News and press releases

Rev Dr Derek Browning

Moderator Designate for Church of Scotland General Assembly 2017-18 announced

12 October, 2016

A minister who played a key role in establishing the Church of Scotland’s biggest annual open-air festival has been named as the next Moderator of the General Assembly.

Children and Family services

Moderator highlights invaluable work of CrossReach as he visits social care projects across Scotland

10 October, 2016

The Moderator helped launch CrossReach week 2016 and its theme 'Love in Action' with a special service at Letham St Mark's Church in Perth on Sunday 9 October.

Very Rev Dr Sheilagh Kesting

Very Rev Dr Sheilagh Kesting retires after 23 years as Kirk Ecumenical Officer

8 October, 2016

It is hard to imagine the ecumenical scene in Scotland and beyond without the quiet but influential presence of the Very Rev Dr Sheilagh Kesting, who retired at the end of September from her post as Ecumenical Officer and Secretary to the Ecumenical Relations Committee of the Church of Scotland.


Scotland should look to Finland for inspiration to tackle homelessness

7 October, 2016

A new national strategy to tackle the “demoralising, degrading and dehumanising” blight of homelessness must be introduced in Scotland, a senior Kirk figure has said.


Twinning with international congregations inspiring and fruitful

5 October, 2016

Two Church of Scotland ministers are encouraging congregations to develop close working friendships with partner churches around the world.

Richard Frazer

Property tax should be based on ability to pay says Kirk

5 October, 2016

The Church of Scotland has called for Council Tax bands to be re-evaluated to make it a fairer system that reflects current house prices.

Minister tells MSPs how Boys Brigade played pivotal role in his life

4 October, 2016

A Church of Scotland minister from Aberdeen highlighted the work of the Boys Brigade in the Scottish Parliament this afternoon.

Very Rev Dr Lorna Hood

Very Rev Dr Lorna Hood retires from ministry after 37 years at Renfrew North

4 October, 2016

Very Rev Dr Lorna Hood, who is retiring from ministry, has been given a heartfelt send-off by the congregation of Renfrew North Parish Church, where she served faithfully for 37 years. Her achievements were celebrated with a special ‘Songs of Praise’ service that included family, friends ---and some high profile political figures.

social media

Why our Church needs to be on social media

3 October, 2016

In this article first published in Life and Work magazine, the Church of Scotland’s Communications Manager, Rob Flett, explains why the Church is using social media and how congregations and Presbyteries can cultivate their own followers.

Kirk's newest minister finds a haven in Orkney

Reverend John Butterfield may be the newest minister in the Church of Scotland, but he brings with him over twenty years of experience gained serving in the Methodist Church. John recently transferred into the Kirk, and was inducted into the parish of Stromness and Graemsay in Orkney two weeks ago. Savouring the view over the harbour, he says "When I look out over the sea, I still pinch myself that I'm here."