Church in the news

The latest news on The Church of Scotland's work, events and activities from external media outlets.

Thursday 19 May, 2016

Today's media monitoring report shows the media call featuring Moderator Designate Rev Dr Russell Barr earlier this week has resulted in was carried in more than 60 regional newspapers across the country, including the Galloway Gazette.

There are further follow ups on the story incorrectly claiming the General Assembly is to debate introducing online baptism. We have a web article rebutting the story. Rev Norman Smith, Vice-Convener of the Mission and Discipleship council spoke to Radio Ulster this morning along with religious affairs commentator Ruth Gledhill to discuss proposals to develop online congregations.Listen to his inteview here. (1:11:40)

The Aberdeen Evening Express covers plans for a £700,000 community hub at the city's Queen's Cross church.

A £45,000 grant from the Church's Go For It fund to recruit a new team of Street Pastors to act as guardian angels for the city's late night revellers is covered in the Edinburgh Evening News.

The Lochaber News reports the Duncansburgh Macintosh Parish Church in Fort William will have live video links with the Heart & Soul Festival in Edinburgh this weekend. It's an innovation the festival's organisers hope more congregations will participate in in coming years.

And finally in Australia, the Joondalup Health Campus newsletter features 95 year old Rev Jim Reid, who is still working one day a week as a health service chaplain. Mr Reid has been chaplain to the Australian air force, and previously represented the Church of Scotland, St Andrews Presbyterian Church in Perth.

Friday 13 May, 2016

The Herald reports on Very Rev Albert Bogle's website and online ministry Sanctuary First, which, the story says, is breaking new ground in connecting with people who can't get to church, but want to attend a service. The Herald's article 'Spiritual home on your i-phone,' mentions Life and Work's story about online ministry, and quotes Mr Bogle saying his goal is for the online ministry to become "a bona fide congregation of the Church of Scotland in line with offline worshipping." (print p3)

The Herald also reports that Derek McLennan, who found a Viking treasure hoard on Church glebe land in Galloway, is unhappy with the way he has been treated after turning over his find to the Crown. Mr McLennan tells The Herald he had hoped to be able to watch the archaelogical team get a first look at the treasure but was not allowed to do so.

"The metal detector enthusiast who found the biggest Viking treasure haul in Britain has criticised the Crown's handling of the "priceless" discovery.

"Ayrshire businessman Derek McLennan, who unearthed the Galloway Viking Hoard in 2014, said he has been sidelined by the Crown's Treasure Trove Unit and Historic Environment Scotland and so far he has received nothing for the find."

The Courier reports that congregations in the Presbytery of Dundee have been selling lego to raise money to build real life homes in Nepal for those who were made homeless after last year's earthquake. The congregations have raised funds for several Nepal homes, built through World Mission Council's Let's Build a House fundraiser. (printp4)

Local radio stations across the country reported that Prince Charles attended the 'Kirking of the Parliament' on Wednesday evening at St Giles Cathedral in Edinburgh.

Thursday 12 May, 2016

The Times, The Sun, The Daily Mail, The Daily Star of Scotland, The Press and Journal, The National and regional newspapers all report on Prince Charles's attendance at last night's Kirking ceremony. Also present were the Rt Rev Dr Angus Morrison and Scottish political leaders. The service was led by the Rev Calum MacLeod.

A couple, who appear in The Herald, and are part of the congregation at Castlemilk Parish Church, have celebrated 70 years of marriage. The occasion was celebrated with a gathering in the church.

The same story is covered in the Glasgow Evening Times.

The Scotsman promotes a Christian Aid campaign to raise money through hosting a 'Big Brekkie' event. A photo includes the Right Rev Dr Angus Morrison, the Rev Dr Russell Barr and the Rev Sally Foster Fulton.

A charity providing support to bereaved children will be able to extend to Glasgow thanks to a new lottery grant. Richmond's Hope, until now based in Edinburgh, will be able to extend to Glasgow and will be run from Ibrox Parish Church. The story appears in the Glasgow Evening Times.

Yesterday's BBC Radio Five Live 'Your Call' with Nicky Campbell was hosted from Wellington Church of Scotland, Glasgow.

Wednesday 11 May, 2016

The Times reports on Minister to Moderator, a documentary which has been made about the Right Rev Dr Angus Morrison's time as Moderator (print only). The documentary will be airing on BBC Alba tomorrow evening.

The story has also been picked up by The Scotsman, The Herald and The Press Journal,

Elsewhere The Herald writes that the Humanist Society of Scotland will be present for the first time at the annual Kirking ceremony which marks the opening of the Scottish parliament and takes place in St Giles Cathedral.

The BBC website also covers the Kirking ceremony and notes that Prince Charles will be present, along with the Right Rev Dr Angus Morrison.

Meanwhile, Coldside Parish Church in Dundee appears in The Courier after the church was robbed for the fifth time in two years. In the most recent attack lead was stripped from the roof which has caused concern over the future of the building. (print only)