Dundee Church Hosts Nigerian Visitors To Commemorate Mary Slessor

Mary Slessor memorial dedication
The Mary Slessor memorial plaque was dedicated in Dundee April 12

On 12 April, more than 20 visitors from the Presbyterian Church of Nigeria joined the Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland Rt Rev John Chalmers, his wife Liz, Rev Robert Calvert and the congregation of the Steeple Church in Dundee to celebrate the life and work of Mary Slessor.

The legendary Dundee missionary, who died 100 years ago, is still revered in Nigeria where she left an enduring legacy of faith, education and justice. The Moderator travelled to Nigeria in January this year, visiting Mary Slessor's home and gravesite and preaching at a series of services commemorating the centenary of her death.

After a vibrant service of worship the congregation and visitors, who included people from around Scotland with connections to Nigeria, gathered outside the church to dedicate a plaque to Mary Slessor and to lay wreaths.

While in Scotland on the anniversary of the kidnapping of more than 200 girls from Chibok, the visitors spoke about the difficulties of being a Christian in Northern Nigeria. The majority of the population in Northern Nigeria is Muslim and Boko Haram rebel groups have burned villages, abducted children and killed thousands of civilians.

Listen to a BBC radio interview with Mrs Ngozi Onwuka, from the Northern Synod of the PCN and the Church of Scotland's Twinning and Local Development Secretary and Acting Africa & Caribbean Secretary, Carol Finlay, here: http://bbc.in/1OitpM0 (Starts at 19.20)

A postcard competition in Mary Slessor's honour drew more than 2600 cards painted by children across Scotland. The cards, now on display in the Verdant Works Gallery in Dundee, illustrate how her life story continues to inspire children to make a difference in the world. Find out more about the exhibit: http://bit.ly/1D8z01n

View an album of photos of the events on The Church of Scotland's Facebook page: http://on.fb.me/1Dnsl6K

Read more about the Moderator's visit to Nigeria: http://bit.ly/1FYkKiI