News and events

Brussels minister Rev Dr Andrew Gardner

Brussels minister reflects on a hard year for the city

21 December, 2016

Over the next few weeks we will be publishing a series of reflections on what 2016 has meant and what the new year will bring. In the first reflection, Rev Dr Andrew Gardner from St Andrew's Church of Scotland in Brussels looks back on what has been a difficult year for the city, and how the congregation has risen to the challenges and uncertainties they are facing.

Marianne Taylor and Dr Whitley

Herald writer considers Church's place in contemporary Scotland

20 December, 2016

Writer Marianne Taylor visited St Rollox church in Sighthill and spoke to a range of church members to produce an interesting and well observed perspective on the Church of Scotland. The newspaper has kindly given us permission to republish the story in full.

Mrs Catherine Murray with the Paisley Abbey choristers

Performance of new carol is widow's Christmas wish come true

20 December, 2016

A new Christmas carol written by a retired widow from Largs was performed for the first time at Paisley Abbey this morning, fulfilling a wish she had never dreamed would be granted.

Dr Barr and Rev Keith Blackwood

Moderator rededicates historic Aberdeen church given £1.5 million makeover

17 December, 2016

A north-east church which underwent a £1.5million refurbishment programme has been rededicated by the Moderator of the General Assembly.

Tarbert declaration signing

Island Presbyteries sign up to closer links

16 December, 2016

Two Presbyteries in the Western Isles have come together to sign the ‘Tarbert Declaration’, expressing their commitment to closer fellowship, greater collaboration and sharing resources in areas of common interest.

Strand of DNA

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.

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.