Church in the news

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

Monday 30 March, 2015

Very Rev Dr Sandy McDonald was honoured at a special church service yesterday. Mr McDonald, who was Moderator of the General Assembly between 1997 and 1998, enjoyed an evening of hymns and memories in Renfrew North Parish Church.

The congregation at Tarbert Church in the Presbytery of Uist is set to welcome a new minister to their parish. Hebrides News: Church of Scotland website:

The Moderator of the General Assembly held a unique light baton in tribute to the legendary scientist and Kirk elder James Clerk Maxwell, who is being honoured at this year's Edinburgh Science Festival with a special concert organised by the Church. You can watch a video on the story on the Church of Scotland YouTube channel here:

The Courier (print only) has an interesting piece on digital innovation from Rev Martin Fair at St Andrew's Church in Arbroath who has people from as far afield as Brazil tuning into Sunday worship.

Friday 27 March, 2015

The Moderator of the General Assembly's visit to the Scottish Borders is making headlines, for the right reasons. Hawick News: Southern Reporter:

A Church of Scotland kirk in a small Shetland village has managed to net £10,700 of government money to get its roof repaired. Bigton Kirk is one of 42 Scottish churches receiving a total of £2.2 million for urgent roof repair work.

Thursday 26 March, 2015

The Church of Scotland is concerned a new report on poverty and social inclusion in Scotland shows a worrying level of neglect for the country's young people. Young adults under 30 are now the largest group experiencing poverty in Scotland, according to new research by the New Policy Institute (NPI) highlighted in the report from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation.

The Rev Catherine Anne Hepburn, for 15 years the minister of the parish of West Mearns, has died at the age of 59.

The cluster of churches in Kirkcaldy Presbytery is set for some wide exposure with one of its best-known members in a key national role.

Wednesday 25 March, 2015

Pupils at six Dumbarton primary schools all took part in a quiz organised by Dumbarton Churches Together to help them learn more about sectarianism and its effects on people. The ecumenical event was attended by Reverend Ian Johnson, of Riverside and West Kirk, Reverend Liz O'Ryan from St Augustine's Scottish Episcopal Church and Canon Gerry Conroy, of St Patrick's.

A pioneering event in Glasgow at the weekend promoting Gaelic in the Church of Scotland made the headlines in the Stornoway Gazette. The conference explored how the Church of Scotland can nurture the Gaelic language has been described as a milestone.