News and press releases

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 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”.

Shuna Dicks

Syrian refugees feel safe and welcome in Moray

20 November, 2016

Church minister says Syrian refugees feel safe and welcome in Moray


Emotional reunion for Holocaust heroine relatives

19 November, 2016

Proud relatives of the only Scot to be officially honoured for giving her life to help protect Jewish schoolgirls during the Holocaust have attended a special reunion to view her handwritten will.

Russell and Gais

‘A Light for Aleppo’ aims to send hope to Syria

18 November, 2016

Communities across the country are being urged to support ‘A light for Aleppo, a light for all’, by lighting candles on Sunday 20 November as a gesture of support for the men, women and children trapped in the besieged Syrian city.


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.