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Church urges caution over "three parent babies"

16 December, 2016

The Church of Scotland is urging the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) to think very carefully before licensing any clinical use of the new “three parent babies” techniques it has approved.

Mary Logie

Neighbour convicted of murdering Church member

15 December, 2016

A heroin addict has today been found guilty of the murder of a “kind hearted” Church of Scotland member in Fife.

Ray Gaston

Church community cohesion work applauded at Holyrood

14 December, 2016

A congregation has been recognised in the Scottish Parliament for its efforts to revive a village fayre tradition to mark its 200th anniversary.

Teachers at the StARS project

The former Moderators' Challenge will send £16,800 to refugee project in Egypt

14 December, 2016

The former Moderators’ Challenge has raised £16,800 for the St Andrews Refugee Service in Cairo Egypt. Very Rev Dr Angus Morrison created the challenge with former National Youth Assembly Moderator Hannah Mary Goodlad after they visited the project as part of a World Mission visit to the Church of Egypt last January.

Martin Fair Denise Mina

People who die alone are still children of God

13 December, 2016

A Church of Scotland minister featured in a BBC Radio Scotland programme today to underline the importance of giving people with no relatives or friends a decent funeral.

Moderator Rt Rev Dr Russell Barr

Moderator sends message of support to Egypt following Cairo bomb attack

12 December, 2016

The Moderator of the Church of Scotland has written to the Coptic Church in Egypt to express his shock and sadness at the bomb attack on the Coptic Cathedral complex in Cairo.


National Churches Trust repair grants applications close 4 January

12 December, 2016

Churches with urgent maintenance needs are being urged to consider applying for a new maintenance grant programme for listed Christian Places of Worship within the UK. Time is tight, as the deadline for online applications is January 4th 2017.

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Church condemns plans to close Job Centres

12 December, 2016

The Church of Scotland has reacted with dismay to “unacceptable” plans to cut up to half of the Job Centres in Glasgow.

Moderator with Grant Campbell

Moderator calls for joint effort to end homelessness

10 December, 2016

The Rt Rev Dr Russell Barr has praised Glasgow City Mission, saying the charity is an example of good practice in serving homeless people. And he called for a “collective endeavour that involves everyone working together,” to end the problem.

Family jump from second floor window to escape hotel fire

9 December 2016

A man and his terrified family narrowly escaped death after they were forced to jump out of the second floor window of a hotel that was on fire.