News and events

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.

Job Centre

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.

Naveed Khurram

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.

Princess Royal

HRH the Princess Royal appointed High Commissioner to the General Assembly 2017

8 December, 2016

The Princess Royal-- Princess Anne--is appointed as Her Majesty’s High Commissioner to the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland in 2017.

Partners and companions signing ecumenical agreement

Kirk joins landmark ecumenical partnership in Cumbria

8 December, 2016

The Church of Scotland has joined with partner Churches in Cumbria to work together on a shared ecumenical vision. The partnership was formed five years ago when leaders from the Methodist, United Reformed and Anglican churches joined together to sign a Declaration of Intent, signalling moves to work more closely together in mission.

Alex Johnstone

Church elder and MSP dies aged 55

7 December, 2016

A Church of Scotland elder who served as an MSP in the Scottish Parliament for 17 years has died.

Bill Hewitt

Visa refusal decision to be reviewed

7 December, 2016

The Home Office is to review a controversial decision to refuse visas to two Pakistani Christians who want to visit Glasgow.

Iconic church reopens after £875,000 refurbishment

6 December 2016

An iconic church in Perth has reopened after £875,000 refurbishment.