Church of Scotland News https://www.churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news The latest news releases from the Church of Scotland Thu, 23 Jan 2020 06:30:03 +0000 Delight as three friends ordained into ministry on same day https://churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2020/Delight-as-three-friends-ordained-into-ministry-on-same-day https://churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2020/Delight-as-three-friends-ordained-into-ministry-on-same-day Three friends who carved out successful careers in caring professions are today being ordained as Church of Scotland ministers. Dr Sonia Blakesley, a former GP, is being inducted into St Mark's Oldhall Parish Church in... Wed, 22 Jan 2020 15:45:29 +0000 Glasgow minister recognised for social justice work https://churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2020/Glasgow-minister-recognised-for-social-justice-work https://churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2020/Glasgow-minister-recognised-for-social-justice-work A Church of Scotland minister in Glasgow has been honoured for his commitment to social justice and improving people's lives. Rev Brian Casey of Springburn Parish Church has been recognised by the John White Little... Tue, 21 Jan 2020 15:55:29 +0000 Kirk announces membership of new Forums https://churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2020/kirk-announces-membership-of-new-forums https://churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2020/kirk-announces-membership-of-new-forums The Church of Scotland has formally appointed conveners, vice conveners, interim heads and members of the two new Forums: Faith Nurture and Faith Impact. The formation of the two new Forums was approved by the... Mon, 20 Jan 2020 16:31:21 +0000 Moderator urges people to "stand together" https://churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2020/Moderator-urges-people-to-stand-together https://churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2020/Moderator-urges-people-to-stand-together People need to "stand together" more than ever to tackle increasing division in society, the Moderator of the General Assembly has said. In an historic address within the House of Lords this afternoon, Rt Rev... Sat, 18 Jan 2020 05:45:05 +0000 Genocide hero gifted cow named after Scotland's national poet https://churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2020/scots-buy-genocide-hero-a-cow-named-after-robert-burns https://churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2020/scots-buy-genocide-hero-a-cow-named-after-robert-burns A man who saved the life of a baby during the Rwanda genocide has been presented with a cow named after Scotland's national poet. "Burns" is a thank you gift for Amiel Mbarubukeye who found... Fri, 17 Jan 2020 15:28:31 +0000 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity begins https://churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2020/week-of-prayer-for-christian-unity-begins https://churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2020/week-of-prayer-for-christian-unity-begins Beginning on Saturday 18 January, churches around the world will mark the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity over a period of eight days. The annual event, which first began in 1908, is designed to... Thu, 16 Jan 2020 04:30:07 +0000 On a wing and a prayer - rugby player 'tackles' new challenge as minister https://churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2020/Rugby-player-tackles-ministry-head-on https://churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2020/Rugby-player-tackles-ministry-head-on An amateur rugby player nicknamed the "Vicar of Libby" by his teammates is set for kick off as a parish minister in Aberdeen. Former fitness instructor Jonny Clipston is being ordained and inducted into Newhills... Fri, 10 Jan 2020 05:15:07 +0000 Praise the Lord - new expression of church officially launched https://churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2020/praise-the-lord-new-expression-of-church-officially-launched https://churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2020/praise-the-lord-new-expression-of-church-officially-launched A worshipping community in North Lanarkshire is being formally established as the Church of Scotland's newest congregation this weekend. It will become officially known as Moodiesburn Parish Church in an historic move described as a... Thu, 09 Jan 2020 11:19:24 +0000 Edinburgh conference aims to renew vision of women in ministry https://churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2020/edinburgh-conference-aims-to-renew-vision-of-women-in-ministry https://churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2020/edinburgh-conference-aims-to-renew-vision-of-women-in-ministry Looking to form or renew a clear vision for 2020? Women who are either serving in ministry or are partners of those serving are invited to attend a day conference in Edinburgh on Saturday 1... Wed, 08 Jan 2020 11:54:59 +0000 Practical Christianity in action - Street Pastors bound for Caithness https://churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2020/Practical-Christianity-in-action-Street-Pastors-bound-for-Caithness