Church in the News: 6 March, 2017

Church in the news highlights Tuesday 28 February - Monday 6 March

New Principal Clerk Designate

The Church of Scotland announced the selection of the Principal Clerk Designate following a recruitment process which was completed last week.

The successful candidate is Rev Dr George Whyte, who is the current clerk to the Presbytery of Edinburgh. Dr Whyte has also been assisting as Depute to the current Principal Clerk since 2011.

The new appointment was covered in The Herald and the Edinburgh Evening News

Former actress takes up new role

Rev Rhona Cathcart has taken her first charge at Inverurie West Church where she plans to bring “creativity, energy and a listening ear” to the 633 member strong congregation and surrounding community.

The Canada-born mother of two said she had been inspired to take up the post after being made to feel “exceedingly welcome” during a visit.

The Press & Journal published an article about the appointment.Minister speaks out about funeral poverty

Rev Andrew Philip of Crieff Parish Church spoke on BBC Radio Scotland saying ministers do not charge to conduct funerals so no fee should be paid to funeral directors for the celebrant.

Minister speaks out after car theft fee

Rev Martin Fair of St Andrew's Arbroath was upset when his Vauxhall Corsa was stolen from outside his house but thanks to a tracking device installed in the car he was soon able to trace its whereabouts

However, despite being able to track its exact location enabling him to assist the police, Mr Fair was eventually billed for £150 to cover the cost of temporary storage at a garage. He described this as "a nasty surprise" and expressed dismay that such an unpleasant experience ended in this way.

The story has had wide coverage today and yesterday including in The Sunday Post, The Sun and The Courier.

Local news coverage of the week

A childrens' pancake race organised by Duns Parish Church made the front cover of the Berwickshire News. The photos accompanying the article are particularly engaging and it's a great example of a church building strong ties with its local press. ;

Rev Hanneke Marshall, until last week Assistant minister in Duns and now Minister at St Machar’s Ranfurly Church, said that an open and active Facebook page was also helping them to promote church events to a wider audience.