News and events

Kirk's newest minister finds a haven in Orkney

3 October, 2016

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."

Scottish political leaders back climate change

Kirk welcomes climate-change pact signed by political party leaders

30 September, 2016

The Church of Scotland has welcomed a new pact signed by political party leaders which commits them to do all that they can to tackle climate change.


Video: The Kirk is at the forefront of efforts to support refugees in Hungary

28 September, 2016

Video - The Church of Scotland is at the forefront of work to support refugees in Hungary.

Take a Pew filmed in Glencoe

Video asks How do we serve our isolated communities?

27 September, 2016

Our latest Take a Pew video sees our pews set amidst the stunning backdrop of Glencoe to host a discussion on how the Church can best serve Scotland's isolated communities, wherever they exist.

Richard Frazer

Church of Scotland responds to Scottish Household Survey

27 September, 2016

The Scottish Household Survey found that 49.8 of adults say they are not religious and fewer people are claiming an affiliation with the Church of Scotland. Rev Richard Frazer, Church of Scotland minister at Greyfriars in Edinburgh and Convener of the Church and Society Council, says the big picture gives us a lot more cause for optimism.


Call to stop Christians being forced to convert to Islam

27 September, 2016

UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has been urged to take action to try and stop Christians in Pakistan being kidnapped and forced to convert to Islam.

Moderator and golf challenge winners

Moderator’s Golf Challenge raises funds for CrossReach

26 September, 2016

The Moderator’s Golf Challenge was held on 23 September 2016 at the Royal Burgess course. The funds raise will go to CrossReach programmes. Crispin Longden, of CrossReach supporter development, tells us how the day went:

Group of leaders at the signing

Moderator signs interfaith declaration of shared humanity

23 September, 2016

The Moderator joined a delegation of international religious leaders who signed a new declaration for humanity at the University of St Andrews Friday 23 September.


Don't worry I'll be back by lunch - poignant last words of Holocaust heroine

22 September, 2016

A brave Kirk missionary who died in Auschwitz after refusing to abandon Jewish girls in her care told sobbing pupils “Don’t worry, I’ll be back by lunch” as she was taken away by the Gestapo.

MSPs hail community work carried out by Edinburgh church members

The 200th anniversary of an Edinburgh church recently featured in a story about war damaged Kirk properties has been recognised in the Scottish Parliament.