https://churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2020/Practical-Christianity-in-action-Street-Pastors-bound-for-Caithness Plans are underway to introduce a world renowned pastoral support service in the far north of Scotland. Street Pastors could be patrolling the streets of Wick and Thurso in Caithness on Friday and Saturday nights... Tue, 07 Jan 2020 14:10:57 +0000 MSPs urged to help build a land where everyone is valued and welcomed https://churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2020/MSPs-urged-to-help-build-a-land-where-everyone-is-valued https://churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2020/MSPs-urged-to-help-build-a-land-where-everyone-is-valued Members of the Scottish Parliament have been urged to help build a land were love dwells and all people can safely live. The call was made by Rev Sarah Nicol, minister of St Cuthbert's Parish... Wed, 01 Jan 2020 07:00:09 +0000 Kirk's Society, Religion and Technology project celebrates 50 years https://churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2019/kirks-society,-religion-and-technology-project-celebrates-50-years https://churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2019/kirks-society,-religion-and-technology-project-celebrates-50-years The Church of Scotland's Society, Religion and Technology (SRT) project is marking its 50th anniversary during 2020, with a line-up of celebratory events to share how far it has come since its inception on 1... Tue, 31 Dec 2019 09:29:12 +0000 Our top 10 stories from 2019 https://churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2019/our-top-10-stories-from-2019 https://churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2019/our-top-10-stories-from-2019 This year has been a memorable one in the life of the Church of Scotland, with three reports accepted at this year's General Assembly that will radically reshape the Kirk at every level over the... Sat, 28 Dec 2019 05:00:09 +0000 Charity worker reflects on 1725 mile ultra pilgrimage https://churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2019/charity-worker-reflects-on-1725-mile-ultra-pilgrimage https://churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2019/charity-worker-reflects-on-1725-mile-ultra-pilgrimage Throughout 2019 Mark Calder ran a total of 1,725 miles spread across 14 ultramarathons, all of which retraced the ancient pilgrimage routes of Scotland and Northern England. Along the way he has raised thousands of... Fri, 27 Dec 2019 06:00:07 +0000 Final Go For It projects announced https://churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2019/final-go-for-it-projects-announced https://churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2019/final-go-for-it-projects-announced The Kirk's Go For It Fund has announced 16 projects which will receive a combined total of £392,000 in the final round of grants. Next year, a new growth fund will be established to expand... Wed, 25 Dec 2019 06:00:08 +0000 A Christmas message from the Moderator https://churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2019/advent-2019/day-25 https://churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2019/advent-2019/day-25 Christmas Day is upon us at last. However you are celebrating today, Rt Rev Colin Sinclair, the Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, shares a message wishing everyone across the Kirk... Tue, 24 Dec 2019 05:30:06 +0000 Advent Day 24: A Christmas Eve prayer by Dana McQuater https://churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2019/advent-2019/day-24 https://churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2019/advent-2019/day-24 To mark the final day of Advent, Dana McQuater, the Moderator of the Kirk's National Youth Assembly, has written this moving prayer. As you prepare for Christmas Day and make your way to your local... Mon, 23 Dec 2019 16:04:42 +0000 Praise for elders as chance meeting in church leads to safe delivery of baby https://churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2019/praise-for-elders-as-chance-meeting-in-church-leads-to-safe-delivery-of-baby https://churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2019/praise-for-elders-as-chance-meeting-in-church-leads-to-safe-delivery-of-baby A mother has thanked two Kirk elders for helping to save her baby's life after a chance meeting in a church. Retired midwife Shona Ferguson and Liann Weir sprang into action when Paula Paterson revealed... Mon, 23 Dec 2019 05:30:05 +0000 Advent Day 23: Knitted angels guide the way at Edinburgh church https://churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2019/advent-2019/day-23 https://churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2019/advent-2019/day-23 A community of knitters at Willowbrae Parish Church in Edinburgh have made colourful angels for those in the local community to take home this Christmas. The knitters, spread out across the local parish area, started... Sun, 22 Dec 2019 05:30:05 +0000 Advent Day 22: Share The Gift https://churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2019/advent-2019/day-22 https://churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2019/advent-2019/day-22 