News and press releases

Pakistan Christians

Home Secretary to examine visa refusal case

1 December, 2016

A controversial decision to refuse visas to two Pakistani Christians who want to visit Glasgow is to be examined by the Home Office.

Dr Lorna Hood

Scotland's patron saint symbol of welcome and respect

30 November, 2016

Scotland's patron saint "transcends boundaries" and represents people who are more than "us", a former Moderator of the General Assembly has said.

Dr Russell Barr

Historic ecumenical partnership agreement signed

30 November, 2016

A landmark agreement to enter into an historic ecumenical partnership has been signed by the Church of Scotland and the Church of England.

Rev Fiona Mathieson featured in No1 magazine

Parish minister profiled in popular magazine

28 November, 2016

Rev Fiona Mathieson, minister at Carrick Knowe church in Edinburgh, is interviewed in the December issue of No1 Magazine, which calls itself 'Scotland's glamorous glossy for women'. Mrs Mathieson answered questions for the magazine's A Day in the Life of... feature, raising the profile of parish ministers and the work of the church.

Very Rev Dr John Chalmers

Aberdeen University awards honorary degree to Kirk's Principal Clerk

28 November, 2016

Very Rev John Chalmers, Principal Clerk to the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, has been awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Aberdeen. The Doctor of Divinity degree, awarded on Friday 25 November recognises his contributions as a ‘distinguished Scottish churchman’.

Rev Dr Janet Foggie

Newest pioneer minister in post for Christmas

25 November, 2016

The Church of Scotland has appointed a new Pioneer Minister to work with the students and staff at the University of Stirling.

Rev Dr Alister Bull

New book looks at spiritual needs of sick children

23 November, 2016

For children, a stay in hospital can be a frightening experience, but a new book by Rev Dr Alister Bull, secretary of the Mission and Discipleship Council, aims to help healthcare professionals understand and support children dealing with illness and hospitalisation.


A wing, a ring and a prayer

22 November, 2016

A Church of Scotland minister was sworn to secrecy by a bridegroom, when he officiated at a traditional wedding ceremony with an unusual twist.

Food Bank

Chancellor urged not to put poor in economic harm's way

21 November, 2016

Church leaders have warned that a freeze to state benefits combined with an expected rise in inflation will hit the poorest people in society “harder and faster”.