Church in the News: 31 October, 2016

Prayers for America

Church leaders in the USA have called on Scots to pray for the country amid growing tensions over the presidential election between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.

The Presbyterian Church USA (PCUSA), The Church of Scotland's American partner organisation, has issued a call to the faithful to pray for peace and a "non-violent transition from one president to the next".

The Right Rev Dr Russell Barr, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland who is currently in the USA on official business, said he was "quite taken aback" by the mood in the country and has backed the call.

The Scotsman and The Herald both covered this.

Youngest Current Minister Ordained

A former shop assistant has become the youngest Church of Scotland minister currently active today.

Rev Stuart Love, 25, was ordained last week at Clincarthill Parish Church on the southside of Glasgow and has become the current youngest Church of Scotland minister.

The former sales assistant at WH Smiths in Hamilton said he was "excited and nervous" about his new role in equal measure.

Mr Love said his parents Lorna and Robin told him that he declared at the age of five that he wanted to be either a Church minister or the Prime Minister when he grew up.

He added that his calling to Clincarthill Parish Church was a sign that "God is not finished" with the Church of Scotland.

The story was picked up by The Herald, The Scotsman, The Edinburgh Evening News and the Glasgow Evening Times.

Church Still Receives Annual Gift 700 Hundred Years On

A decree from King Robert the Bruce 700 years ago giving a church £5 per year as a reward for services rendered is still being enacted. The Church, which is now Cullen and Deskford church, was granted the annual sum after the congregation helped the King with the funeral arrangements of his wife, Elizabeth de Burgh in 1327.

Daily Mail, The Herald, and the Press & Journal wrote articles about the annual gift.