Church in the news

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

Wednesday 14 October, 2015

The Herald reports on the Church's work to ensure nobody has to live in a draughty, unhealthy home in its story New alliance calls on SNP to make Scotland's homes energy efficient:

"A major new alliance has been forged to fight for an end to Scotland's draughty, unhealthy homes.

"The group, ranging from the Church of Scotland to the Federation of Master Builders, wants the Scottish Government to set concrete goals on domestic energy efficiency.

"The SNP administration in June this year declared warm homes to be a national infrastructure priority to tackle both fuel poverty and meet greenhouse gas commitments.

"But the new group, the Existing Homes Alliance, believes the government should commit to a target that all homes in Scotland are at least an Energy Performance Certificate band 'C'.

"The Herald this week revealed growing concerns about heating and insulation in the mushrooming private rented sector. Fully 11 percent of private tenants say they are never warm enough in their own homes.

"However, energy efficiency problems also blight many private homes and social rents. Some 39 per cent of Scots are in fuel poverty." http://bit.ly/1GcQkKE

The National also covers the warm homes campaign in its story, Call to end blight of cold homes by 2025. (print P6)

Local papers across the country also covered the call for warm homes.

The National covers moves for land reform in an opinion piece by Jen Stout. The article notes that a meeting on the subject will be held in Aberdeen 6:30 pm this Friday, 16 October, at St Mark's Church. Speakers include: Robin McAlpine, Lesley Riddoch and AndyWightman.

Rev Michael Mair was a guest on STV's Fountainbridge Show Tuesday evening. The discussion ranged from The Greyfriars Kirk pet blessing to Scotland's most polluted street and whether all pupils should learn two languages. bit.ly/1RHbOkn

Tuesday 13 October, 2015

The Herald reports that the Church is one of a group of organisations urging the government to set stricter standards on home energy efficiency so that nobody has to live in a draughty unhealthy home.

"The group, ranging from the Church of Scotland to the Federation of Master Builders, wants the Scottish Government to set concrete goals on domestic energy efficiency.

"The SNP administration in June this year declared warm homes to be a national infrastructure priority to tackle both fuel poverty and meet greenhouse gas commitments.

"But the new group, the Existing Homes Alliance, believes the government should commit to a target that all homes in Scotland are at least an Energy Performance Certificate band 'C'.

"The Herald this week revealed growing concerns about heating and insulation in the mushrooming private rented sector. Fully 11 per cent of private tenants say they are never warm enough in their own homes.

"However, energy efficiency problems also blight many private homes and social rents. Some 39 per cent of Scots are in fuel poverty." Read : New alliance calls on SNP to make Scotland's homes energy efficient.


The Press and Journal reports that the village of Kinloss in Moray is celebrating the 250thanniversary of its church. The church will hold an open day Saturday and a special worship service on Sunday. Renovated in 2010, the church hosts community groups throughout the week. (print P3)


The Press and Journal also reports that a Men of All Ages group in Aberdeen will host Rev Captain Gerry Bowyer, co-founder of the street pastors and Rev Canon Ian Ferguson at its meeting October 31 in the Beach Ballroom. (print P3)


The Courier reports on the Rt Rev Angus Morrison's forthcoming visit to Dunfermline. The Moderator will be in the area from 24 Oct - 2 Nov. His stay will include visits to the Amazon distribution centre, the Queensferry Crossing construction site and Cowdenbeath's125th anniversary as a burgh. (print P7)


The Evening News reported on the Pet Blessing ceremony at Greyfriars Kirk saying, "more than 50 animals from across the country packed the pews of Greyfriars Kirk for a barking mad pet blessing ceremony." The article goes on to quote appreciative dog owners and to describe the history of Greyfriars Bobby. (print P3)

Monday 12 October, 2015

The Herald covered Greyfriars Kirk's pet blessing ceremony with a lovely photo of the event. The headline? Man's blessed friend. (print Monday, P8)

The Courier reports today that a legacy from Betty Bone, a Dundee church member will help fund teacher training in Malawi and will improve education for girls. Her legacy will add to funds left by Betty Walls, a former Secretary of the Church of Scotland's World Mission Council who also dedicated money to education in Malawi. (Print Monday, P4) Read our own story about the two Bettys online: Generosity of Kirk members helps trainee teachers in Malawi.