For the 22nd day of Advent, Very Rev Albert Bogle invites everyone to watch his short film: Share The Gift. The film, which is set just before Christmas, was created to show that it is... Sat, 21 Dec 2019 05:30:12 +0000 Advent Day 21: Edinburgh church holds free Christmas dinner for homeless people https://churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2019/advent-2019/day-21 https://churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2019/advent-2019/day-21 An Edinburgh church is hosting a traditional Christmas dinner for 100 homeless people. The free three course feast, which will include turkey, ham or chicken with all the trimmings, is being served up at the... Fri, 20 Dec 2019 15:51:21 +0000 Declaring there is 'no room in the inn' for refugees not an option https://churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2019/declaring-there-is-no-room-in-the-inn-for-refugees-not-an-option https://churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2019/declaring-there-is-no-room-in-the-inn-for-refugees-not-an-option The Church of Scotland is in a strong position to question how refugees and asylum seekers are treated, an expert has said. Dr Sabir Zazai, chief executive officer of the Scottish Refugee Council, said there... Fri, 20 Dec 2019 07:41:14 +0000 Advent Day 20: Joy as new youth centre in Perthshire opens https://churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2019/advent-2019/day-20 https://churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2019/advent-2019/day-20 A new youth centre aimed at bridging the gap between church and community has officially opened in Perthshire. The Breathe Centre in Aberfeldy is described as a safe "home from home" where young people can... Thu, 19 Dec 2019 12:30:06 +0000 'Singin' in the Ring' - livestock mart hosts Christmas carol service https://churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2019/Singing-in-the-Ring-farmers-gather-for-carol-service https://churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2019/Singing-in-the-Ring-farmers-gather-for-carol-service A Christmas carol service for the Angus farming community is being held in a livestock mart later. Around 200 people are expected to gather at Lawrie and Symington in Forfar to celebrate the birth of... Thu, 19 Dec 2019 05:30:11 +0000 Advent Day 19: Minister "revs" up mobile manse https://churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2019/advent-2019/day-19 https://churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2019/advent-2019/day-19 A minister has clocked up thousands of miles travelling around her rural parish in a "mobile manse". Rev Fiona Ogg, who looks after an area that spans 131 square miles of Lochaber in the Highlands,... Thu, 19 Dec 2019 05:00:13 +0000 Kirk Moderator praises life-changing Go For It projects in Fife https://churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2019/kirk-moderator-praises-life-changing-go-for-it-projects-in-fife https://churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2019/kirk-moderator-praises-life-changing-go-for-it-projects-in-fife Rt Rev Colin Sinclair spent a day visiting two projects in Fife which have used Go For It main grants to meet the needs of the local community. The Open Door Project, based at Bennochy... Wed, 18 Dec 2019 16:38:46 +0000 Minister rages against poverty as congregation donates 50 bags of food to primary school https://churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2019/minister-rages-against-poverty-as-congregation-donated-50-bags-of-food-to-primary-school https://churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2019/minister-rages-against-poverty-as-congregation-donated-50-bags-of-food-to-primary-school Big hearted members of a Perth church have donated more than 50 bags of groceries to a primary school. The congregation at Letham St Mark's sprang into action after a teacher turned to them for... Wed, 18 Dec 2019 15:12:24 +0000 Kirk urges Israel to permit Gazan Christians to visit families and holy sites this Christmas https://churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2019/kirk-urges-israel-to-permit-gazan-christians-to-visit-families-and-holy-sites-this-christmas https://churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2019/kirk-urges-israel-to-permit-gazan-christians-to-visit-families-and-holy-sites-this-christmas At this time of year, when Christians from across the world will be looking to, and visiting, Bethlehem and Jerusalem, as they celebrate the birth of Jesus into our world, the Church of Scotland is... Wed, 18 Dec 2019 05:30:12 +0000 Advent Day 18: Hebridean children perform Gaelic version of Silent Night https://churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2019/advent-2019/day-18 https://churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2019/advent-2019/day-18 A group of children from a church project on the Hebridean island of Great Bernera have recorded a Scottish Gaelic version of the popular and well-loved Christmas carol, Silent Night. The group, which meets in... Tue, 17 Dec 2019 15:29:08 +0000 'Andy Murray' stars in Perthshire Nativity scene