Church in the news

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

Tuesday 13 January, 2015

A congregation in Falkirk will launch a £2 million fund raising bid as members take forward plans to build a new church.

A minister has criticised plans to cut registration services that would leave some bereaved people facing a day-long round trip to register a loved one's death.

Rev Bryan Kerr, depute clerk of the Church of Scotland's Lanark Presbytery, said he is to raise the issue of axing registry office time across Scotland under local authority budget cuts with the Registrar General of Scotland George Mackenzie. The Herald

Going to see family and friends in prison can be a daunting task but a unique idea, launched today, driven by Church of Scotland support workers at HMP Polmont Young Offenders Institution using a bus as a family and visitors' centre aims to make it easier. A feature on this innovation can be heard on BBC Radio Scotland's Good Morning Scotland (1.19) and a bulletin at (1.30).

Monday 12 January, 2015

The Moderator of the General Assembly signed a joint letter to Secretary of State for Work and Pensions Iain Duncan Smith on the roll-out of Universal Credit in Scotland, co-ordinated by the Scottish Federation of Housing Association's Mary Taylor. You can read the letter in full here: It was also covered in The Herald (paywall)

Church leaders will urge parishioners to revolt against plans to scrap free Sunday parking in Edinburgh amid claims the move will decimate

congregations, the Edinburgh Evening News claims:

Friday 9 January, 2015

Prayers will be said at the Scots Kirk in Paris this weekend for those murdered in the attacks in the city, their families, and others left injured and frightened by the atrocity and the ongoing events. Rev Jim Cowie,minister at the Scots Kirk for the last four years, will lead the congregation in offering prayerful support for those affected and that peace and tolerance may prevail. He appeared on BBC Radio Scotland's News drive yesterday to describe the impact of the attacks on the city:

The Church of Scotland has offered its support to the following statement from the Edinburgh Interfaith Association in response to the attacks:

Selkirk war veteran, the Reverend Bill Laing, died last weekend, just a month after Russia awarded him the Ushakov Medal for bravery in defending Arctic convoys during the Second World War.

Thursday 8 January, 2015

The voting outcome within Presbyteries on the Overture for allowing Kirk Sessions the possibility of allowing ministers and deacons who are in a civil partnership to apply for vacant charges is across the media today. Church Offices are seeking confirmation of the Locharron-Skye 12-2 vote in favour which is understood to be incorrect. The Daily Record:, The Herald, BBC Online, Stornoway Gazette, STV News

Rev David Fergusson, Professor of divinity and principal of New College, University of Edinburgh, has written a letter for the Times Higher Education supplement in response to a letter proposing that the privileging of Church of Scotland candidates training for ministry in the Scottish universities should end.