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Stunning poppies installation unveiled at St Magnus Cathedral

A stunning installation of ceramic poppies is on display at St Magnus Cathedral in Orkney. The Poppies: Weeping Window installation is made up of several thousand bright red flowers cascading down the west wall of the cathedral.


From paws to pews Janet Easton-Berry is off to Skye

A former game reserve worker from South Africa has made history after becoming the first woman to be ordained as a Church of Scotland minister on Skye.

Chapel Royal

Memories of HM the Queen from some former Moderators

We asked some former Moderators to share their memories of the Queen. Here's what they told us.

Rt Rev Dr Angus Morrison

Moderator congratulates HM the Queen on her 90th birthday

Rt Rev Dr Angus Morrison has extended the Church's "affectionate congratulations" to HM the Queen on her 90th birthday, noting her "unwavering commitment and witness to the Christian faith."


Minister reflects on refugee crisis facing Greece

Churches across Europe are working hard to counter the rise of anti-refugee sentiment in a bid to make the continent a place of safety, a Kirk minister has said.

Hannah Mary Goodlad and Rt Rev Dr Angus Morrison

Moderators Challenge is bringing in funds for refugees in Egypt

The Moderator and the Youth Moderator have cycled the 13-mile Loch Leven Heritage Trail to raise funds for a Church refugee project in Egypt.

Motherwell minister celebrated on the 70th anniversary of his ordination

A group of ministers from Hamilton Presbytery made a surprise visit to Rev Dr James Martin to celebrate the 70th anniversary of his ordination.

Rev Sandy Fraser and Rev Dr Russell Barr

Judges praise entries for Moderator's Medal

A host of colourful entries have been submitted by school pupils competing for this year's Moderator's Medal. Judges have praised the quality of the projects which all consider the theme of 'building bridges'.

Gayle Taylor with students

Edinburgh school closures hitting neediest kids hardest

Edinburgh's school closures are placing an extra burden on pupils with disabilities and mental health challenges, says a school chaplain and counsellor.

Andrew MacPherson and Lyndsay Kennedy

Meet the next Youth Moderator and Clerk of the 2016 National Youth Assembly

The Church of Scotland's National Youth Assembly has chosen Andrew MacPherson to be its next Moderator and Lyndsay Kennedy to be the next Clerk.

Mrs Anne Robb with pupils

Awards keep on coming for founders of Calderglen Befriending Project

A dedicated member of Claremont Parish Church, East Kilbride, along with her team of young volunteers, has been recognised for her role as the 'lynchpin' in an elderly befriending scheme which has also been praised in both the Scottish and Westminster parliaments.


End of an era as last surviving native resident of St Kilda laid to rest

A Church of Scotland minister has described the death of the last surviving native resident of St Kilda as the "passing of an era".


Fascinating tour of Moray beckons for Moderator and his wife

Soldiers, airmen, street pastors, lifeboat crewmen, fish curers, care home staff, counsellors and biscuit, sweater and whisky makers - the Moderator is poised to meet them all.


Youth Moderator urges people to donate school bags for refugee children

Young Church of Scotland membersare being urged to donate backpacks packed full of essential items to helpprepare refugee children for school.

Colin Sinclair

Church of Scotland responds to Social Attitudes Survey

A senior Kirk official warns against measuring the strength of the Church by reports of a decline in membership numbers.


Ordinary people speak truth to power at unique Scottish Parliament election hustings event

Hundreds of people attended a unique Scottish Parliament election hustings event in Edinburgh last night organised by the Church of Scotland.

Rev Alistair Bennett

Melrose minister appointed as new minister to Bermuda

Christ Church, Warwick, Church of Scotland in Bermuda has appointed Rev Alistair George Bennett, BSc, BD (Hons) as its new minister.

Granton Parish Church

Congregation's video asks "Is your church welcoming?"

An Edinburgh congregation has made a short video looking at what makes for a warm welcome.


On his tandem - Moderator embarks on Loch Leven fundraising cycle in aid of refugees

The Moderator of the GeneralAssembly of the Church of Scotland is swapping his dog collar for sports gearto take part in a 13-mile charity tandem bike ride around an iconic loch toraise money to help thousands of refugees.

Lambrigg wind farm

Book now for Can we Address Fuel Poverty and Respond to Climate Change?

John Cunningham, Head of the Energy Unit in the Western Isles, will speak out in support of Green Energy incentives as one way to solve fuel poverty at 'Can we Address Fuel Poverty and Respond to Climate Change?' a church-sponsored event at Edinburgh Science Festival on Wednesday April 6.