Church in the news

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

Thursday 12 March, 2015

Rt Rev John Chalmers started off a week-long visit to Inverclyde by visiting ship Ferguson's, which was saved from closure last year by Clyde Blowers.

He said he was struck by the parallels between the shipbuilding industry and the church.

There is an obituary in the Guardian for former missionary with the Church of Scotland in Madras (now Chennai) Rev Murdoch MacKenzie.

Wednesday 11 March, 2015

Andrew Nicoll explains that being a Sun journalist doesn't mean you can't be a Christian. Read his piece on the Church of Scotland website:

The new minister in South Harris says he is excited at the prospect of preaching in one of the remotest corners of Scotland, which includes the uninhabited St Kilda archipelago.

Tuesday 10 March, 2015

Historic hand-wound clocks at landmark buildings such as the Tron Kirk and St Giles' Cathedral are to be made automatic and operated by laptop in a bid to save the Capital thousands of pounds every year.

You can read a daily Lent reflection on the Church website. Today it's Rev Grant Barclay reflecting on the sanctity of our maternity care.

Monday 9 March, 2015

It has been a busy weekend for the Church of Scotland on radio and television with the Very Reverend Dr Lorna Hood on Songs of Praise and the Right Reverend John Chalmers, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland appearing on the BBC Sunday Morning with Cathy Macdonald, and Kay Slater on the BBC Shereen Show.

The Very Reverend Lorna Hood in Songs of Praise on International Women's Day, March 8, and reflects on her time as Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland. The piece which starts at 10:36 into the programme is available until April 7.

The Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, the Right Reverend John Chalmers talks frankly about his life in a revealing interview on Radio Scotland's 'Sunday with Cathy Macdonald.' The interview which starts 8 minutes in is available until April 8.

Listen to Kay Slater talk about her involvement and life in the Church of Scotland in an extended interview with Shereen Nanjiani on BBC Radio Scotland

The Herald covers WEvolution a charity which helps women in Scotland's most deprived areas start their own businesses is to double in size. The charity which has 15 groups set up across Glasgow, Inverclyde, Edinburgh and Dundee, has also received £200,000 from the Church of Scotland to offer finance to the women in the form of interest free loans up to £2,000.

WEvolution is also covered on WiredGov the UK's No1 government and public sector news alerting service.

Part of fire-damaged West Church in Hatton, Aberdeenshire, is to be pulled down a month after a blaze ravaged the former church. Aberdeenshire Council have announced the demolition of the bell tower and gable wall will begin today, March 9.

The Manse at Culross is available for let. A Church of Scotland spokesman said the church encourages vacant charges to let out manses until a minster is called to the parish.