Church in the news

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

Wednesday 26 August, 2015

CrossReach, the Social Care Council of the Church, featured in the BBC and STV's coverage of the record number of people in Scotland who died through drug use over the last year. CrossReach's Director of Adult Services Calum Murray, and Stella, who is a former drug user now volunteering at CrossReach's Rainbow House in Glasgow, both featured in last night's TV news programmes. Links to the stories are here for STV http://bit.ly/1PQs6WY and BBC http://bbc.in/1NGYtbH. It was followed up with Crossreach being quoted in a range of today's papers including The Scotsman http://bit.ly/1EitYXmThe Times, The Sun, and The Daily Record among others.

Elsewhere, the Clydebank Post covers the fire at Old Kilpatrick chapel last week, which has seen the displaced congregation move to worship at the nearby Church of Scotland church. It records the hand of friendship offered by locum minister Rev John Harris, and the horror of Father William McGinley standing helpless as he watched the chapel engulfed in flames. http://bit.ly/1U6jPUT

Tuesday 25 August, 2015

The Edinburgh Reporter covers the campaign to stop human trafficking, and has embedded the Church's video, Stop the Traffik, featuring Rt Rev Angus Morrison.

"The Stop the Traffik initiative has been backed by the Right Rev Dr Angus Morrison, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, who described the practice as a "great evil".

The Rev Carol Ford of St Margaret's Church in Edinburgh, a member of the Scottish Churches Anti-Human Trafficking Group, said many people were unaware that people trafficking happened in cities across Scotland. More than 4,000 people signed the petition which calls on fashion retailers not to sellclothes made by people who have been forced into slave labour in countries like India. The aim is to put an end to the practice and introduce a living wage, proper contacts and guaranteed freedom of movement." http://bit.ly/1KgVmG5

The Courier reports on a historic Fife building that formerly was a Church of Scotland residence for elders in its story: 'Authorities urged to find new answer for fire-ravaged Leslie House.'"Councillor Fiona Grant called for an urgent meeting to debate the future of 17th Century Leslie House, six years on from the devastating blaze.The grade A-listed house on the south-east edge of Leslie is the largest and earliest Restoration house in Fife and was owned by Sir Robert Spencer-Nairn, of the linoleum-producing Nairn family, until he donated it to the Church of Scotland.Last week councillors refused planning consent for the construction of the houses, for fear they would harm the amenity and setting of the historic property built for the Duke of Rothes. Eight years ago construction of 12 houses in the grounds was given the green light but only to fund the restoration of Leslie House. The building was being converted into luxury flats when the fire struck. Mrs Grant said: 'Fife Council, the owner of the house and Historic Scotland could and should all do much more to progress the renovation of this grade A listed building.'I'm asking Fife to organise an urgent meeting with all involved so that a way forward can be discussed.'" http://bit.ly/1PPeQSx

Monday 24 August, 2015

The Herald is carrying a story about a big hearted Church of Scotland congregation. The hand of friendship has been extended from the Church of Scotland to the Catholic Church after a fire ruined a place of worship.St Patrick's Catholic Church in Old Kilpatrick, West Dunbartonshire, went up in flames last Monday after a fire took hold in a bin area at the back of the building. http://bit.ly/1PusB8x

Scotland on Sunday is carrying a story about a volunteer working for a Church of Scotland project in Malta who has urged David Cameron to learn lessons from the pioneering methods being used to help asylum seekers. David Lloyd, a retired chartered accountant with the Out of Africa Project in Valletta, criticised the Prime Minister's use of the word "swarm" to describe migrants and said instead the UK could look at innovative ways of helping migrants get on their feet financially. http://bit.ly/1Jf0oij

The Times of Malta have also picked up the story . British Prime Minister David Cameron has been urged to learn from a Church of Scotland project in Malta which provides interest free loans to migrants and asylum seekers. http://bit.ly/1LsyJxh

The Evening Times is carrying a story about the Church of Scotland urging the Scottish Government to continue fighting for minimum pricing for alcohol following a 5% increase in alcohol related deaths. http://bit.ly/1I7MHQq

The Herald carried the same story. http://bit.ly/1EeRip2

Deadline News carried a slightly different version of the same story,. CrossReach director Calum Murray said he was "disappointed but not surprised" that the number of alcohol related deaths in Scotland has increased by 5% in the last 12 months. http://bit.ly/1LvpFKW

The Shetland Times carried a story about National Youth Moderator Hannah Mary Goodlad urging people to sign a petition calling for children in troubled countries to be given access to basic education. (Print only)

Ekklesia also carries a version of the story. Church of Scotland leaders have urged members to sign a declaration which calls on governments around the world to ensure that every child is able to go to school. http://bit.ly/1JNHkNL

Friday 21 August, 2015

The Press and Journal report on the gift of a tapestry to an Orkney church.

"A Church of Scotland congregation in Orkney has celebrated the donation of a beautiful tapestry specially commissioned to hang in their new building. The project to build the Milestone Church in West Mainland was a major undertaking for the then minister the Rev Andrea Price. She has since moved on to St Columba's in London." (print) See the story on the Church's website here: http://bit.ly/1NH0nGW

In an opinion piece in The National, Jeane Freeman references the Church's statement on migrants in her article, "We must not leave migrants to their plight." http://bit.ly/1WIZeor

The Press and Journal's Highland edition published a short profile of CrossReach's Achvarasdal House, a 25-bed residential home for older people in Reay,Caithness.

"One of CrossReach's residential care homes in Scotland, there's real peace and quiet here, and wildlife – birds and even deer come through the forest on to the lawns, enjoyed every day by residents and staff alike.

'We don't just see those we work with as older people,' said CrossReach. 'They're someone's mum. Someone's dad. Someone's grandparent.'"