https://churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2019/andy-murray-stars-in-perthshire-nativity-scene https://churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2019/andy-murray-stars-in-perthshire-nativity-scene A felt antler wearing alpaca named after tennis player Andy Murray was one of the stars of a quirky nativity scene at a Perthshire church. The adorable animal was joined by two pygmy goats wearing... Tue, 17 Dec 2019 05:30:06 +0000 Advent Day 17: Special visitors join a Nativity Sunday Service in the Borders https://churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2019/advent-2019/day-17 https://churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2019/advent-2019/day-17 The Nativity will be brought alive this year with a little help from a special pair of donkeys in the Borders. Smokey and Blue will be joining the congregation for the Nativity Sunday Service at... Mon, 16 Dec 2019 05:30:07 +0000 Advent Day 16: An Advent message from Rome https://churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2019/advent-2019/day-16 https://churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2019/advent-2019/day-16 For the sixteenth day of Advent, Rev Dr Peter McEnhill, the minister at St Andrew's Church of Scotland in Rome, shares an Advent message from Italy, reflecting on Luke's account of Christ's birth. Rome -... Sun, 15 Dec 2019 05:30:07 +0000 Advent Day 15: A reflection on life in the health service during Advent https://churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2019/advent-2019/day-15 https://churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2019/advent-2019/day-15 To mark the fifteenth day of Advent, Mark Evans DCS, the president of the Church of Scotland's Diaconate and Head of Spiritual Care for NHS Fife, offers us this heartfelt reflection on working in the... Sat, 14 Dec 2019 12:00:08 +0000 The Bogle Band and Christian Aid release songs for Advent https://churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2019/new-songs-inspire-faith-this-advent https://churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2019/new-songs-inspire-faith-this-advent Two specially written Christmas songs have been released this December - both with connections to the Church of Scotland. The Bogle band, which features Very Rev Albert Bogle the pioneer minister behind the online ministry... Sat, 14 Dec 2019 05:30:06 +0000 Advent Day 14: Let us bray - Noddy the Donkey stars in live street nativity play https://churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2019/advent-2019/day-14 https://churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2019/advent-2019/day-14 A minister is dressing up in a white tutu with wings and a halo to play the Angel Gabriel in a live nativity play alongside a donkey called Noddy. Rev Elspeth McKay and her four-legged... Fri, 13 Dec 2019 13:00:14 +0000 Medieval Christmas carol service for brewery https://churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2019/medieval-folk-carol-service-in-brewery https://churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2019/medieval-folk-carol-service-in-brewery A Kirk minister and a Scottish Episcopal priest have teamed up with a brewery to host a medieval carol service. Rev Dan Harper and Rev Jo Mulliner hope that the Wassailing celebration of Christmas event,... Fri, 13 Dec 2019 10:29:45 +0000 Church calls for healing after General Election https://churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2019/church-calls-for-healing-after-general-election https://churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2019/church-calls-for-healing-after-general-election The Church of Scotland has issued a call for healing after the General Election saying "it will require considerable grace, generosity and humility on the part of the government to bring the nation together. "Rev... Fri, 13 Dec 2019 05:30:07 +0000 Advent Day 13: Rev Wes Brandon writes about Christmas in his first Church of Scotland charge https://churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2019/advent-2019/day-13 https://churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2019/advent-2019/day-13 Rev Wes Brandon, the minister at Buckie South and West linked with Enzie Church of Scotland, writes about his first Christmas as a Church of Scotland minister since moving from his home state of Tennessee... Thu, 12 Dec 2019 11:12:46 +0000 Dundee parish nurse and social reformer honoured for 'exceptional' work https://churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2019/pioneering-social-reformer-parish-nurse-honoured https://churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2019/pioneering-social-reformer-parish-nurse-honoured A nurse who set up a project at a Dundee church to provide health support to people at risk of homelessness has been honoured for her "pioneering" work. Barbara MacFarlane, who founded the Parish Nursing... Thu, 12 Dec 2019 05:30:06 +0000 Advent Day 12: Congregation take Christmas Day service to a care home https://churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2019/advent-2019/day-12 https://churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2019/advent-2019/day-12 A Renfrewshire church is holding