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Service of thanksgiving this weekend at Derry church targeted by vandals last year

Marie Louise McConville

A service of thanksgiving will take place at a Derry church this weekend, one year after it was damaged in a break-in.

In September 2017, vandals defecated and urinated in Christ Church while a church organ and a stained glass window were extensively damaged.

A decanter used in Holy Communion was also stolen.

One year on, the church has now been restored and a harvest festival on Sunday will mark the restoration of the window and organ.

Speaking to BBC Radio Foyle, Archdeacon Robert Miller said: "People were very generous with their donations, their time and their interest, but also with their money. We're very thankful for that".

Church of Ireland Bishop of Derry and Raphoe, Rev Ken Good will worship with the congregation at Christ Church on Sunday.

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