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Rev Jonathan Fleming

Scottish Parliament recognises Erskine minister for community work

The Rev Jonathan Fleming of Erskine Parish Church was described as a "great asset to the town" by 14 Labour and SNP MSPs after he was named Citizen of the Year 2015.

Survey indicates 1.5 million Scots identify with Church

The latest Scottish Annual Household Survey has suggested 27.8% of Scots feel they belong to the Church of Scotland, a drop of 0.6% on the previous year. The figures, drawn from a sample of 9,800 people, also indicate 47% of Scots now consider themselves as having no religion at all. Is it all bad news? No. While the number identifying with the Church has dropped significantly over the last 6 years, the rate of decline appears to be slowing. If the data is correct, it indicates almost 1,500,000 people state an affinity to our Church.

Calum Murray

CrossReach director speaks out on rise in drugs-related deaths

Calum Murray said the record number of drugs-related deaths amid funding cuts amounts to a "tragic and deeply saddening" situation."

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Church backs action against human trafficking

Thousands of people in Edinburgh have signed a petition calling for an end to the practice of human trafficking, which is commonly regarded as modern-day slavery.

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Fringe events feature Church leaders

Church and Society Convener Rev Sally Foster-Fulton will speak in a 'Butterfly Rammy' debate on Scottish national unity after the Referendum.

Going for Growth Workshop

Going for Growth to Visit Oban in September

Two events in Oban this September will deliver support and encouragement to anyone interested in growing congregations and developing new ways to express faith.

Orkney tapestry

Tapestry puts new Orkney church in the heart of the community

An Orkney congregation has celebrated the donation of a beautiful tapestry specially commissioned to hang in their new church building. The project to build the Milestone Church in Orkney's West Mainland was a major undertaking for the then minister Rev Andrea Price. She has since moved on to St Columba's in London, but returned to Orkney recently with her husband Neil to see the tapestry take pride of place in the new building.

Gordon Brown at NYA

Church urges members to sign global education petition

Former PM Gordon Brown told youth assembly that 59 million children are denied access to education while 500 million are unable to complete high school.

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Youth Assembly urges action on climate change

A call for the Church to partially divest from fossil fuels has been made by the National Youth Assembly at its gathering over the weekend.

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Churches speak out on migrant crisis

Four churches-- the Baptist Union of Great Britain, the Church of Scotland, the Methodist Church and the United Reformed Church have issued a statement urging the government to change its policy and language on migrants.

Services in Edinburgh and Glasgow will commemorate VJ Day

Canongate Kirk and Knightswood St Margaret's Church of Scotland will hold services to mark the 70th anniversary of VJ Day

Hannah Mary Goodlad

Meet Hannah Mary Goodlad the new Youth Moderator

As a student Hannah Mary rarely went to church. Now she's back with a renewed passion for the Kirk, Christ and social justice.

Castlemilk

Work begins on new Castlemilk church

Work to build a new £1.4million church building in Glasgow is expected to start next week. Local minister the Rev Sarah Brown said the Castlemilk congregation was "excited" about the prospect of a new place of worship.

Angus Morrison and Rachel Hutcheson

Moderator and Youth Moderator Visit Perth Street Pastors

Rt. Rev Angus Morrison and Rachel Hutcheson commended the pastors for their ministry to vulnerable people on the street

Hiroshima peace memorial

Church leaders commemorate Hiroshima bombing saying "never again"

Religious leaders from many faiths, including several Christian denominations, gathered 6 August at the Friend's Meeting House in Central London, to mark the 70th anniversary of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The overriding message of the meeting was clear: 'Never Again.'

Climate baton reaches Carrick Knowe

Church leader issues fresh plea for action on climate change

The Rev Sally Foster-Fulton, convener of the Church and Society Council is urging people to sign a petition calling on world leaders to do more to tackle climate change. Climate change is the most critical and important challenge of the modern age, she said, with the burden falling most heavily on the poorest in the world who have done least to cause it.

Rev Kay Brown

Falkirk minister's book brings Bible characters face-to-face with Jesus

A Church of Scotland minister has written a new book which she hopes will bring people struggling with their faith closer to God.

Lachlan Simpson

Minister seeks to comfort community after man goes missing

The disappearance of Lachlan Simpson has been a huge blow to people living in and around Dornoch in Sutherland. The 22-year-old chef from nearby Embo hasn't been seen since he left an agricultural show dance in the early hours of Sunday July 26. Rev Susan Brown is doing what she can to comfort everyone close to Lachlan in this 1600-strong coastal community.

Tommy McNeil

Tommy’s ‘Shed’ stars in latest ‘Tomorrow’s Calling’ video

The first video to follow up the success of the 'Tomorrow's Calling' feature released in May stars Rev Tommy McNeil talking about his resurgent ministry in Stornoway. More than 55,000 people watched the original 'Tomorrow's Calling' video within the first 3 weeks of it going online, and plans are in place for a series of follow up videos promoting the work of ministers across the country.

Rev Peter Johnson

Minister's amazing blog on twinning trip to Malawi

Five intrepid members of the Presbytery of Aberdeen have recently returned from an exhilarating 11,000 mile round trip to Blantyre City Presbytery, Malawi as part of an ongoing Church of Scotland and Malawi Partnership Committee twinning project. An innovative online blog written by the Rev Peter Johnston provides a unique insight into the visit and the mutual benefits of twinning arrangements facilitated through the Church.