its Christmas Day service in a local care home. It will be the first time that members of Inchinnan Parish Church have taken festivities beyond their own walls. Minister, Rev... Wed, 11 Dec 2019 12:27:29 +0000 Stunning donation from Catholic community to safeguard future of historic Kirk https://churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2019/stunning-donation-from-catholic-community-to-safeguard-future-of-historic-kirk https://churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2019/stunning-donation-from-catholic-community-to-safeguard-future-of-historic-kirk Two Roman Catholic congregations have donated £10,000 to help repair an historic Kirk in the Outer Hebrides. Rev Dr Lindsay Schluter, said the "stunning" act of generosity to safeguard the future of Howmore Church on... Wed, 11 Dec 2019 05:30:07 +0000 Advent Day 11: An Advent message from Richmond's Hope https://churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2019/advent-2019/day-11 https://churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2019/advent-2019/day-11 To mark the eleventh day of Advent, we are highlighting the wonderful work of Richmond's Hope, a charity that provides support for children and young people aged 4-18 years old who have been bereaved. The... Tue, 10 Dec 2019 05:30:06 +0000 Advent Day 10: A reflection on the Tent of Nations by Rev Dr John McCulloch https://churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2019/advent-2019/day-10 https://churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2019/advent-2019/day-10 As the days shorten, and the silvery green olive trees are silhouetted against the incarnadine sky, Christmas lights are going up all around old Bethlehem. But any sense of Advent expectation and hope are overshadowed... Tue, 10 Dec 2019 00:00:10 +0000 Plastic bottle Christmas Tree on display at Ullapool church https://churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2019/Plastic-bottle-Christmas-Tree-on-display-at-Ullapool-church https://churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2019/Plastic-bottle-Christmas-Tree-on-display-at-Ullapool-church A Christmas tree made out of recycled plastic bottles was the star attraction at a Wester Ross church. It was one of 46 on display at Ullapool Church which held its first Christmas Tree festival... Mon, 09 Dec 2019 14:20:52 +0000 Kirk seeks name suggestions for new Growth Fund https://churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2019/kirk-seeks-name-suggestions-for-new-growth-fund https://churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2019/kirk-seeks-name-suggestions-for-new-growth-fund The Church of Scotland is asking for suggestions on what to name the new Growth Fund, which was agreed as part of the radical action plan by the 2019 General Assembly. The fund will seed... Mon, 09 Dec 2019 05:30:07 +0000 Advent Day 9: Exploring Christmas and Advent alongside 400 school children https://churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2019/advent-2019/day-9 https://churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2019/advent-2019/day-9 A church on the outskirts of Glasgow has worked with hundreds of school children to explore the Christmas story. Williamwood Parish Church, near Clarkston, used interactive sessions to help 400 pupils from Carolside Primary School... Sun, 08 Dec 2019 05:30:06 +0000 Advent Day 8: The Heart and Soul Swing Band perform uplifting rendition of Joy To The World https://churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2019/advent-2019/day-8 https://churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2019/advent-2019/day-8 For the eighth day of our Advent calendar, we dropped in on a rehearsal of the fabulous Heart and Soul Swing Band and asked them to perform a swing band rendition of Joy To The... Sat, 07 Dec 2019 05:30:08 +0000 Advent Day 7: The Nativity comes to life in Hamilton https://churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2019/advent-2019/day-7 https://churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2019/advent-2019/day-7 Characters from the Nativity will be bringing some Christmas cheer to events around Hamilton this Advent starting with today's Reindeer Parade in the town centre. Drama Kirk actors, who use theatre to help people to... Fri, 06 Dec 2019 10:15:14 +0000 Crosses planted in church garden for drugs death victims https://churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2019/crosses-planted-in-church-garden-for-drugs-death-victims https://churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2019/crosses-planted-in-church-garden-for-drugs-death-victims Hundreds of wooden crosses for people whose deaths were drugs related are being planted in a church garden today. The memorial at Springburn Parish Church in Glasgow is a stark reminder of the toll that... Fri, 06 Dec 2019 05:30:08 +0000 Advent Day 6: A prayer by Rev Jenny Adams https://churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2019/advent-2019/day-6 https://churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2019/advent-2019/day-6 As we prepare for the coming of God's Son during this season of Advent, Rev Jenny Adams, the minister of Duffus, Spynie