Church in the news

The latest news on The Church of Scotland's work, events and activities from external media outlets.

Thursday 9 June, 2016

"In our part of the world everyone was in the BB" writes John McLellan's in today's edition of The Herald. The article takes a nostalgic look at being part of a Glasgow Boys' Brigade company in the 1970's.

As part of an interview with Scotland's female political party leaders in the Holyrood Magazine, Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson names the Very Rev Lorna Hood as an inspirational female figure. Davidson explains "she is a woman of deep integrity, who cares not only about the institution she represents but about wider Scotland too".

Yesterday's Daily Record featured a group from Kinross Parish Church, who have become the most successful sellers of 'Traidcraft' goods in Scotland, having sold £16,133 worth of goods in the last year. Traidcraft products are guranteed to have been ethically produced.

Wednesday 8 June, 2016

There has been a lot of local news coverage of the Council's vote on Sunday parking charges in Edinburgh. Churches across denominations are challenging the proposals. You can see the Rev Dr Richard Frazer interviewed by STV about the impact this could have on churches (note you will need a log in) at 2"11'.

The Scotsman also reported the story yesterday, with the Rev George Whyte, Presbytery Clerk of Edinburgh, speaking of his concern for congregations

The same story appeared in the Edinburgh Evening News

The Courier covers the annual Aberfeldy Mod, which will be taking place this weekend at Breadalbane Community Campus. Celebrations will include a 'Gaelic Songs of Praise' at Weem Parish Church, which will be conducted by the Rev Matthew Robertson. Aberfeldy Gaelic Choir will also be supporting the event.

Church congregations uniting in Peterhead will hold a special service of union this Friday, reports the Buchan Observer. The new congregation will be called Peterhead New Parish Church and will be formed from Peterhead Old Parish and Trinity Churches.

The Press & Journal reports on the words of Lord Forsyth, who last night took part in a debate on the EU Referendum held in St Columba's Church, London. The Conservative peer and former Scottish Secretary described the EU as a "bear trap" and suggested the UK needs to leave before it "bleeds to death".

Don't forget you can still sign the petition 'Sell the yachts and pay the pensions'started by Lin Macmillan, who is campaigning on behalf of BHS staff. Lin appeared on Radio 5 this evening to talk about the campaign.

Tuesday 7 June, 2016

The Rev Shuna Dicks is travelling to the Greek island of Chios to spend a week helping refugees. Ms Dicks has been campaigning for refugees for over six years and helped to establish the group 'Moray Supports Refugees', a group she is still regularly involved with. The story appears in The Press & Journal.

ThePress & Journal goes on to report that a group of Travellers have arrived at Glebe Park in Drumoak, Aberdeenshire. The popular playing field and park is run by Aberdeenshire Council, but is owned by the Church of Scotland.

The Press & Journal also has an article on an EU debate being held tonight at St Columba's Church in London. The debate will be chaired by broadcaster Alastair Stewart and include four politicians who will debate for and against 'Brexit'.

Princess Anne has been attending a service at Glasgow Cathedral today marking the centenary of Erskine, a Scottish charity dedicated to helping veterans. This has been reported in The Glasgow Evening Times and the Paisley Daily Express. The service was conducted by the Rev Dr Laurence Whitley, minister at Glasgow Cathedral, and the address was given by the Rev Jonathan Fleming of Erskine Parish Church.

In addition to his two page spread in the Edinburgh Evening News yesterday, Rt Rev Russell Barr was awarded the 'Quote of the Day' in the same newspaper for the following:

"One of the things I have learned is that being homeless is often a stage in someone's life – a very difficult stage – but with the proper support most people are able to make a new life for themselves."

Friday 3 June, 2016


Faith groups in Edinburgh have been protesting Edinburgh Council's plan to introduce parking fees on Sundays. After discussions the group thought a compromise had been reached that would restrict the fees to an afternoon session, but now council minutes show that morning charges remain on the table. The matter will be discussed on Tuesday 7 and a large crowd is expected to turn out and make their feelings known. The story has been covered by:

The Daily Mail (p19)

The Evening News

The Evening News also quotes Rev George Whyte in their Quote of the Day section on p2 saying:

"Our congregations see a bleak future for themselves if this goes ahead. Churches will close and what they do will be lost. There's a genuine fear the council are blundering into this without understanding what will happen."

Premier Christian news

The Herald

The 'Take a Pew' conversation outside the Scottish Parliament, which included Very Rev Dr Lorna Hood and Ruth Davidson MSP, continues to get press attention in:

The Evening News

Third Force News reports on Rt Rev Dr Russell Barr and his comments on homelessness in Scotland. (p10)

Church Action on Poverty writes that Church leaders "have issued a call to action for all the UK's churches echoing Pope Francis' wish to see 'a poor church, for the poor'". The story quotes Church and Society secretary Martin Johnstone saying: "Priority for the poorest and the most marginalised is the gospel imperative facing the whole Church, not just the Church in the poorest places."

The Courierreports on Perthshire minister Rev Marc Bircham, minister of St Madoes and Kinfauns Parish Church, who is taking on challenges from Facebook donors to raise funds for a church and community hub. The minister will be travelling around Scotland, visiting landmarks and completing a series of physical challenges, bizarre tasks and random acts of kindness along the way.

Here's our own story about Rev Marc Bircham's Facebook challenge.