Church in the News: 16 May, 2017
News highlights Tuesday 9 May - Tuesday 16 May
Scotland's oldest man honoured
The Kirk has honoured the UK’s oldest man with a prestigious lifetime of service award.
109-year-old Alfred Smith, from the village of St Madoes in Perthshire, has been a member of the Church of Scotland since 1945 and an Elder since 1967.
Moderator of the General Assembly Rt Rev Russell Barr visited Mr Smith at home in the Carse of Gowrie to present the unique award on behalf of Scotland’s national church. While it is a regular occurrence to present a 'certificate of long service' to members of the Church, it is extremely rare a Moderator of the General Assembly makes a personal visit to present it.
The event was picked up across the UK media including:
i, The Telegraph, Sunday Times, The Courier, The Scotsman, The Herald, Daily Record, The National, The Daily Mail and around 130 local and regional newspapers
The story was also picked up by BBC Radio Scotland , TalkSport, Heart Scotland and Central FM.
Syrian minister denied General Assembly visa
Rev Ian Alexander spoke on BBC Radio Scotland about the issue.
Rev Ian May's community bank still attracting attention
Rev Ian May appeared on STV speaking about how he went from a high-flying banking career to becoming a minister. He speaks about how a community bank he has set up has been taking on payday loans.
Premier also wrote an article on Mr May.
Church supports anti-smacking ban
The Kirk's stance has been widely publicised in The Herald, The Sunday Post, The Scotsman, Press & Journal,The National, AOL, The Courier, Daily Mail, Daily Record, The Herald and around 30 local newspapers.
Rev Dr Richard spoke about the issue on BBC Radio Scotland.