and Hopeman Parish Church, has written a prayer on our theme for this... Thu, 05 Dec 2019 05:30:07 +0000 Advent Day 5: The Shoes Brothers present: Come To Save Our Planet https://churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2019/advent-2019/day-5 https://churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2019/advent-2019/day-5 The Shoes Brothers have returned this Advent with a new festive hit - 'Come To Save Our Planet'. Rev Neil Urquhart of Fullarton ConneXions and Father Willie Boyd of St Mary's and St John Ogilvie's,... Wed, 04 Dec 2019 12:00:19 +0000 Minister urges tiny acts of kindness to others https://churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2019/minister-urges-tiny-acts-of-kindness-to-others https://churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2019/minister-urges-tiny-acts-of-kindness-to-others A Highland minister is encouraging people to engage in tiny acts of kindness in the run up to Christmas. Very Rev Dr Susan Brown has launched an online "Reverse Advent Calendar" to try and make... Wed, 04 Dec 2019 05:30:06 +0000 Advent Day 4: Locals flock to Aberdeen kirk's Christmas Sheep Trail https://churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2019/advent-2019/day-4 https://churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2019/advent-2019/day-4 St Columba's Church of Scotland in Aberdeenshire is celebrating Advent by hosting a baa-rilliant sheep trail, where parishioners are invited to look for the shepherds' lost crocheted sheep spread out across the community, keep them... Tue, 03 Dec 2019 05:30:09 +0000 Advent Day 3: Congregation serves up 20,000 toasties for school pupils https://churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2019/advent-2019/day-3 https://churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2019/advent-2019/day-3 Volunteers at an Edinburgh church have served 20,000 toasties to local school pupils. Toastie Tuesday at Liberton Northfield Church attracts around 180 youngsters every week during term time for lunch. For just £1, they can... Mon, 02 Dec 2019 05:30:06 +0000 Advent Day 2: A Christmas service in a surprising place https://churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2019/advent-2019/day-2 https://churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2019/advent-2019/day-2 This Advent a Church of Scotland minister will be out in the community giving a Christmas service with a difference at his local supermarket. Rev Barry Hughes, who since taking up a call to ministry... Sun, 01 Dec 2019 05:30:07 +0000 Advent Day 1: Rt Rev Colin Sinclair introduces Advent https://churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2019/advent-2019/day-1 https://churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2019/advent-2019/day-1 Rt Rev Colin Sinclair, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, invites you to join in with this year's Advent calendar: Joy To The World. God is with us"The sense of expectation... Thu, 28 Nov 2019 07:00:13 +0000 Former Moderator leads Glasgow church service for learning disabilities charity https://churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2019/former-moderator-leads-glasgow-church-service-for-learning-disabilities-charity https://churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2019/former-moderator-leads-glasgow-church-service-for-learning-disabilities-charity Very Rev Dr John Chalmers, former Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, is co-leading a special Advent service at Bearsden New Kilpatrick Church in Glasgow for the Prospects Across Scotland charity... Thu, 28 Nov 2019 04:45:07 +0000 Former asylum seeker ordained as Kirk minister https://churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2019/former-asylum-seeker-ordained-as-kirk-minister https://churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2019/former-asylum-seeker-ordained-as-kirk-minister A former asylum seeker who escaped the clutches of Islamic extremists is being ordained as a Church of Scotland minister today. Raheel Arif is being inducted into Denny Old Parish Church linked with Haggs Parish... Wed, 27 Nov 2019 13:18:10 +0000 Scottish church leaders urge truthfulness in political debate https://churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2019/scottish-church-leaders-urge-truthfulness-in-political-debate https://churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2019/scottish-church-leaders-urge-truthfulness-in-political-debate Ten Scottish church leaders have joined together in calling for a respectful tone in the ongoing political debate - that recognises the human value in all people. As campaigning enters the final three weeks before... Mon, 25 Nov 2019 12:09:05 +0000 Spread Joy to the World this Advent season https://churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2019/spread-joy-to-the-world-this-advent-season https://churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2019/spread-joy-to-the-world-this-advent-season The countdown starts as this year's Advent season begins on Sunday 1 December, running until Tuesday 24 December. This year, people from across the Church of Scotland are joining together to spread Joy to the...