Church in the news

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

Monday 19 January, 2015

The Mail on Sunday had a brilliant peace on the Volunteering Vocations programme being run by Ministries Council. Rev Neil Dougall, Convener of Ministries Council, and the Moderator of the General Assembly are both quoted. A spin-off from this story is in the Edinburgh Evening News: We aim to generate more positive features as the Decade for Ministry strategy to recruit more ministers begins. We would welcome more suggestions for positive stories.

A bold new Church of Scotland community project in Lewis is already operating near full capacity just six months after it opened its doors.

The Learn Eldership resource written by the Mission and Discipleship Council of the Church of Scotland has become the equivalent of a bestseller book with more than 3000 advance sales.

The Moderator of the General Assembly embarked on a 10 day tour of Nigeria and South Sudan on Saturday. We will be posting photos from the trip on our Facebook page here:

Friday 16 January, 2015

A record number of Scots relied on foodbanks in the run up to Christmas, according to Trussell Trust figures. A 'Beyond Foodbanks' conference in Glasgow on Feb 28th aims to grow a food justice movement to eliminate food poverty.It's supported by the Church and Society Council.

Calum Murray, director of adult care services at CrossReach, has a comment piece in The Scotsman reflecting on the impact volunteering has on people's lives.

Local newspaper coverage continues on the Presbytery vote on the ordination of ministers in civil partnerships. The Motherwell Times: Falkirk Herald:

There is a comment piece by an elder of the Church of Scotland on the importance of providing a support network for merchant seaman.

Thursday 15 January, 2015

In today's Church in the News:

BBC Radio 4 has an excellent feature on a Church of Scotland supported project in Glasgow, pioneered in India, which is helping women set up small businesses.

Wednesday 14 January, 2015

Yesterday the Church of Scotland, in partnership with the Scottish Prison Service, launched an innovative family visitor centre based on-board a bus outside HMP Polmont Young Offenders Institution. The bus aims to alleviate the strain endured by families who visit loved ones inside. BBC Reporting Scotland covered the story 10 min 25 secs in. (10.25) STV also ran a piece which is not online yet.

BBC News website piece (also linked to by the main BBC News site in England) here

There are colour pictures carried in The Scotsman and The Herald this morning (print only), attributed to the Church of Scotland,and showing mums and their infants inside the bus.

STV Aberdeen has a fascinating feature on legendary missionary Mary Slessor who's 100th anniversary of her death yesterday was marked by a commemoration at her old church in Dundee.