Church in the news

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

Wednesday 13 January, 2016

Rt Rev Angus Morrison, Mrs Marion Morrison, Ian Alexander,Rob Flett and Youth Moderator Hannah Mary Goodlad are in Egypt learning how our partner Churches are working. They visited St St Andrew's Church in Cairo, which helps 11,500 refugees each year, including feeding and educating 350 children. The group will meet with Christian partner churches, see for themselves how Christiansare working in Egypt and explore how to strengthen the partnership between the churches there and in Scotland.

You can follow their progress on Twitter: @ChurchModerator @nyamoderator @churchscovoices and Facebook: Church of Scotland and Church of Scotland World Mission Council

From Egypt the Moderator spoke to BBC Radio Scotland 's Gary Robertson on Good Morning Scotland. Listen here: (Fast forward to 55 minutes in)

Read our own story here.

Church organist Chris Nickol has became an Internet sensation after a video of him playing David Bowie's Life on Mars at the Kelvingrove Art Gallery was posted toYouTube. The video has been viewed more than 2.4 million times, and our story about him has been liked more than 1700 times on our Facebook page. Chris and his minister, Rev Roddy Hamilton of New Kilpatrick Parish Church, Bearsden were interviewed by broadcast and print media.

The story was reported widely including by:

BBC Radio Scotland John Beattie:

BBC Online news.

The Herald.

The Times (print page 19)

The Daily Record.

International Business Times.

Kirkintilloch Herald.

Metro (print p17)

The Scotsman (print P13)

The Courier (print p25)

Here is our own story.

Rev Sally Foster-Fulton has been appointed as the new CEO of Christian Aid. She will be taking over the reins from Kathy Galloway who plans to do some serious writing. Sally's role as Convener of the Church and Society Council comes to an end this May, when Rev Richard Frazer takes over as convener. The story was reported in:

Stornoway Gazette.

Radio station Central FM.

The National.

"A MINISTER who has criticised the UK Government's welfare reforms has been appointed as the new head of Christian Aid Scotland.

"In her role as convener of the Church of Scotland's Church and Society Council, the Rev Sally Foster-Fulton said Tory benefits crackdowns were disproportionately affecting families, young people and those with mental health problems and called for the immediate suspension of sanctions."

Rev. Bryce Calder of St David's Memorial Park Parish church writes a New Year column in the Milngavie and Bearsden Herald. (print p33)

"Whatever resolutions we made this year, especially those concerning our spiritual lives, may God give us the courage, faith, patienceand determination to fulfil them."

The Banffshire Journal reports on a Christian outreach group in Portsoy. (print p6)

"A PORTSOY Christian outreach group has grown considerably as it approaches its first anniversary. Portsoy Filling Station was launched in March, 2015 and regularly draws people from all over the north-east, as far afield as Elgin,Inverness, Fraserburgh, Peterhead and Aberdeen.

"The Portsoy group will host its first meeting of 2016 on Saturday evening, when it welcomes former Church of Scotland minister in Portsoy, Iain Sutherland. The meeting, at Portsoy Town Hall, will start at 7.30pm."

The Scotsman reports that a historical document about the Covenanters is going up for sale. (print p12)

"A 300-year-old manuscript designed to root out Covenanters is expected to fetch £3,000 at auction in Edinburgh.The 1684 document instructs the Stewart of Kirkcudbright to carry out a parish census during what became known as the '"Killing Time".

The Scotsman publishes an obituary for Rev Sandy Glass.

"An elder for more than 50 years and session clerk of Dingwall Church of Scotland, he combined the last years of his professional teaching career with his role as an auxiliary minister, a position he held from1993. That took him throughout Ross-shire and as far as Colonsay to preach. He also served as locum chaplain at Raigmore Hospital in Inverness, assisted at Fortrose and Rosemarkie Church of Scotland and was interim moderator at Avoch,Fortrose, Rosemarkie, Contin and Lochluichart, as well as locum at the latter two churches."

The Courier publishes a brief inviting people to send their used stamps to the World Mission Stamp Appeal, and explains that 29 HIV programmes in 17 countries will benefit. (print p 32)

Monday 11 January, 2016

Newspapers have published an article about a language project to help people learn English in one of Glasgow's most multi-cultural districts which has been praised by MSPs. Around 90 people from 15 different nationalities took part in the 10 week programme in Govanhill organised by housing and community leaders. The ESOL Café (English for Speakers of Other Languages) held at Queen's Park Govanhill Parish Church to improve reading and writing was described as an important project.

The Herald story can be read here

The Glasgow Evening Timesstory can be read here

BBC Radio Scotland interviewed former Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland the Very Rev Lorna Hood who reflected on her years as a divinity student.

The Press and Journal has published an picture story article about the Rev Kenneth MacKenzie who is the minister at Crathie Kirk in Aberdeenshire – the church attended by the Royal Family when they stay at Balmoral Castle.It reads - This is the moment an Aberdeenshire minister braved the snow to give his Sunday service to the people of his parish in the wake of horrendous north-east flooding. Braemar was left cut off to the outside world.

