The Rev Sang Y Cha is immensely charismatic and engaging. This is immediately apparent when you first meet him and under his leadership, St Mungo’s actively fosters this sense of sanctuary, support and belonging which I believe is essential in maintaining, retaining and sustaining the church’s popularity within the community.”
The MSP for Mid Scotland and Fife also visited the SCPO stand at the Scottish Parliament this summer and supports the Meet Your MSP project.
“Many believe that the church is losing its relevance in society; if that is the case, then it is vital that the Scottish Parliament does all it can to ensure the public are aware of the work which is actively taking place.
“More and more needs to be done to engage with the public and it is vital that MSPs play their part in spreading the message and restoring any confidence which may have been lost. Scotland’s churches are a distinctive part of Scottish civic life. Together, they played a significant part in the movement which created the Scottish Parliament, and their commitment to the well-being of the nation has continued and developed since then.”
Mr Stewart is also Battalion President of Stirling and District Batallion of The Boys’ Brigade and attends as many church parades as he can across the area.
Pictured below: Irene MacKinnon of SCPO and Alexander Stewart, MSP for Mid Scotland and Fife