Church in the news

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

Wednesday 21 October, 2015

The Scotsman carries an opinion piece by Rt Rev Angus Morrison entitled, "Care offered by CrossReach is love incarnate. The Moderator says:

"CrossReach's work in social care is a demonstration of practical, neighbourly love: love incarnated in the places where people most need such love. This is the motivation for the work of CrossReach and for the church's involvement in social care. It is an expression of our faith."

The Courier reports that Rt Rev Angus Morrison is helping the 1st Tulliallan Boys Brigade celebrate its 75th anniversary at a special service to be held 26 Oct. in Kincardine Church. Moderator marks BB milestone ( print )

Many press outlets focus on the new food poverty working group, chaired by Rev Dr Martin Johnstone, secretary of the Church & Society Council.

BBC online's story, Scottish food bank task force holds first meeting, says:

"Chairman Rev Dr Martin Johnstone, of the Church of Scotland's Church and Society Council, said he hoped to help bring about 'a hunger free Scotland'."

"The group has been asked to make recommendations to the Scottish government by February next year.

"The latest figures from the Trussell Trust showed that 117,689 people in Scotland picked up a three-day supply of groceries in 2014/2015, more than eight times the number of users compared with two years ago."

Many English local papers have picked up the line that transport costs are contributing to the problem, including:

Borehamwood Times: Travel costs worsen reliance on food banks.

Dorset Echo: Travel costs worsen reliance on food banks.

Lancashire Evening Telegraph: Travel costs worsen reliance on food banks.

Tuesday 20 October, 2015

Multiple media organisations have carried the story about a new Scottish Government working group on food poverty which met for the first time in Edinburgh yesterday. The group is chaired by the Rev Dr Martin Johnstone, secretary of the Church and Society Council.

After the meeting, he said people involved in the meeting acknowledged there was an "unacceptable" scale of food poverty in Scotland and an "absolute commitment" to try and tackle it.

"Some of our work will be very practical and have a relatively immediate impact, building on many examples of superb work that is already happening," he said.

"Other elements will take time as we face up to the causes underlying the problems, including changes to the benefits system, low paid work, job sanctions and lack of access to affordable high quality food.

"The group are clear that at the heart of any meaningful work we will undertake, we need to have the experiences and wisdom of people who are themselves struggling against food poverty."

The Herald's take on the story focuses on the effect of cutting transport costs. Food poverty linked to transport costs

The Herald has published an opinion piece by Dr Johnstone on the subject. He said the right to food is amongst the most basic of human rights. Time to cook up a storm about food poverty

The Scotsman's treatment of the subject also focuses on transport costs. (print only) The Glasgow Evening Times has also focused on the angle in its article. Travel costs worsen reliance on food banks

The Press and Journal has used the same angle. (print only)

Two radio stations have carried an interview with Dr Johnstone – Central FM and Original 106 FM. STV Central East also carried the story.

The Courier has published a picture story about elders Bob Dunn and Margaret Robertson who were presented with long service certificates by the Rev Ian Murray at the Isla parish church in Kilry. (print)

Monday 19 October, 2015

A wide range of media outlets have published an article about a new Scottish Government group set up to examine the issue of food poverty. The group is chaired by the Secretary of the Church of Scotland's Church and Society Council the Rev Dr Martin Johnstone and has been asked to make recommendations to SNP ministers by February 2016 on the actions required to eradicate food poverty in Scotland.

The latest statistics from the Trussell Trust show that a total of 117,689 people picked up a three-day supply of groceries from their Scottish foodbanks in 2014-15. Of those, 36,114 were children. This is more than eight times the number helped just two years ago.

Outlets to have published articles on the subject include The Herald, The National and more than a dozen local newspapers across Scotland – online editions.

STV Online's take on the story can be read here.

The Press and Journal's article by can read here while the Arbroath Herald's treatment of the story can be read here.

Dr Johnstone, who chaired a meeting of the group this morning, is giving an interview to STV and Premier Christian Radio this afternoon.

The Press and Journal has published an article about a cairn that has been created outside a church in Kinloss to mark its 250 years of service to the community.(print only)

The Newcastle Journal has published an article about a series of events a Church of Scotland congregation in the city held at the weekend called Alive and Kirking.

The Orcadian has published an article about Old Mary's Kirk near Burwick in South Ronaldsay which has been restored after being damaged by a lightning strike two years ago and is now up for sale. (print only)

The Strathearn Herald has published an article about the Rev James Aitchison who has been inducted at Dunning Parish Church in the Presbytery of Perth. (print only)

Scotland on Sunday has published an article about a fringe meeting at the SNP conference in Aberdeen involving the Church of Scotland's Church and Society Council. Convener the Rev Sally Foster-Fulton took part alongside Finance Secretary John Swinney. The text reads: Finance Secretary John Swinney yesterday signalled he will use the new income tax powers coming to Scotland to raise tax on higher earners.

The Helensburgh Advertiserhas published an article about a minister who has been accepted to lead a linked parish. The text reads: A new minister will lead congregations at the linked churches of Helensburgh Parish Church and Rhu and Shandon Church after being successfully appointed into the role. Rev David Young, 33, was appointed as minister following 'nerve-racking' services at both churches last Sunday and is expected to take up the post in the new year.

The Kirkintilloch Heraldhas published an article about a minister who has decided to retire. The text reads: Cadder Parish Church minister Reverend Graham Finch is set to retire after 16 very busy years at his post, and will certainly be spending more time with his family ... and playing golf.

The New Statesman has published an article about plans to devolve power over abortion law to the Scottish Parliament. The Church has concerns about the move.

The Ellon Times have published an article about a public exhibition on proposals for a new overhead power line stretching from the Highlands to Aberdeenshire which is being held in Kintore Church hall on October 27.

The Glasgow Evening Timeshas published an article about a new art exhibition which includes references to Church buildings in the city.

Friday 16 October, 2015

The Newcastle Chronicle reports on the 'Alive and Kirking' celebration to take place Saturday 17 October.

"This weekend, St Andrew's Church at the corner of Grantham Road and Sandyford Road is staging its Alive and Kirking event.

"The aim is to advertise its presence, welcome visitors, and involve itself in the local community. It is also a celebration of, more or less, 500 years of Scottish Presbyterian preachers in Newcastle.

"Rev Dorothy Lunn, Minister at St Andrew's, said: "This will be a day, not just for our church community and our Sandyford neighbours, but for all Scots in the area as we celebrate our long-established, unique presence in Newcastle and we invite everyone to join us." Celebrating the Scots in Newcastle at 'Alive and Kirking' Festival.

The Dundee Evening Telegraph carries a story about Mrs Betty Bone, who has left a legacy that will help improve girls' education in Malawi.Mrs Bone, who died in 2013 at age 94, lived in Malawi with her minister husband Rev Bob Bone during the 1960s. Her legacy will join that of Betty Walls, in building accommodation for young women training to be teachers. (print P11)

The Kirkintilloch Herald covers the retirement of Rev Graham Finch of Cadder Parish Church after 16 years in his post. Rev Finch plans to write about the area's classic stained glass windows and to play more golf. (print P6)