Church in the News: 1 May, 2017

Queen appoints minister as new chaplain

Rev George Cowie of South Holburn Church, Aberdeen has joined her Majesty’s Household as a Chaplain-in-Ordinary.

The prestigious role dates back to the 15th century and is today largely a ceremonial honour with chaplains taking part in formal state occasions and conducting services at significant national events.

Mr Cowie, who has been a parish minister for 26 years, said: “I felt surprised, humbled and honoured to be offered this appointment as a Chaplain to the Queen in Scotland.”

The story was published in the Press & Journal, The Aberdeen Evening Express, The Scotsman, Premier, The Daily Record, and The Courier.

First wedding held at new Glasgow church

George Hay and Linda Robertson tied the knot at Castlemilk Parish Church in front of friends and family.

It was particularly fitting that they were the first couple to get married in the building because it was officially opened by the new Mrs Hay's son, Kevin, at a special ceremony last September.

The 12-year-old cut the ribbon in a move that heralded the beginning of a new journey for the merged congregations of Castlemilk East and West churches.

The Glasgow Evening Times covered the story and you can read about it on our own website.

Sunday Times article

A recentSunday Times article looked at the finances of the Church of Scotland, with a particular focus on the deficit of CrossReach. The article also took into account Church of Scotland pension funds.

However, although CrossReach is selling three care homes due to a deficit, the article acknowledges a warning from a public spending watchdog, the Accounts Commission, which states "current approaches to providing care are not sustainable," and therefore CrossReach should be considered in the wider context of an industry which is struggling to meet the costs of care in the UK.

On the subject of pensions a Church spokesman said of the situation: "we feel it is a positive one and the trustees have assessed the covenant of the church as 'strong' which is the second highest of a six-point rating scale. Taken together, the totality of the six church pension schemes show a deficit... However, agreements have been reached between employer and pension trustees for additional funding to reduce this deficit to zero."

The Courier has also written a much shorter article on the subject.

Ordination and induction in Jersey

Rev Graham Glover will be both ordained and inducted into his first chargethis week at St Columba's church in St Helier, Jersey. Mr Glover has previously worked as a humanitarian aid worker in Iraq and Afghanistan. The church in Jersey has been a vacant charge since early 2016.

BBC Radio Jersey covered the story.