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General Assembly to take centre stage on independence referendum debate

The General Assembly of the Church of Scotland will this afternoon debate the question of Scottish independence.

Heart and Soul puts hands across the world

More than 5000 people attended the Church of Scotland’s annual Heart and Soul festival yesterday.

Queen recognises Church's healing role

The new Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland has described the moment he was installed this morning in Edinburgh as a “humbling and uplifting” experience.

General Assembly set to begin

The Church of Scotland’s General Assembly opens tomorrow in the General Assembly Hall on The Mound in Edinburgh. It has met almost every year since its inception in 1560.

Volunteers strive towards inclusion during Learning Disability Awareness week

A committed group of church volunteers who serve on the recently reformed Learning Disabilities Working Group have created Starters for Sunday materials to resource and inspire congregations during Learning Disability Awareness week.

Church calls for the UK to intervene in the South Sudan crisis

The Church of Scotland has urged Foreign Secretary William Hague to increase diplomatic initiatives to provide further humanitarian assistance to the people of South Sudan.

Respectful Dialogue – a way forward in the referendum debate and the gay minister dispute

This article by Rev John Chalmers, the incoming Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, appeared in the Sunday Times on May 11.

Life and Work - June issue

Get June's edition of Life and Work! Life and Work is the magazine of the Church of Scotland. In a history spanning over 130 years, it has established itself as the pre-eminent voice of the Church of Scotland.

Church of Scotland urges politicians to attend service of reconciliation after referendum vote

Leading figures from the Better Together and Yes Campaigns will be invited to attend a service at St Giles’ Cathedral on Sunday September 21st, three days after the historic vote, when the focus will be on healing divisions and building the future together.


Moderator condemns kidnapping of schoolgirls in Nigeria

The Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, the Right Reverend Lorna Hood, has spoken of her shock and anger at the kidnap of over 200 schoolgirls by the militant group Boko Haram in Nigeria.

Kirk to hold a celebration of the life of Archibald Charteris

A special service will be held in Wamphray Parish Church this weekend to celebrate the life and achievements of the Very Reverend Professor Archibald Hamilton Charteris.

Moderator represents Church of Scotland in Caribbean

The Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, Rt Rev Lorna Hood, has just returned from a visit to the Caribbean and to partner churches in Trinidad, Cuba and Jamaica.

Songs of Praise shines spotlight on Commonwealth Games hospitality

The minister of Strathblane Parish Church recently welcomed the famous Songs of Praise TV programme into his home as the BBC shone a spotlight on his preparations for hosting volunteers at the Commonwealth Games.

Church hosts Amity meeting in Edinburgh

The Church of Scotland recently hosted a two-day meeting of the European Network of Amity Partners (ENAP).

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General Assembly to debate independence referendum

The General Assembly of the Church of Scotland is to debate the question of Scottish independence.

Local church blessed with new facilities

A church in Bearsden, Glasgow has opened the doors of its latest expansion project.

The Very Rev David Arnott agrees to become co-ordinator of Principal Clerk's office

The Very Rev David Arnott has kindly agreed to become co-ordinator of the Principal Clerk's office while the Rev John Chalmers holds office as Moderator of the General Assembly.

WEvolution launderette group

Groundbreaking new Church of Scotland charity launches enterprise initiative for women

Scottish women are to become entrepreneurs thanks to WEvolution, a groundbreaking new charity supported by the Church of Scotland and the Scottish Government, using a successful business model from India dubbed "brilliant but simple".

Moderator Designate heartened by resurging spirit at South Lanarkshire church

The Moderator Designate of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland believes the congregation at a church in South Lanarkshire which endured an unsettling split earlier this year will go from "strength to strength".

Church concerned at evidence of rising funeral costs

The Church of Scotland has released figures which highlight the rising costs of funerals across the country.

In some areas charges have increased by almost 300% in the past five years.