The Scotsman reports that a Kenyan campaigner against female genital mutilation will visit Scotland as part of the Church's work to end the practice. Feed the Minds, a non-profit organisation that works in Kenya, is one of six projects adopted by The Guild for support over the next three years. The story reports that Police Scotland has investigated 14 cases of possible FGM affecting 16 girls over the last year. (print Monday P18)

The GreenockTelegraph carries an obituary for "gifted and generous minister" Rev Andrew Thomas Maclean .Mr Maclean was formerly Chaplain at the University of Strathclyde and a retired Church of Scotland parish minister at Langbank, linked with Port Glasgow St.Andrews. (print Saturday, P7)

Friday 9 October, 2015

The Times has published an article about the dedication of an alter cloth designed by Glaswegian designer Malcolm Lochhead for York Minister. Mr Lochhead has designed pieces for the Church of Scotland including a cloth for the communion table at Glasgow Cathedral. (print only) ;

The Herald has published an article about the pioneering work of a Scottish Presbyterian minister and astronomer who in the mid-19th century predicted space flight has been uncovered by a researcher in Canada.

The Courier has published an article about the impact of benefit sanctions in the city following concern raised by the Presbytery of Dundee. It reads: "The Department for Work and Pensions has defended Jobcentre staff from accusations they are unfairly hitting Dundonians with sanctions. Figures show sanctions have been wielded more often in the city than almost anywhere else in Scotland.The government agency, however, said they were being used correctly in cases where claimants were failing in their responsibility to seek employment. The DWP has come under fire from the Church of Scotland, which fears the use of sanctions is hurting destitute Dundee residents in their hour of need.

The Press and Journal has published an article about a small fire that broke out at a care home run by CrossReach in Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire yesterday. The Church provided the following comment: "The fire brigade were called to Clashfarqhuar care home this morning at 9:48am and a small fire was discovered in a laundry room caused by a blown light fitting. It was quickly contained and put out by a member of staff who has received fire safety training. Six residents were evacuated successfully and safely and no accommodation was damaged. A senior manager was on-site and an electrician along with the fire brigade checked the rest of the building. They ruled that it was an isolated issue and the care home is currently running as normal."

The Fife Free Press has published an article about an online backlash against the prospect of refugees arriving in the local area. (print only) The Rev Sally Foster-Fulton, convener of the Church of Scotland's Church and Society Council, is quoted in the article. The Church provided comment an extract reads : "The Syrians who are being offered sanctuary in Fife are some of the most vulnerable and desperate people on earth. We have the chance to make a difference. Imagining the devastation and terror they have fled from, we should be grateful for the opportunity to be able to help."

The Glenrothes Gazette has also published an article headed plea to Fifers to welcome refugees from Syria. (print only)

The Church Times has published an article featuring the Rev Foster-Fulton about criticism of Europe's response to the refugee crisis.

The Buteman has published an article about a couple who got engaged in Bute during a holiday earlier this year. They got married in Surrey but later discovered they had family links to the Church of Scotland in Bute.

The Glasgow South and Eastwood Extra has published an article about a church building that has become surplus to requirements due to a congregational merger.

The National has featured the Rev Sally Foster-Fulton in an article about a public outcry over Home Secretary Theresa May's views on deporting failed asylum seekers from the UK. It reads "Secret plans to round up and deport thousands of desperate refugees who have been refused asylum across Europe were last night condemned as a "failure of basic human decency".

Libya Business Info also picked up the story.