News and events


General Assembly calls for law amendment to protect children

24 May, 2016

The Scottish Government is being urged to alter existing law to ensure that it is neveracceptable to beat a child.

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General Assembly votes to support Speak Out: 10,000 voices for change

24 May, 2016

The General Assembly has voted to support the Church and Society's Speak Out strategy that will guide the Council's work for the next 5-10 years. You can follow the work on the new Speak Out pages on the church website.

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Moderator preaches at St Giles on General Assembly Sunday

24 May, 2016

The Moderator preached at St Giles on Sunday morning and attended the Heart and Soul festival in Princes Street Gardens in the afternoon. Here is his full sermon.


CrossReach in living wage bid

23 May, 2016

Socialcare provider CrossReach has been instructed to work with Church of Scotlandtrustees in a bid to secure funding to enable it to pay all of its staff theScottish Living Wage.


New be bold be strong tartan for Kirk Guild

23 May, 2016

The Church of Scotland Guild has created its own specialtartan - a striking design that reflects its three year strategy motto "bebold, be strong".


New roadshows to discuss future of Kirk

21 May, 2016

Regional roadshows are to be held across Scotland to give congregations the opportunity to voice their opinions about the future direction of the Church of Scotland.


General Assembly allows ministers and deacons in same-sex marriages

21 May, 2016

The historic decision by the Church of Scotland to recognise Ministers and Deacons in same-sex civil partnerships has been extended to cover same-sex marriage.


Archbishop of Canterbury to take part in General Assembly debate on Columba Declaration

20 May, 2016

The Archbishop of Canterbury is set to make history when he becomes the first head of the Church of England to take part in a debate at the Church of Scotland's General Assembly which opens in Edinburgh tomorrow.

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New book tells story of Czech minister forced to flee to Scotland

20 May, 2016

A new book by a former Czech dissident minister tells how he and his family had to flee to Scotland after being persecuted by the secret police.

Proposal to move General Assembly to June to attract young people

The General Assembly of the Church of Scotland could be moved to June in the future under new proposals to try and encourage more young people to attend.