Church in the news

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

Wednesday 7 October, 2015

The Courier has published an article about a new BBC documentary which shines light on an exuberant medieval painting of the Crucifixion hanging in an Angus church. The text reads: - "There has been a house of prayer on the site of St Marnock's Church, Fowlis Easter, north of Dundee, for more than eight centuries, with the church as it now stands built in 1453.But it was the events of 1612 when the Synod of Fife ordered the destruction of Catholic art at the church which will feature in a BBC documentary tonight. During the 16th century the Protestant Reformation in Europe almost entirely rejected the existing tradition of Catholic art, and very often destroyed as much of it as it could reach. And yet in the tiny church of Fowlis Easter, an exuberant painting of the Crucifixion dating from the late 1400s, survived.

The UK News website has published an article about the Church of Scotland's Principal Clerk, the Very Rev John Chalmers, who abseiled from a 150ft high crane with his Royal Marine son, JJ, to raise money for charity.

The Courier has published a short article about a non-uniform day at Perth Academy which raised £900 to help alleviate the plight of refugees. The money will be used to support refugees being assisted by a project in Malta, which is backed by the Church of Scotland. (print only)

Third Force News has published an article written by Martin Johnstone, secretary of the Church of Scotland's Church and Society Council, about his recent trip to Srebrenica in Bosnia, where 8,000 men and boys were massacred in 1995,

Tuesday 6 October, 2015

Newspaper people love stories involving animals so it is no surprise that a pet blessings service being held at Greyfriars Church in Edinburgh this weekend has been published by a broad range of titles, in print and online.

The Daily Record has published what we call in the business a page lead picture story on P3. It reads: "A Church is opening its doors to a new breed of worshipper by holding a pet blessing. Greyfriars Kirk in Edinburgh will welcome dogs, cats and potentially even a pony during the ceremony this Sunday which is expected to attract up to 50 animals. Organisers predict the majority attending will be Skye terriers - the same breed as Bobby who is said to have guarded his master's grave in the kirkyard in the 19th century.

The Edinburgh Evening News's article focuses on the prospect of a pony being blessed and the Rev Frazer's aversion to beasts with no legs. He is quoted as saying "The only thing I feel strongly about is snakes, I'd rather there were no snakes."

The article was published on the front page of the Herald and in The National, Sun, Glasgow Evening Times and STV Online among others.

Premier Christian media published an article about a new Scottish Government study on funerals costs. The Church of Scotland welcomed the move and highlighted the pressures on low income bereaved families. The Rev Sally Foster-Fulton, convener of the Church and Society Council, is quoted in an article published online by Premier and also gave a radio interview.

The Courier has published an article in which Church leaders say they believe Dundee's most vulnerable people are being "punished" with benefits sanctions in their hour of need.

SperoNews, an online magazine, has reflected on the Church of Scotland in an article which asks about the role of Catholicism in the USA.

BBC Radio 4 ;broadcast a discussion which focused on the Catholic Church and cultural impacts on Christianity in recent times on Monday. Dr Paul Middleton, an academic at the University of Chester who is a Church of Scotland minister, took part the debate.

The Sun has published an article about a convicted paedophile who is worshipping at a church in Kirkintilloch. (print only) A Church spokewoman has made clear that he has "complied totally with all conditions. He's not allowed to come to family services or have any other contact with children".

Monday 5 October, 2015

The Daily Record has published an article about the Church of Scotland's principal clerk the Very Rev John Chalmers, who served as Moderator of the General Assembly between 2014-15, who took part in a 150ft freefall abseil from the Titan Crane in Clydebank. He undertook the feat with his Royal Marine son JJ Chalmers to raise money for the Commando Spirit charity.

Scotland on Sunday also published an article (print only) highlighting the event which took place yesterday.

The Herald has published an article about Polwarth Parish Church in Edinburgh which has become the capital's first waterside Kirk, following a renovation project by volunteers and an army veterans service. (print only)

BBC Radio Scotland has broadcst an interview about social justice and its presence in politics. Church of Scotland Elder Annabel Goldie took part in a discussion on the subject.

The Guardian has published an opinion piece about the changing landscape of the Church in Scotland.

The Edinburgh Evening News has published an article about a new cross-party group on religious freedom established by Highland MSP Dave Thompson, a Church of Scotland member. The Church has welcomed the move. (print only)

BBC Radio Ulster has broadcast a piece featuring a husband and wife team who have minister and assistant minister roles at a Church in Bangor, Northern Ireland. They met when training for the Church of Scotland in Aberdeen.

The Edinburgh Evening News published a short article about thieves who stole around £1000 worth of lead from a church roof in Aberlady

The Gazette has published an articleabout the future of Kilbarchan West Church. Two congregations in the town have merged and the building is surplus to requirements.

Friday 2 October, 2015

The Scotsman has published an article about The Human Trafficking and Exploitation (Scotland) Bill that was unanimously passed by MSPs at the Scottish Parliament yesterday. The piece features reaction from a member of the Church of Scotland's Church and Society Council. Dr Hazel Watson, convener of the Scottish Churches Anti-Human Trafficking Group, said: "This will, when enacted, send a strong message to those who treat others as mere commodities for profit and their own selfish purposes."


The Herald newspaper also published an article on the issue which included Dr Watson's comments.

The Glasgow Evening Times's coverage of the story also includes Dr Watson's statement.

The Herald also published an article about a new cross-party group on religion set-up at the Scottish Parliament by Highland MSP Dave Thompson, who is a member of a Church of Scotland in Inverness. The news was welcomed by the Rev Sally Foster-Fulton, convener of the Church of Scotland's Church and Society Council. The headline of the story relates to remarks made by the Free Church of Scotland, not the Kirk.

The Scotsman has published a picture story featuring Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland the Right Rev Dr Angus Morrison "having a laugh" with Shona Robertson, nine, and Scott Armstrong, 11, at Hopscotch Theatre Company's 'Forces Kids' at Longstone Primary School in Edinburgh. (print only)

The Edinburgh Evening News has published an article about Polwarth Parish Church in the city which has undergone a makeover and rebranded itself Kirk on the Canal. The newspaper has published an editorial on the project that was not available online yesterday.