Church in the news

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

Tuesday 17 November, 2015

The Courier has published a nib on Guild Week, focusing on the Big Sing at Dunfermline Abbey. (print)

The Aberdeen Evening Express has published an article about residents at The Bungalow Home in Stonehaven, run by CrossReach, who are holding their own version of Strictly Come Dancing to raise money for charity. (print only)

The Westmorland Gazettehas published an article about people gathering in Kendall to remember those who died in the Paris terror attack . Church of Scotland minister the Rev W. Gerald Jones happened to be holidaying locally, and said it was "a privilege" to be among those observing the silence. He is quoted extensively.

The Evening News references a story about a exchange student visiting Scotland for the first time who said she was shocked to find the nation had food banks in a column. Chishimbe Kondolo, a 17-year-old Zambian who was based at South Leith Parish Church, said she had thought Scotland was a rich country, the "land of milk and money". Ms Kondolo worked at the Edinburgh North East Food Bank in Henderson Street, Leith, during part of her three-month visit arranged through the Church of Scotland. Columnist Martin Hannan said Scotland was a land of milk and honey but the problem is too much of it is concentrated in too few hands.

Friday 13 November, 2015

George Clooney's visit to Edinburgh where he called in at The Social Bite a non-profit café that employs and supports homeless people, was featured on broadcast and in print media. The Times story included a mention of Church of Scotland staff Liz Munro and Caroline Morey from the Safeguarding Service, who were among the admiring crowd. (print p3)

The Bellshill Speaker reports on the fight to retain steel jobs in Motherwell.

"Concern is high that many jobs will be lost because the (North Lanarkshire) council has to make savings of £45 million. That warning came as Tata Steel announced the closure of its Dalzell and Clydebridge plants with the loss of 270 jobs…

"Hamilton Presbytery of the Church of Scotland has contacted Government agencies to express its concern about the impact of closures."(print p3)

Rev Michael Mair was a guest on STVs Fountainbridge Show.Watch the show here.

The Berwick Advertiser reports that Rev Bob Higham a retired Church of Scotland minister has completed a walk around the length and breadth of Britain to raise funds for children in India.

"Asked if he's contemplating any more walks, Bob said:"Possibly, I'm not hanging up my boots while I'm vertical!" (print p12)

The Motherwell Times reports that Befriending Motherwell and Befriend Bellshill were praised in parliament for their work to end social isolation.

"Cross-party MSPs have signed a motion which recognises the "inspirational" work of the Befriend Motherwell and Befriend in Bellshill projects, which have received £37,500 and £36,890 from the Church of Scotland's Go For It Fund respectively." Read the story here.

The Scotsman features the Church of Scotland's Barclay Church among the country's tallest buildings. Also featured is The Hub on the Royal Mile. Read the story here.

The Central Fife Times reports that Willie Clarke, chairman of Cowdenbeath Area Committee, has praised the organisation which went into the visit of the Moderator of the Church of Scotland to Cowdenbeath during his stay in Dunfermline Presbytery.

"Councillor Clarke told Wednesday meeting of the Area Committee:

"I was lucky enough to be invited to the evening event at Trinity Church in Cowdenbeath and it really was a magnificent occasion. The entertainment which was organised really underlined the talent we have in this area.

"There was music by Beath High School's choir and poetry from Beath pupils plus a medley of songs from the Bowhill Players of works by Cardenden poet and song writer Joe Corrie." Read Churches deserve 'utmost credit' for Moderator celebration.


Fife Today reports on a Remembrance Day event that went less smoothly than planned.

In its story, Church of Scotland 'sorry' for Remembrance blunder, the paper says,

"Remembrance observers gathered at the newly erected Falkland War Memorial on Sunday were left out in the rain without a minister."

The story goes on to quote attendees who were critical ofthe minister who held the service instead in the church. But it also includes astatement from the Church saying:

"Officiating at the Act of Remembrance is one of the most solemn responsibilities any minister can undertake.

"It is an honour to be invited to perform this service for the community. Therefore, it is with regret that we hear that people in the Falkland community feel let down by a last-minute change of plan.

"It is unclear what happened and because Mr Murdoch, the interim minister, is away and unavailable for comment we cannot know his reasoning.

"However, we believe he would want to apologise for any unintended distress.

"We extend our sincere apologies to anyone who arrived at Falkland War Memorial expecting to take part in a Service of Remembrance." Read the full story.

Thursday 12 November, 2015

The Shetland News reports on a meeting to discuss the future of three church buildings that need expensive repairs in Tingwall, Weisdale and Scalloway. Read the story here.

The Shetland Times also reports on the discussion about Tingwall's Church buildings in its story, Tingwall parish kirks face uncertain future. Read the story here.

Third Force News reports on World Mission's A Place at the Table campaign, which asks us all to set an empty place at our seasonal gatherings and donate the cost of the meal to help feed Syrian families through partner organisation the Evangelical Synod of Syria and Lebanon. Read the story here.

The Courier publishes photos from Newburgh's Remembrance events, including a photo of Newburgh primary pupils at a Remembrance service held in Newburgh Parish Church. (print p13)

The Press and Journal reports on Remembrance services held across Aberdeenshire. (print p10)

Wednesday 11 November, 2015

The Press and Journal reports on the Moderator's visit to Cameron House, a CrossReach care home in Inverness.

"The Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland has offered his "thoughts and prayers" to the family of the 91-year-old man who died tragically at a care home near Inverness.

"John Taylor, a resident at Meallmore Lodge Care Home at East Daviot, died following an alleged attack by another dementia sufferer last month.

"Reverend Dr Angus Morrison's offered his condolences as he visited Cameron House in Inverness, a purpose-built residential service designed to cater for the needs of dementia sufferers.

"He was there on behalf of CrossReach, a Church of Scotland initiative which aims to deliver care and support to some of the country's most vulnerable people."

The story goes on to quote the Moderator saying:

""Here in Cameron House, staff go to great lengths to ensure those who are residents have the most fulfilled life possibilities. Inevitably there is a degree of risk but I note that Cameron House works closely with the Care Inspectorate to ensure the highest standards and offer appropriate levelsof staffing so as to manage risk. The house also has in-house training." Read more here.

The Aberdeen Evening Express covered the Aberdeen-Malawi Partnership bikeathon which aims to raise money for people in poverty in Malawi. The congregations taking part are connected to congregations in Malawi through the World Mission Twinning programme. (print p12)

The Telegraph reports that Churches oppose the UK government's proposal to restrict welfare benefits to the first two children in a family.

"A coalition – including the Church of England, Church of Scotland, Methodist, Baptist and United Reform churches as well as the Board of Deputies of British Jews and others – argues that the Conservative plans could break up families, discourage stable new households and even drive up abortion rates.

"The two-child cap could also disproportionately hurt those, like ultraorthodox Jews or traditionalist Roman Catholics, who have larger families for religious reasons, they argue." Read the whole story here.

The story is also reported in The Guardian: Read The Guardian's story here.

The West Highland Free Press reports on the selection of Rev Dr Russell Barr as the next Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland.

"The Church of Scotland has named the founder of a homeless charity as the next Moderator of the General Assembly. Rev Dr Russell Barr, chairman of Edinburgh-based Fresh Start, which has helped 2,000 people get back on their feet in the last year, will take up the role in May." (print p10)