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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.

Refugee boat rescue

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.

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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.