Church in the news

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

Thursday 1 October, 2015

The Edinburgh Evening News has published an article about a makeover to a city church located next to the Union Canal. The text reads - The boards of decking beneath Jack Holt's feet are gently warmed by Indian summer sun, as he leans over the wooden railing to watch a solitary rower in a small wooden boat slide past on the glassy surface of the Union Canal.Joggers, mothers with prams, people off to work, are walking past on the other side of the narrow stretch of water and for the first time perhaps taking notice of what's on the other side – Polwarth church. The newspaper has also published a positive editorial on the project. (print only)

The Press and Journal has published an article about the Rev Shuna Dicks who is the spokeswoman for a group in Moray established to co-ordinate the refugee response. Ms Dicks of Aberlour Parish Church, which has links to St Andrew's Scots Church in Malta, said her involvement in Moray Supports Refugees was born out a deep desire to help the refugees that may arrive but also to respond to the dire needs of those in camps elsewhere and making the horrific journeys. (print only)

A news website called All Africa has published an article which mentions the Kirk's work with refugees in Hungary. The text reads - St Columba's Church of Scotland in Budapest together with the Refugee Mission and the Kalunba Charity has decided to provide overnight shelter on a temporary basis to families. The Rev. Aaron Stevens, minister of St Columba's, described his church's efforts to help: "The situation is changing, the way out was suddenly closed. Because of chill and rain, our first guests arrived drenched. An urgent call for dry clothes was posted on social media, and within an hour, the items were at the church.

The Brechin Advertiser has published an article about the town's response to the refugee crisis. The text reads - Brechiners have been digging deep in order to donate items to refugees fleeing their homelands in search of a safer life. An appeal for items to help those in need was launched earlier this month by the Sunday's Cool team at Gardner Memorial Church.

The Dunoon Observer and Argyllshire Standard has published an article about a visitor to an historic church recently visited by the Moderator of the General Assembly the Right Rev Dr Angus Morrison. The text reads - St Munn's church in Kilmun will be the venue for an interesting talk from a very distinguished guest.The Rev Dr Ian Campbell Bradley is Reader in Church History and Practical Theology in the School of Divinity at St Andrews University, associate minister of Holy Trinity Church, St Andrews and honorary Church of Scotland chaplain at St Andrews University.

The Argyllshire Advertiser has carried an article about the Moderator's recent visit to Tarbert Church which has undergone renovation. (print only)

The Lanark Gazette has published an article about the changing history of local churches. (print only)

A website called Blue and Green has published an article about a Good Money Week conference being hosted by the Church in Edinburgh on Saturday.

Wednesday 30 September, 2015

The Paisley Daily Express have published an article about Erskine Parish Church minister the Rev Jonathan Fleming who has just returned from an aid mission to help refugees living in a camp nicknamed the Jungle at Calais, France. The article is available in print only but Jonathan's story can be viewed here.

The Edinburgh Evening News and the Scotsman have carried an article on the Good Money Week conference which is taking place at St Andrew's and St George's West Church in the capital on Saturday. The piece was written by Iona Bain, editor of who offers advice on how people can be smarter with their money. (print only)

The Central Fife Times has published an article on a street pastors programme in Lochgelly. The text reads – It is now a year since the launch of the CLoCK Street Pastors was held in October 2014, and there is much to celebrate as the year has gone by. In order to mark this milestone there is to be a "birthday celebration" on Friday 16th October as a Bar B Que and Ceilidh is held at St Serfs (McAinsh) Church of Scotland in Lochgelly.

The Edinburgh Evening News has published an obituary about Tessa Ransford who was a poet and founding director of the Scottish Poetry Library. She has died at the age of 76. Ms Ransford joined the Quakers and in 1950 married Kay Stiven, a minister of the Kirk, and for over a decade they did missionary work in Pakistan.

The Guardian has published an article on social care. The author is the grandson of a Church of Scotland minister.

Monday 28 September, 2015

The Church of Scotland has been mentioned in many newspaper reports about a ceremony in Dundee on Saturday to commemorate the centenary of the Battle of Loos. It was attended by Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Rothesay. The Rev David Collins, moderator of the Presbytery of Dundee and minister at Auchterhouse Church linked with Monikie, Newbigging and Murroes and Tealing and First Minister Nicola Sturgeon were also present. Newspapers that ran the storyinclude the Sunday Herald,Daily Telegraph and a host of local newspapers including the Bognor Regis Observer, Jersey Evening Post and Hereford Times.

The Sunday Heraldhas published an article about the influence religion has on education. The text reads - A study investigating how much privilege religion receives under Scottish law has found the influence of churches has increased in education over the past 140 years.The initial findings from the research, which was carried out by researchers at Glasgow University and is being published tomorrow, is expected to say there has been a general pattern of diminishing statutory support for religion in many areas in an increasingly secularised society. But it will conclude education has bucked this trend since state schooling was created in 1872, by changes which have strengthened the place of religion in schools.

The Heraldpublished an obituary to the Rev Dr Ruth Page, who was nominated to be Moderator of the 2000 General Assembly of the Church of Scotland. She was the first woman to have held the post of principal of New College in Edinburgh, and a member of Greyfriars Kirk. (print only)

The Heraldhas published an article about ethical investment that involves the Church. It states that the Volkswagen (VW) emissions scandal could prompt a new wave of interest from investors in scrutinising corporate behaviour and hunting down "ethical" alternatives for their pensions and Isas, experts have warned.

The Argyllshire Advertiser carried a story about the Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland visiting Tarbert Church to see for himself the renovation work carried out on the building.

The Lochaber News and Oban Timesalso published articles about the Moderator's visit to the local Presbytery area. (print only)

Friday 25 September, 2015

The Sign Up Sunday initiative by the Church is being credited with generating at least 650 signatures on printed sheets for the petition on global education. The petition urges the United nations to honour its commitment for every child to receive a quality education. The organisation behind the appeal to, the Global Faiths Coalition, says many more are continuing to pledge their support online. It's says so far the campaign HQ has received sheets of signatures from 15 congregations since last weekend.

There is an interesting article on the ThirdSector website, which profiles an innovative funeral project which is the first of its kind to give immediate support to people on low incomes who are planning funerals. The Quaker Social Action 'Down to Earth' project won the 'breakthrough of the year' award at the Third Sector Awards 2015. Future plans include working with the Church of Scotland to introduce the project north of the border.

This weekend will see the Church take part in commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Loos. BBC News Online has a thorough background piece, which includes a quote from the annual report of Dundee Parish Church for 1915, written by the minister, Mr Ferguson.

"Of all the black days that 1915 brought us, the blackest was that day in September when the news came that practically all the officers and a great number of the men of the 4th Black Watch, Dundee's own, were either killed, wounded or prisoners. A service like that memorial service held in our parish church on 6 October is one no member of the crowded congregation will ever forget. It was the city on its knees before God seeking the consecration of our common sorrow, our common sympathy, our common grateful pride, our common united purpose to bring to victory that righteous cause to which our honoured dead had given the last full measure of devotion."

The Salvation Army weekly 'War Cry' carries an article on Church and Society's 'Speak Out ' campaign which seeks 10 000 people's views on creating a fairer Scotland. (print only)