Church in the news

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

Tuesday 3 March, 2015

A new report from a coalition of major UK Churches has revealed that around 6,500 children in Scotland were affected by benefit sanctions in 2013/14. The Herald: Church Times: The position of the Church of Scotland can be found here:

You can watch a video on the Beyond Food banks Conference held on Saturday in Govan here:

Monday 2 March, 2015

A Church led conference on food poverty warned that Scotland and the rest of the UK is becoming as reliant on food banks as the USA because of Westminster's austerity policies. The Church of Scotland conference was held to discuss more sustainable ways to address food poverty in Scotland

The Independent on Sunday carried a story David Tennant's father, the Very Reverend Dr Sandy McDonald, supporting giving people at the end of their lives more control over how they die

The Very Reverend Dr Sandy McDonald will be honoured as a guest at a special 'songs of praise' service with hymns chosen to reflect the former Moderator's life. The service has been organised by the Very Rev Dr Lorna Hood. The story appears in The Herald

Church of Scotland minister Stuart MacQuarrie has criticised the Rangers board claiming it has sucked the soul of soul out of the Glasgow club, which he has supported for three decades

Humanists expect to overtake the Church of Scotland this year with the amount of marriages it conducts. The Reverend Scott Burton has said only 560 people attend Church of Scotland services in Perth and warns, the church will become 'a thing of the past' unless something is done

The Church of Scotland and others across the UK has called for an urgent overhaul of the government's benefits sanctions regime, saying it is punitive, inhumane and un-Christian

Friday 27 February, 2015

A former Moderator of the General Assembly has called on the Kirk to back the legal provision of "assistance towards a peaceful death" as long as safeguards are incorporated. (paywall)

Food justice and how to prevent people going hungry in Scotland will be discussed at a conference organised by the Church of Scotland and partner agencies tomorrow at the Pearce Institute, Govan Road, Glasgow. Rachel Gray, from the STOP movement in Canada, will speak about how Canadians have worked on alternatives, to resist food banks being accepted as a normal part of civilised society. She appeared on Good Morning Scotland this morning: (1.50)

Thursday 26 February, 2015

In today's Church in the news for Thursday 26 February 2015

Strichen and Tyrie Church of Scotland have had their 80th anniversary. The Guild's President, Mrs Helen Milne, honoured six ladies and commended them for dedicated service. Reverend Andrew Fothergill, Strichen and Tyrie Parish Church minister presented the certificates. From the Buchan Observer

Workto exhume bodies from a Fife graveyard has unearthed another secret. It seems that a crypt wall which had to be mended was an entrance into the grounds of Abbotshall Church, Kirkaldy. From the Courier