A plan to deliver 40,000 free commemorative copies of St Luke’s Gospel to homes across the city has taken a significant step forward.
Local church leaders this week took delivery of the gospels from the printers. The initiative, ‘A Free Gift For All’, involves churches right across the city.
The four main church leaders, Monsignor Eamon Martin, Bishop Ken Good, Reverend Dr Robert Buick and Reverend Peter Murray, along with the project organisers, received the delivery on Monday afternoon at Altnagelvin Industrial Estate.
The specially illustrated gospels will now be hand delivered to every home in the city.
The team behind the initiative hope to recruit up to 1,000 volunteers to help with the distribution.
A special training evening for volunteers took place at Kilfennan Presbyterian Hall earlier this week.
‘A Free Gift for All’ was officially launched at a public event at Foyleside Shopping Centre earlier this year.
The organisers plan to distribute the books in coming weeks.
A spokesperson for the organisers said: “The church leaders want to emphasise their support for the UK City of Culture 2013. They feel it is important to remind the city that its roots and origins were in Christian culture.
“They have chosen the Gospel of Saint Luke because it brings a message of good news for the poor, the marginalised and those who feel cut off from society. The fact that this initiative comes from all parts of our community simply adds to the good news.”