Church in the news

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

Tuesday 10 May, 2016

The Courier reports on a retired minister in Fife, the Rev Cameron Mackenzie, who has just completed an 101 mile challenge. The 86 year-old walked a total of 100 miles and swam a mile over a few weeks to raise money for SportsAid Scotland.

Also in The Courier is an article about a Pictish well used by St Fergus to baptise people into Christianity. St Fergus' Well, Glamis, has recently received a grant to make the site accessible again after becoming overgrown. The article goes on to talk about the history of Glamis Parish Church.

Independent Catholic News reports on a visit to Scotland from the first ever Catholic Cardinal of Myanmar. As part of his visit, Cardinal Charles Maung Bo will be meeting with the Right Rev Angus Morrison.

Monday 9 May, 2016

The East Lothian Courier reports that Rev Neil Dougall, minister at St Andrew Blackadder Church in North Berwick, has been appointed as the new Moderator of the Presbytery of Lothian.

The Carrick Times and The Larne Times both publish a commentary on our attitudes toward children in Church. Discipline or is it really just control asks if children should have more freedom to express their joy in worship.

The Paisley Daily Express reports that Elderslie Kirk has launched a new stewardship programme called Giving for Growth and is holding a special event May 22-23 where the congregation can see displays that show the work the Church is doing. (print p9)

The Press and Journal reported that Rev Robert Cleland of Ardersier, who played for Nairn County in the 1980s is appealing to the public to help him set up a veterans' football league in the Highlands. (print p21)

The Dumfries and Galloway Standard reports on a meeting of Dumfries and KIrkcudbright Presbytery noting that Rev Sally Russell, minister at Corsock and Kirkpatrick Durham with Crossmichael, Parton and Balmaghie has been elected as Presbytery Moderator for 2016-17. (print p23)

Friday 6 May, 2016

The Herald reported that Rev Jonathan Fleming of Erskine Parish Church helped out parents by offering a childcare play area Thursday, after schools were turned into polling stations for the day. (print p3)

The Mearns Leader reports that a final decision on the future if Johnshaven Church is due next week. The congregation has planned to sell the church to developers who want to turn it into a block of flats. The congregation would then attend St Cyrus. The change requires planning permission which has been delayed because of concerns voiced by the community council over parking. (print p6)

The Midlothian Advertiser reports that Church elder and Guild member Janie Pryde has been named Musselburgh's citizen of the year for her community work through St Michael's Church. (print p11)

The Courier reports that Rev Stuart Irvin has been installed at St Catherine's Argyle in Edinburgh.

"St Catherine's Argyle in Edinburgh quit the Church of Scotland along with minister the Rev Robin Sydserff in 2014 over the ordination of same-sex clergy.

"The congregation of St Catherine's has since re-vitalised itself following the painful split and has appointed the Rev Stuart Irvin to lead the flock...

"The 31-year-old said he was delighted to be joining an inspirational and energetic group of people who are deeply committed to their faith."

STV online publishes a report by Pamela Tulloch who visited Malawi to see how a group of Scottish missionaries have built on the legacy of David Livingstone and the Church of Scotland.

"Below Mount Mulanje people are working in the fields hoping for a better crop than the year past. In Malawi, hunger is only ever one bad harvest away.

"For the last 20 minutes, there have been no road signs or obvious markers until nurse Annie Kaseka spots a child by the roadside ushering them towards Margaret Makhunya's home.

"Margaret is one of many vulnerable patients being looked after by palliative care staff at Mulanje Mission Hospital, a project supported, in part, by a group of Scottish missionaries.

"The hospital was founded by the Church of Scotland and has a history which can be traced back to those who followed in the footsteps of explorer and medic David Livingstone."

Thursday 5 May, 2016

The Alloa Advertiser has reported that a CrossReach run mental health service in Alloa has been hailed by the Care Inspectorate for its inclusive approach.

The Herald reports that people from Sorn in Ayrshire are mourning longstanding church members, Henry McBeath, 80 and Jessie McBeath, 78. who were killed in a road traffic accident.

The Press and Journal reports that islanders on Colonsay have raised £60,000 in six months to replace the church belfry.

It reads " Donations have been flooding in from all over the world and, yesterday, when The Royal Scottish Shipping Line noticed that they needed £3,000 to reach their target, it stepped in to help. Kevin Byrne, session clerk of the Georgian church built in 1802, said: "It is wonderful. It's extremely encouraging quite extraordinary." (print p10)

The Press and Journal has published a report on the Moderator the Right Rev Dr Angus Morrison who is currently visiting the Presbytery of Moray. The article touches on Dr Morrison's view that minister recruitment is a challenge for the region.

The Courier has published an article about the Rev Stuart Irvin who has been called to lead St Catherine's Argyll Church in Edinburgh. He has vowed to help the congregation continue to grow from strength to strength after more than 200 people left over the ordination of same-sex ministers.

The Paisley Daily Express has published an article about St James's Church which is closing its doors soon. (print only)

The Dumfries & Galloway Standard has published an article about a former policeman who has become a minister. The Rev David Logan will lead the St Mary's and Caerlavrock congregations. (print only)

The Carluke/Lanark Gazette have carried a piece about a new minister called to lead congregations in the Carnwath area. Maudeen MacDougall has taken over as minister for the parish covering Carnwath, Carstairs and the surrounding villages.

Several media outlets including Premier Christian Radio and the Derry Journalhave published an article about Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson predicting that the Church of Scotland will start conducting marriages for same-sex couples within her lifetime. The remarks were contained in a wider interview ahead of the Holyrood election today.