Prayers were said for tragic Mary (Rae) Logie at Leven Parish Church in Fife yesterday after she was found dead in her own home last week. Police Scotland have launched a murder investigation. The prayers were led by minister the Rev Gilbert Nisbet who said the 82-year-old's death had "saddened and angered us all".

The story was published in the Daily Record.

The Sun, Daily Mail and Courier also covered the story. (print only)

Mrs Logie's death featured in many newspaper reports over the weekend which included comments from Mr Nisbet who paid warm tribute to the grandmother who was very much part of the life of the church.

The Scotsman has published an obituary to Douglas Laird who was an architect and organ designer with close links to the Church of Scotland in Edinburgh and East Lothian.

The Herald has published an obituary to the Rev Ian Uidhist Macdonald who is described as the "well-loved and respected" minister of Tarbolton Parish Church until his "retirement" some 18 years ago. After retirement, he continued to preach in several parishes whenever required to fill a vacancy and was often called upon to conduct weddings and funerals of members of various churches.

The Press and Journal has published an article about an Aberdeenshire church which has received £10,000 to revamp its historic bell tower in time for its 400th birthday. Rayne Church in Kirkton of Rayne is a B-listed building.

The Edinburgh Evening Newshas published an article about a city church's efforts to ensure the war dead are not forgotten.; The article reads - A riot of colour, the imposing window stands tall above the church, light flooding through the stained glass on to the floor below. The intricate depiction of the Ascension is the pride and joy of the close-knit community at Craigentinny St Christopher's Parish Church.But there is an additional meaning to the grand window – it commemorates all those from the parish who lost their lives in the Second World War between 1939 and 1945.The congregation is keen to keep the church's history alive and by sharing and learning more about the stories of those who served their country.

Third Force News has published an article about food banks which asked if they were an indictment of our time The article features comments from the Rev Dr Martin Johnstone, secretary of the Church and Society Council of the Church of Scotland.

Friday 8 January, 2016

The vast majority of media outlets – press, broadcast and online – have published an article about the murder of a 82-year-old woman from Fife who was a devoted member of her local church.

The Rev Gilbert Nisbet of Leven Parish Church is widely quoted in the coverage, paying tribute to Mary (Rae) Logie whose body was discovered at her house in Green Gates, Leven on Tuesday. He said the community was stunned and shocked and described the pensioner as a "friendly, outgoing, bright and interesting lady who was very active in the church and Guild.

The Daily Record's editorial on the story carried the headline - Simply despicable.

The BBC's coverage can be read here

STV's coverage can be read here

The Herald's coverage of the story can be read here.

The Courier's coverage of the story can be read here

The Press and Journalhas published an article about a new group that has been established to safeguard the future of an Inverness church. It reads :- Lovers of the Highland Capital's historic heritage are meeting at the city's Old High Church next week to promote its welfare and conservation for present and future generations. Enthusiasts have already formed a new secular organisation to raise funds for the ancient building's improvement, and to advertise it as a local cultural and tourist destination. The Grade-A listed church stands on the site where St Columba is said to have converted the Pictish King Brude to Christianity in 565.The new group, Friends of the Old High Church, is to hold an open meeting to launch itself formally and to welcome those wishing to join, with a talk from the Old High's historian and author of the informative booklet Tales of the Old High, Ross Martin.

Finally, the Director of BB Scotland, Bill Stevenson, has been appointed Acting Brigade Secretary and CEO of The Boys Brigade. We wish Bill every success in his new role. Further details are available here.

Thursday 7 January, 2016

The Glasgow Evening Times has published an article about a service being held to celebrate the life of one of the UK's longest serving volunteers after her death at the age of 105. It reads - Margaret Miller passed away shortly before Christmas at her home in Springboig, with daughter Jean, 72, by her side. She was among only a few people to be awarded two British Empire Medals for more than 70 years of community work. A memorial service for Margaret will be held next Thursday, January 14, at 11am at Shettleston Parish Church.

Ecumenical News has published an article about faith communities in a Scottish town who have come closer together after an intentionally started fire destroyed an Islamic center in November. The text reads - The act of arson in Bishopbriggs near Glasgow had the unintended effect of acting as a unifier of the different faith communities, the Church of Scotland said. After the Al Farooq cultural center was destroyed, in what police said was a suspected hate crime, Springfield Cambridge Parish Church offered the Muslim community a place to hold its Friday prayers. Community leaders say the incident has led to much greater understanding between the different faith groups.

The Kirkintilloch Herald has published an article about a minister who has retired. It reads - Pupils at Meadowburn Primary in Bishopbriggs said a fond farewell to the school's chaplain who retired recently. The Rev Graham Finch stepped down from Cadder Parish Church after 16 years. At a special service, he was presented with gifts from the school, including a mosaic. Mr Finch said: "I was touched by this gesture. It has been a delight to work with the children and staff and I will miss them." (print only)

The Edinburgh Evening News has published a news in brief item about a Lothian Presbytery meeting in Musselburgh on January 28 to discuss the future of church buildings in East and Midlothian. (print only)