News and press releases

‘Invisible Church’ author optimistic about future of faith

29 December, 2016

This first book to consider why people stop attending church based on thorough research turned into a publishing phenomenon this year. Author Steve Aisthorpe’s “The Invisible Church” became an instant best seller, and challenged many preconceptions linking declining church attendance with a decline in Christian faith.

Sandy Sneddon

Priceless scroll casts fresh light on plight of Scottish Presbyterians during Boxer Rebellion

28 December, 2016

A fragile handwritten public proclamation has cast fresh light on the impact of a bloody rebellion on Scottish Presbyterians in China over 100 years ago.

Bob Mallinson

Top stories of the year

28 December, 2016

We have compiled our Top Ten lists of our most popular stories on the Church website, Facebook and Twitter channels according to audience reach over recent months. Some of the results are surprising!

Colin’s Egyptian mission to strengthen faith links

27 December, 2016

The past year has seen a worrying number of atrocities including the bombing at the Egyptian capital’s Coptic cathedral earlier this month. In the autumn, our mission partner Rev Colin Johnston moved to Cairo to help establish stronger connections with the Christian community.

Esther Green

Moray church turns to social media to find new minister

26 December, 2016

A Scottish parish church has produced a 90-second video ‘ad’ to help them find their next minister. The short film starring members of Keith: St Rufus, Botriphnie and Grange Church has been produced as part of its drive to attract a new minister.

Rt rev Dr Russell Barr

A Christmas message from the Moderator

25 December, 2016

In his Christmas message Rt Rev Dr Russell Barr takes a look at how the story of Jesus' birth has many meanings for us today.

Rev Sarah Brown cooking

Castlemilk serves up Christmas community meal

24 December, 2016

Castlemilk Parish Church is supporting a community Christmas dinner this Sunday thanks to a partnership with a neighbouring cafe. Rev Sarah Brown says the meal is a special occasion to bring the whole community together.

Skye minister’s unique story told in BBC Alba documentary

24 December, 2016

Skye minister’s unique story told in BBC Alba documentary: Balach nam Bàgh - The Boy From The Bays

Couple watching video

Churches sharing services online this Christmas

23 December, 2016

A growing number of churches will be sharing their services online this Christmas. With storms threatening to disrupt travel arrangements across the country we've compiled a list of several congregations which you can join their service live as it happens, or watch later in your own time.

Resident artist starts mammoth public art project

Resident artist at Glasgow’s St George’s Tron church,Iain Campbell, is embarking on a mammoth undertaking he estimates will take the next three years to complete. He is painting 24 scenes from the gospel of Luke using a space in the corner of the cafe as his studio.