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Motherwell minister celebrated on the 70th anniversary of his ordination

A group of ministers from Hamilton Presbytery made a surprise visit to Rev Dr James Martin to celebrate the 70th anniversary of his ordination.

Rev Sandy Fraser and Rev Dr Russell Barr

Judges praise entries for Moderator's Medal

A host of colourful entries have been submitted by school pupils competing for this year's Moderator's Medal. Judges have praised the quality of the projects which all consider the theme of 'building bridges'.

Gayle Taylor with students

Edinburgh school closures hitting neediest kids hardest

Edinburgh's school closures are placing an extra burden on pupils with disabilities and mental health challenges, says a school chaplain and counsellor.

Andrew MacPherson and Lyndsay Kennedy

Meet the next Youth Moderator and Clerk of the 2016 National Youth Assembly

The Church of Scotland's National Youth Assembly has chosen Andrew MacPherson to be its next Moderator and Lyndsay Kennedy to be the next Clerk.

Mrs Anne Robb with pupils

Awards keep on coming for founders of Calderglen Befriending Project

A dedicated member of Claremont Parish Church, East Kilbride, along with her team of young volunteers, has been recognised for her role as the 'lynchpin' in an elderly befriending scheme which has also been praised in both the Scottish and Westminster parliaments.


End of an era as last surviving native resident of St Kilda laid to rest

A Church of Scotland minister has described the death of the last surviving native resident of St Kilda as the "passing of an era".


Fascinating tour of Moray beckons for Moderator and his wife

Soldiers, airmen, street pastors, lifeboat crewmen, fish curers, care home staff, counsellors and biscuit, sweater and whisky makers - the Moderator is poised to meet them all.


Youth Moderator urges people to donate school bags for refugee children

Young Church of Scotland membersare being urged to donate backpacks packed full of essential items to helpprepare refugee children for school.

Colin Sinclair

Church of Scotland responds to Social Attitudes Survey

A senior Kirk official warns against measuring the strength of the Church by reports of a decline in membership numbers.


Ordinary people speak truth to power at unique Scottish Parliament election hustings event

Hundreds of people attended a unique Scottish Parliament election hustings event in Edinburgh last night organised by the Church of Scotland.

Rev Alistair Bennett

Melrose minister appointed as new minister to Bermuda

Christ Church, Warwick, Church of Scotland in Bermuda has appointed Rev Alistair George Bennett, BSc, BD (Hons) as its new minister.

Granton Parish Church

Congregation's video asks "Is your church welcoming?"

An Edinburgh congregation has made a short video looking at what makes for a warm welcome.


On his tandem - Moderator embarks on Loch Leven fundraising cycle in aid of refugees

The Moderator of the GeneralAssembly of the Church of Scotland is swapping his dog collar for sports gearto take part in a 13-mile charity tandem bike ride around an iconic loch toraise money to help thousands of refugees.

Lambrigg wind farm

Book now for Can we Address Fuel Poverty and Respond to Climate Change?

John Cunningham, Head of the Energy Unit in the Western Isles, will speak out in support of Green Energy incentives as one way to solve fuel poverty at 'Can we Address Fuel Poverty and Respond to Climate Change?' a church-sponsored event at Edinburgh Science Festival on Wednesday April 6.

Kate Reynolds

Minister to Israel and Palestine launches video blog

The Rev Kate Reynolds has launched her new video blog, which invites us into her life as the new Associate Minister at St Andrew's Scots Memorial Church, Jerusalem and St Andrew's Church of Scotland, Tiberias.

Midstocket Church members

Aberdeen Churchgoers raise £15500 to combat hunger in Malawi

Church of Scotland congregations in Aberdeen have bicycled 12,392 miles in a fundraising effort that will send £15,500 to help people in Malawi who have lost crops to flooding.

Bishop Sammy Azariah

Moderator calls for strenuous peace building effort in Pakistan

Rt Rev Dr Angus Morrison, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, has called for a strenuous peace building effort in Pakistan.


Churches urge Home Secretary to offer sanctuary to more refugees fleeing Syria

The Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland has urged Home Secretary Theresa May to provide sanctuary for more Syrian refugees fleeing persecution.

Banchory West Church goes on The One Show

A north-east minister is appearing on The One Show to explain why he encourages his flock to use their mobile phones during Sunday services.

Speak Out politics hustings event

Leading Holyrood politicians to take part in Church-sponsored hustings event

Politicians will come face-to-face with the harsh realities of 21st century Scotland expressed by ordinary people at a unique hustings event next month.