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St Giles

Moderator preaches at St Giles on General Assembly Sunday

The Moderator preached at St Giles on Sunday morning and attended the Heart and Soul festival in Princes Street Gardens in the afternoon. Here is his full sermon.


CrossReach in living wage bid

Socialcare provider CrossReach has been instructed to work with Church of Scotlandtrustees in a bid to secure funding to enable it to pay all of its staff theScottish Living Wage.


New be bold be strong tartan for Kirk Guild

The Church of Scotland Guild has created its own specialtartan - a striking design that reflects its three year strategy motto "bebold, be strong".


New roadshows to discuss future of Kirk

Regional roadshows are to be held across Scotland to give congregations the opportunity to voice their opinions about the future direction of the Church of Scotland.


General Assembly allows ministers and deacons in same-sex marriages

The historic decision by the Church of Scotland to recognise Ministers and Deacons in same-sex civil partnerships has been extended to cover same-sex marriage.


Archbishop of Canterbury to take part in General Assembly debate on Columba Declaration

The Archbishop of Canterbury is set to make history when he becomes the first head of the Church of England to take part in a debate at the Church of Scotland's General Assembly which opens in Edinburgh tomorrow.

Bisek Family

New book tells story of Czech minister forced to flee to Scotland

A new book by a former Czech dissident minister tells how he and his family had to flee to Scotland after being persecuted by the secret police.


Proposal to move General Assembly to June to attract young people

The General Assembly of the Church of Scotland could be moved to June in the future under new proposals to try and encourage more young people to attend.


Church dismisses media reports of ‘online baptism’

The Church is not bringing forward plans for 'online baptism', contrary to media headlines ahead of the General Assembly. The Convener of the Legal Questions Committee, Rev George Cowie, says the reporting has presented the most extreme interpretation of what may be discussed.

Heart and Soul Swing band

Heart and Soul Festival 2016 lines up exciting mix of all-ages entertainment

Two stages of music and entertainment, 65 booths and just a few surprises promise to make for an exciting Heart and Soul Festival 2016.

Joint working group formed with Scottish Episcopal Church

A joint working group is being created to further the common goals shared by the Church of Scotland and the Scottish Episcopal Church. The "Our Common Calling" working group is due to hold its first meeting in the early autumn to take forward the new initiative.


Moderator designate challenges politicians to tackle obscenity of homelessness

The scale of homelessness inScotland is a "damning indictment" on modern society and politicians must domuch more to tackle the problem, a Church leader has said.


General Assembly to discuss ethical investment policies

The Church of Scotland's investments will be under discussion at the General Assembly, with a proposal that would urge the Trustees of the Church of Scotland Investors Trust and the Church of Scotland Pension Fund to align their investments with the Church's position on climate change.

Janette Wilson

Retiring after 35 years Janette Wilson is optimistic about the future of the Church

Janette Wilson made history when she became the first woman to be appointed as Solicitor to the Church of Scotland. Now, after 35 years at the Kirk, she is retiring and reminiscing about avoiding a bawling out in court and the day the Queen's representative acquired a parking ticket at the General Assembly.

Take a Pew Kelpies

First Take A Pew video goes live online

From the Cairngorms to Ayrshire and Glasgow Green to Glencoe, two church pews are touring the country to kick-start a conversation about the place of faith in contemporary Scotland.

Invisible Church

The Invisible Church is into a second printing after selling out in weeks

The Invisible Church is now into its second printing after the book's first print run sold out just weeks after it landed on bookstore shelves.

Big Brekkie

Christian Aid kicks off annual fundraiser with a Big Brekkie

Rt Rev Dr Angus Morrison and Rev Dr Russell Barr, the Moderator-Designate, joined Rev Sally Foster Fulton, the new head of Christian Aid, at the charity's Big Brekkie fundraiser held at Augustine United Church, Edinburgh, this week.

Manse Bairns

Manse Bairns Network offers fellowship to ministers' children

From living in a home that doubles as a meeting space to being expected to be a model of good behaviour, life has sometimes been difficult for children growing up in a manse.


Church members share joy at 70 years of married bliss

Acouple have reached a remarkable milestone after a lifetime of laughs and notone serious argument.

Gaelic conference

BBC documentary records historic year for the Moderator

A new BBC documentary follows a year in the life of the Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, Rt Rev Dr Angus Morrison – and catches the moment First Minister Nicola Sturgeon jokingly tells the Moderator that his collection of jewellery is superior to her own.