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Church urges action on religious freedom in Nepal

Concerns about proposed restrictions to religious freedom in Nepal have been raised by the Church with the UK and Scottish Governments. The Moderator of the General Assembly has written to the Foreign Secretary, Philip Hammond MP, and the Scottish Minister for International Development, Humza Yousaf MSP.

7 SCOTS give Moderator taste of active service

The Moderator of the General Assembly was so enthused by a visit to 7 SCOTS Infantry Battalion in Perthshire at the weekend he has been left reflecting on what might have been. In meeting and talking with the soldiers, Rt Rev Dr Angus Morrison was struck by the commitment of the troops, and the value they place on the active support they receive from the church.

Heart and Soul 2015 - Living Stones book

Surge in demand for Church prayer collection

This year's 'Pray Now:Living Stones' prayer collection is to be reprinted after selling more copies in the last two months than over the course of the previous year.

Local MP Nick Brown’s visit to St Andrew’s Kirk in Newcastle was the subject of their 100th tweet.

Newcastle church takes to Twitter to grow online

St Andrew's Kirk, Newcastle is looking to the future with the help of social media - so far reaching out to an estimated 25,000 people in the process. The church recently sent its 100th tweet, marking the visit to St Andrew's of Nick Brown, MP to Newcastle East.

Church of Scotland’s lead official announces retirement

The woman appointed as the first person to manage the Church of Scotland's 2,500 staff has announced she will retire next year. Pauline Weibye, who's 62, will leave her post as general secretary of the Church at next May's General Assembly.

David Cameron

Church calls on Prime Minister to show 'British Values' in tackling extremism

The Convener of the Church of Scotland's Church and Society Council, Rev Sally Foster-Fulton is calling on David Cameron to embody the 'British values' he has laid out today by welcoming refugees, promoting social cohesion and advancing international dialogue. In the following response to the Prime Minister's speech, Ms Foster-Fulton fears these values will be undermined by moves to expand military operations and tighten surveillance measures.

Play initiative encourages children to spend more time outdoors

Children in Glasgow are embracing traditional outdoor games such as hopscotch and skipping this summer with an outdoor play initiative.

Reflection delivered by Rev Graham at the funeral of Billy and Lisa Graham

Reflection delivered by Rev Sydney Graham at the funeral of Billy and Lisa Graham who were killed in the Tunisian attack

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon meets some of the Mothers of Srebrenica after the memorial service.

St Giles holds memorial service for Srebrenica massacre

Scotland remembered the victims of the Srebrenica massacre at a memorial service in St Giles Cathedral Friday July 10 to mark the 20th anniversary of the atrocity.

Very Rev Dr Lorna Hood with Prime Minister David Cameron

Very Rev Dr Lorna Hood honoured at Downing Street

Prime Minister David Cameron presented the former Moderator with a Points of Light award for her work with Remembering Srebrenica

Queen Elizabeth at Strathclyde University

Hundreds attend Abronhill Church remembrance for Jim and Anne McQuire

The congregation and Cumbernauld community members comforted one another with prayers and a silent moment of remembrance.

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Kirk sessions vote to uphold traditional position in new vacancy process

Two congregations seeking new ministers will uphold the traditional position of the Church and will not call ministers in civil partnerships

Catherine Hale

Church calls for urgent review of benefit sanctions

A letter from 13 churches and charities calls on the UK Government to set up a full independent reviewof the benefits sanctions system.


Abronhill Church to hold Friday Prayer Gathering for Cumbernauld Community

Rev Joyce Keyes from Abronhill Church in Cumbernauld has expressed her thanks for the compassion and support the congregation has received since learning of the deaths of Jim and Ann McQuire

CrossReach urges support for Postnatal Depression after death of baby Chloe

CrossReach has drawn attention to the lack of resources available for families struggling with Postnatal Depression following the death of baby Chloe Sutherland.

David Nicolson and family

Church welcomes 19 new recruits to ministry

Nineteen new recruits to Church of Scotland ministry have been accepted following the first round of this year's assessment conferences. A further 34 candidates are eligible to be considered this autumn and hopes are high this year's intake of trainees could prove be the largest for some time.

Rev David Cooper

Shetland ministers to star in BBC's Island Parish

Next season the BBC2 programme An Island Parish will follow the fortunes of the communities living in the Shetland Islands.

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Church of Scotland Welcomes Pope Francis’ Statements on Climate Change

The Church of Scotland welcomes Pope Francis' wide-ranging and comprehensive encyclical on climate change.