Church in the news

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

Thursday 13 August, 2015

BBC Good Morning Scotland has an interview with Jackie Walker, who's the manager of CrossReach's Post Natal Depression BlueBell service in Glasgow, talking about the need to improve access to counselling and support for those women and their families who are affected by PND. It's available at this link at 1.51.05 until Sept 12th.

The Lake Country Calendar references the Church of Scotland in an opinion piece about the challenges facing the United Church of Canada.

Moderator the Right Rev Angus Morrison reflects on fuel poverty and renewable energy opportunities in the Western Isles in his new monthly column in the Stornoway Gazette. (Print only)

The Edinburgh Evening News carries a story about more than 100 residents who are opposing plans to breathe new life into former Belgrave Halls in Corstorphine, which used to be owned by the Kirk, by revamping them into a four-storey home for the elderly.

Premier Christianity is reporting that prayers will be said for a local hobby fisherman who died in the Firth of Forth on Tuesday at West Wemyss and Buckhaven churches in Fife in Scotland on Sunday. Deacon Jacqueline Thomson, who is parish assistant at Buckhaven and Wemyss parish Church of Scotland, will reflect on the fate of Birrell Stewart, who died on hospital, and his friends Jason Buchan and David Stead who are still missing.

PR.Com is reporting that the Rev Dr John Philip Newell, an internationally recognized author, peace advocate and Celtic scholar, will be leading a weekend interfaith retreat at Mercy By The Sea Retreat and Conference Center in Madison, a town in Connecticut, USA at the end of October.

Wednesday 12 August, 2015

Many news outlets report comments from Jacqueline Thomson, deacon at Buckhaven and East Wemyss Parish Church, who expressed the sentiments of her congregation and community, extending condolences to the families of three men whose boat capsized while they were fishing off the coast of Fife.

Jacqueline Thomson, a Church of Scotland deacon in Buckhaven and Wemyss, said: "The community is deeply shocked and saddened by this fishing tragedy, which started off as something that many people in this part of the Fife Coast enjoy doing as a recreational pastime.

"On behalf of the Church we would wish to convey that our thoughts and prayers are with the families as they await news of their loved ones."

"This tragedy will be included in the public prayers at both West Wemyss and Buckhaven churches on Sunday," she added.

"As this situation progresses we shall endeavour to serve the people in this parish as best as we can as everyone comes in their sadness to recognise the tragedy of this situation."

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Tuesday 11 August, 2015

BBC online reports that Buckhaven and Wemyss Deacon Jacqueline Thomson offers prayers and condolences to families and friends of the men in the Fife fishing tragedy. Birrell Stewart was fishing for mackerel with two others when their boat capsized. He was rescued but later died in hospital. Jason Buchan, 35, and David Stead, 47, both from East Wemyss, remain missing.

In an opinion column for the Scottish Daily Mail,"The real University challenge the SNP has failed to meet," Grant Graham talksabout the Church's contributions to education: "The Church of Scotland, helped by local landowners, established schools in all rural parishes and burghs by an Act of Parliament. An ambitious boy from a humble back-ground – the 'lad o' pairts' –could, using a bursary system, get a university education, something which remained beyond the grasp of most youngsters in England." (print)

The BBCs decision to film Songs of Praise from the migrant camp in Calais has drawn attacks and plaudits in the media and on social media channels.

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Monday 10 August, 2015

The Courier reports that Rt Rev Angus Morrison and Youth Moderator Rachel Hutcheson accompanied Perth Street Pastors on their ministry last week in its story: Church of Scotland moderator joins Good Samaritans helping vulnerable people in Perth.

Rev Michael Mair is named as one of 33 under 33 on, "By the time Jesus reached the age of 33, his ministry was almost complete. Young Christian leaders can, and do, make a significant impact not only within the UK Church but also across our society. We celebrate the work of 33 people aged 33 or less who are doing just that."

The Milngavie and Bearsden Herald reports on the installation of a community defibrillator.

"Five Bearsden churches have come together to install a potentially lifesaving defibrillator outside a church hall. Members from All Saints' Episcopal, Bearsden Baptist, St Andrews' Roman Catholic, and the two Church of Scotland churches, Bearsden Cross and New Kilpatrick, gathered recently outside Drymen Hall of All Saints Church to unveil the community defibrillator."

The Courier reports that Rev Scott Burton of St Matthews Church Perth exchanged ministries with Rev Alex Lever, a minister from Monroe Presbyterian Church in New York. (print)

The Press and Journal reports that the Queen joined the congregation at Crathie Church on Sunday.

"Worshippers at Crathie Kirk were yesterday joined by the Queen for a service led by her two Scottish chaplains. The monarch arrived in Scotland about two weeks ago for her annual retreat to Balmoral Castle."

In its story, Seismic Change in Mediators Role, The Scotsman reports on the role of mediation in disaster situations and how it can be used to help bring people together to solve long-term problems.

"This is something to ponder as we look forward to our three Edinburgh Festival Fringe events, Why Didn't We Have This Conversation A Year Ago? Accompanied by food and music, we hope to engage the audience in conversations about what happens in conflict. Each evening, distinguished guests will converse about a topical and difficult theme. We will tackle theology, the constitution and fossil fuels. Guests include John Swinney, Westminster politician Bernard Jenkin, the Very Rev John Chalmers, recently Moderator of the Church of Scotland, and John Ashton, formerly senior UK government climate change adviser."