News and press releases


Refugees - welcome the stranger as Jesus did

17 November, 2016

Scottish Faiths Action Group co-ordinator David Bradwell reflects on the last 12 months which has seen more than 1,200 Syrian refugees welcomed to Scotland.

Guild members and Moderator

The Guild welcomes Rt Rev Dr Russell Barr as its newest member

17 November, 2016

Rt Rev Dr Russell Barr has become the first Moderator to join the Guild during his Moderatorial year. Dr Barr and Mrs Margaret Barr decided to join the Church of Scotland Guild as individual members as their home church has no Guild at present.


MSPs hail invaluable church engagement project

16 November, 2016

Cross-party members of the Scottish Parliament have welcomed an “invaluable” initiative which helps them better engage with churches across the country.


What it's like to take a funeral when there are no mourners present

16 November, 2016

Rev Dr Derek Browning reflects on what it is like to officiate at what is known as a 'paupers funeral' in the wake of a new study that shows that local authority funerals, where no family can be traced for the deceased person or the family are unable to pay for the funeral, have increased 24 percent over the past year.

Freddi Wilson of Links Community and Rev Drausio Goncalves

Amid rising need a new foodbank opens in Craigmillar Edinburgh

16 November, 2016

As The Trussell Trust announces figures showing foodbank use across Scotland has risen by 6 percent, a new foodbank has opened in Bristo Memorial Church in Craigmillar, Edinburgh.

Georgie McArthur

Kirk minister’s charity expands to Glasgow to help young people struggling with grief

15 November, 2016

In schools across Scotland, every class is likely to have one child who is coping with a bereavement. Founded by a Kirk minister, Edinburgh-based charity Richmond’s Hope has already helped more than 3,000 young people come to terms with their grief. Now during Children’s Grief Awareness week the charity is launching a new service in Glasgow.

Sign up for our Online Advent Calendar now

15 November, 2016

A new online Advent calendar will bring the true spirit of Christmas to life with 25 specially created videos made by members of the Church of Scotland ministries team.

Rev Michael Lindwall with Dr Barr

Moderator reflects on US election after visit to partner churches

14 November, 2016

How to explain the seemingly inexplicable: having just returned from almost three weeks in the USA and Canada, people have been quizzing me on the election of Donald Trump as America’s 45th President.

Archbishop Cushley invests Dame Sheilagh Kesting with the Order of St Gregory the Great

Former Moderator "knighted" by Roman Catholic Church

12 November, 2016

A former Moderator of the General Assembly has been awarded one of the highest honours in the Roman Catholic Church for her work to build good relationships among churches in Scotland.

Visa problems disrupt Glasgow Presbytery’s twinning link

Church guarantees have failed to persuade the UK Borders Agency to grant visas to two Pakistani Christians who had hoped to visit Glasgow this year. Glasgow Presbytery is in the process of creating a twinning link with the Diocese of Hyderabad, but has found its efforts repeatedly frustrated by officialdom.