Church in the news

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

Tuesday 26 April, 2016

BBC Radio Scotland's Newsdrive and BBC TV's Reporting Scotland programmes broadcast a short clip on the Church's plan to hire a new pioneer minister for Glasgow's Art Community. TV segment is only available until 10:45 tonight. (10:35)

The story also appeared in:

The Times (print p7)

The Herald.

The Press and Journal carries a column by Rev Ron Ferguson, who looks at the life of Helen Steven, a campaigner against weapons of mass destruction and for peace and justice, who spent time in prison for civil disobedience after protesting nuclear weapons at Faslane. Her activism sprang from her upbringing as an evangelical Christian in the Church of Scotland, says Ron who knew Helen from their mutual work with the Iona Community. (print p24)

Monday 25 April, 2016

The Daily Telegraph published a photo of the Royal Regiment who marked its first decade with a march along the Royal Mile followed by a service at Canongate Kirk. (print p15)

The Kincardineshire Observer and the Mearns Leader report on the future of Johnshaven Church, which the congregation has put up for sale. A pending sale is dependent on planning permission, which the local community council has opposed because it woud add seven parking spaces. Current members of the congregation plan to relocate to St Cyrus.

The recruitment of a pioneer minister to serve Glasgow's Arts community was featured in The Herald. (print p3) The paper went forward with the story earlier than envisaged, and there were some errors including a photo misidentified as Iain Campbell in the print version.

Nevertheless, the tone of the coverage was positive and they added an editorial that praised the Church's initiative.

"In some ways, it is a surprise that it has taken this long to come up with the idea, as churches and religion have always inspired and supported great art, and the new arts minister will build on some of the creative work that is already underway in Glasgow churches. But it is a welcome development nonetheless."

The Evening Times also carried the story with the correct photo of Iain Campbell. (print p10)

The Edinburgh Reporterreports that Canongate Kirk will host a fundraiser for the Church of Scotland's Nepal earthquake recovery campaign: Let us Build a House, on Saturday 30 April 10am-noon.

The Courier published a photo of Christian Aid Supporters from Kirkliston Church walking across the Forth Road Bridge in a fundraiser for Bangladesh communities affected by flooding. (print p7)

Friday 22 April, 2016

National and local newspapers published stories about the new minister appointed in Skye. Rev Janet Easton-Berry will lead the charge of Bracadale and Duirinish on the north and west of the island which has been vacant for the last 18 months. She is Skye's first woman minister. The story was published in dozens of papers including:

The Herald.

The Scotsman

The Daily Mail (p39)

Metro (p11)

The Courier (p20)

The National (p9)

Evening Times (p2)

BBC Online

The Scotsman picked up on yesterday's Courier's story reporting that Stanley Parish Church has been closed because of storm damage and the discovery that the building needs repairs costing £1.5 million to be safe for use in the longer term. (print p11)

Dozens of newspapers across Scotland also published congratulations and memories from the Moderator and former Moderators to mark HM the Queen's 90th birthday. Here are some examples:


BBC online

Arbroath Herald

East Lothian News

Evening Times

Stornoway Gazette

Very Rev David Arnott gave this interview to United Christian Broadcasting

STV News interviewed Professor Iain Torrance Dean of the Chapel Royal (5:42)

The Forres Gazette reports on a meeting to be held on 29 April to discuss the future of Dyke Parish Church which has experienced a fall in congregation numbers at Church services.

Church elder Alison Rodgers told the paper: "If the church is to be sustainable and at the hub of the community, we need to make sure it serves that community now and in the future."

Thursday 21 April, 2016

The Moderator's message of congratulations to the Queen on her 90th birthday was covered across the media.

STV interviewed Professor Ian Torrance, Dean of the Chapel Royal this morning which you can view tonight somewhere between 6-6:30 pm.

The Telegraph (print p7)

The Scotsman.

The Herald (print p11)

The Press and Journal (print p20)

Paisley Daily Express (print p10)

BBC online.

See the full statement on our own website.

Read what some former Moderators have to say about Her Majesty.

The Press and Journal report on Skye's first woman minister Rev Janet Easton-Berry who has had a storied career including time working in a Safari park in her native South Africa. (print p10)

Read our own story about Skye's new minister here.

The Courier reports on the closure of Stanley Parish Church, which was badly damaged in Storm Frank. After a survey the Kirk session found that the Church's stonework was so badly damaged that it would take £500,000 just to make it safe for the moment and £1.5 million to keep it in use for 20 years. The paper reports on the sadness of community members who have worshipped in the Church for their entire lives. The congregation is now meeting in Stanley Village Hall. (print p2)

The Airdrie and Coatbridge Advertiser reports that Airdrie foodbank, run by Calderbank Parish Church in collaboration with other churches, has seen an increase in demand for emergency supplies. (print p11)

The Largs and Millport News report on a fundraiser for Malawi, that will be held tonight to help raise funds for seeds to help with food production for the coming year. Malawi farmers have suffered from crop failure this year and the country remains one of the poorest in Africa.

"A concert will take place in the Dunn Memorial Hall on Thursday 21 April from 7 to 9pm – entertainment will be by St. John's Church Choir."