Church in the news

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

Wednesday 20 April, 2016

The Dundee Evening Telegraph reports that a minister has spoken out against allowing outdoor drinking at a bowling club in Dundee.

"Rev Marion Paton, of St David's High Kirk, claims people using the club 'are often inconsiderate and sometimes downright dangerous in the way that they park', adding: 'They can also be quite unpleasant to local residents.' She also claims that 'quite clearly some are not fit to drive either'. More than a dozen other objectors have sent nearly 30 pages worth of letters to the licensing board."(Print p2)

The Press and Journal reports that a man was jailed for abusive behaviour in a church.

'"A 64-year-old Inverness man was jailed for five months yesterday for shouting, swearing and uttering threats towards people in a church…Defence solicitor John McCall said that his client's behaviour had spiralled out of control since a family tragedy which happened eight years ago, adding: "This offence here was very unpleasant. The church was running a drop-in centre and Mr Maciver entered drunk and acted in a way he should not have done.'"

The Cumberland News reports that All Churches Together are using a resource to help Christians decide on the EU Referendum called Think, Pray, Vote. (Print p14)

The Glasgow Evening Timesreports on the launch of an anti-extremist campaign in response to the killing of Glasgow shopkeeper Asad Shah.

TheEdinburgh Evening News also reported on the story.

The right-wingUS blog Breitbart and the website 'Before its News' also picked up the story with both focusing on the absence of Muslim leaders at the campaign launch.

The Evening News published a column by Rev Gayle Taylor, a school chaplain and associate minister at Colinton Parish Church, on the emotional impact of the Edinburgh school closures on pupils.

Tuesday 19 April, 2016

Several titles including The Guardian reported on the launch of an anti-extremism campaign in respnse to the death of Glasgow shopkeeper Asad Shah. Mr Shah was a member of the Ahmadi Islamic sect, whose members face persecution in Pakistan and other countries because Ahmadis do not share the belief of other Muslim groups that Mohammed was the final prophet. Rev Roy Henderson a Church of Scotland minister from Pollokshaws attended the launch along with representatives from Glasgow's Catholic, Sikh, Mormon and Jewish communities, as well as politicians and the Lord Provost. Muslim leaders did not attend.

The Guardian.

Metro (print p9)

The Herald. (print p10)

The Scotsman.

Evening Times.

The Northern Scot reports on the Moderator's forthcoming visit to Moray.

"Moderator of the Presbytery in Moray, Margaret King, said that everyone was greatly looking forward to the visit. She said: "Moray will be the last of his Presbytery visits before he hands over to his successor on May 20, and needless to say, we think he has left the best till last!

"Long-serving members of many churches will be encouraged when they receive certificates from Dr Morrison, recognising their service, at various places during his stay.

"We were also glad to respond to his request to preach in smaller churches, and have included Dallas and Findochty, and what may be a first for him, the Church for the Deaf. Their members will gather from Aberdeen and Elgin to worship in Bellie Church Hall, Fochabers, for this occasion."

Paul Morrison of the Joint Public Issues Team has a column in the Methodist Recorder entitled Welfare reform after IDS. (print p7)

The Press and Journal has published an obituary for Alan Pennie a Church member who was instrumental in founding the St Peter's Heritage Centre in Culter after St Peter's Church closed.

Rev John Ferguson minister of Peterculter Church said: "The church and our village owes a tremendous debt of gratitude to Allan Pennie, and we will never forget him, because we have the heritage centre as his legacy to this community." (Print p26)

Monday 18 April, 2016

The Moderator's statement on the sinking of the Louisa and the loss of three of its crew was widely reported many highlighting the personal loss to the Moderator since Chris Morrison, a crew member, was the grandson of Dr Morrison's cousin. Among those carryng the story were:

The Express (print p23 )

The Herald.

The Scotsman.

The Daily Record.

The Courier.

Stornoway Gazette

BBC online

STV online

BBC Radio Scotland news bulletins and local radio stations across the country.

The National reported on the latest foodbank use figures from the Trussell Trust, quoting the Rev Sally Foster-Fulton.

"The charity network provided three-day supply packs for almost 133,730 people across Scotland in 2015-16, marking a new record. The total includes more than 43,960 children and comes as overall UK referrals broke the 1.1 million barrier.

"According to research by the Trussell Trust and Hull University, reliance on food banks was highest in areas with large numbers of people in manual skilled work, or residents with health problems or disabilities that prevent them from working....

"Reverend Sally Foster-Fulton, convener of the Church of Scotland's Church and Society Council, said: "The latest figures on food bank use paint a worrying picture for Scotland. Throughout the country church congregations, faith groups and other volunteers are stepping in to help as the welfare state is falling short of people's needs. To think what the situation would be without such volunteers does not bare considering.

"Our desire to meet the need we see before us must be matched by a desire for a world in which food banks are consigned to the history books."

The Herald ran a historical feature on a document that looks at the 'Disruption of 1843' when the Church of Scotland split and the Free Church was created.

BBC Scotland's Sunday Politics show broadcast a profile of Tory leader Ruth Davidson, that mentioned she is a member of The Church of Scotland. (56:30)

BBC Radio 4's Sunday morning programme broadcast a segment on the social attitudes report that looked at declining congregation numbers. Rev Colin Sinclair spoke about the Church has changed and adapted to reach out to people in a more secular society. (10:00)

The Northern Scotreports on the generosity of contributors to a knitting appeal, organised by Moray West Presbyterial Council of the Church of Scotland Guild, that is sending money and knitted baby clothes and other items to poverty stricken areas of Malawi and Kenya.

Thursday 14 April, 2016

The Press and Journal published a story and video of the funeral of Brian McKandie at Auchterless Church. Mr Mckandie was found murdered in his home near Rothienorman in Aberdeenshire a month ago. His brother William has appealed for anyone with information to come forward.

The Cumbernauld News reports that Cumbernauld couple Jim and Ann McQuire were remembered along with 28 other victims of the Tunisia terror attack at a special service in Westminster Abbey. (print p10)

The Press and Journal also reports on the induction of Rev Richard Baxter to Duncansburgh MacIntosh Church in Fort William and Kilmonivaig Church in Spean Bridge. Both Lochaber congregations have been without a minister for four years. Mr Baxter previously served as minister at Kennoway, Windygates and Balgonie in Fife. (print p3)

Life and Work reports on the Moderators visit to Portugal where he preached at St Andrew's Lisbon as part of the Church of Portugal's 150th anniversary celebration.