Life and Work

Life and Work is the magazine of the Church of Scotland. In a history spanning over 140 years, it has established itself as the voice of the Church of Scotland.

Though firmly rooted in the affairs of the Kirk, it also aims to cover a broad range of subjects of interest to church-goers across the spectrum, from international affairs and British political and social issues to science, ethics, and the arts.

Each monthly issue includes a forum for views on current social and moral issues; a monthly meditation and regular articles on the spiritual side of life; reviews of the latest books, videos, and Christian resources; and regular features on the Church worldwide.

Our subscription service offers you the convenience of having Life and Work magazine delivered direct to your door or any digital device; you can also arrange a gift subscription. Free Gaelic supplements are also available.

Visit the Life and Work website for regular news and exclusive features, including weekly Coronavirus Diaries from Church of Scotland partners around the world. Find us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

During this challenging period, Life and Work is committed to helping keep our Christian community connected. The magazine continues to be published and distributed to our loyal readers. If you need to contact our team, please email editorial enquiries to or all other enquiries to

Current issue: December 2021

Life and Work December 2021 cover
Christmas 2021
‘A Wonderful Gift’: How Church of Scotland ministers keep the eternal message of Christmas fresh again and again
The Moderator considers the message of Christmas carols
The Very Rev Albert Bogle reflects on the bitter-sweetness of a changing Christmas
Nativity in Lockdown: Young Members of Ayr: St James look back on last year’s ‘Bubble Nativity’
A new carol for Christian Aid
Our Man on Mars
Jackie Macadam learns about a new book by an East Lothian elder, imagining the first chaplaincy to Mars
Honouring God’s Name
In the second part of his study of the Lord’s Prayer, the Rev David Searle considers the importance of ‘Hallowed be thy name’
The Core Elements
The Very Rev Dr John Chalmers explains why kindness – and the counselling and support of CrossReach – are needed now more than ever
A Biblical Connection
John R Hume outlines the history of a Glasgow church overlooking the Clyde

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One of the magazine's most important elements is reader feedback. Our letters pages are among the liveliest in the magazine business, and are very revealing about general attitudes both within and beyond the Church. We actively encourage letters, but do ask that they are kept succinct (and not without humour), so we can publish as many as possible.

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