Top stories of the year

Bob Mallinson
Rev Bob Mallinson’s Time for Reflection to MSP’s in the Scottish Parliament was one of the most popular stories of the year.

We have compiled our Top Ten lists of our most popular stories on the Church website, Facebook and Twitter channels according to audience reach over recent months. Some of the results are surprising! The different time periods are due to the different reporting tools for each channel.

Here are our top 10 news stories on the Church website over the last 12 months:

  1. Church reacts to decision to leave European Union
  2. Sturgeon leads tributes to popular minister who has died
  3. Church pays tribute to former Moderator the Very Rev Dr Sandy McDonald
  4. New Church favours Community Meals over Food Banks
  5. MSPs told Jesus Christ transforms lives
  6. General Assembly allows ministers and deacons in same-sex marriages
  7. Church organist becomes global internet sensation with David Bowie tribute
  8. New minister says role the “most fulfilling" he has ever had
  9. Historic ecumenical agreement with Church of England approved
  10. New research reveals Britain's Christian community considerably larger than expected

Our top 10 Facebook stories from the past 6 months:

  1. New Church favours Community Meals over Food Banks
  2. Jane Haining’s will discovery
  3. National Youth Assembly Moderator Andrew MacPherson is urging men to start talking about their emotions
  4. Rev Mary Ann Rennie and Rev Monika Redman presided over an information stand at the Glen Wedding Show at the Glen Pavilion in Dunfermline
  5. Army Chaplain has revealed he was given just 24-hours’ notice before being deployed on his first operational tour of duty in Ebola stricken Sierra Leone
  6. Minister found for Barra after eight-year search - The Oban Times
  7. 7 November daily reflection
  8. War Ledger
  9. MSPs told Jesus Christ transforms lives
  10. 11 November daily reflection

Our top 10 most popular tweets from the past 3 months

  1. Ruth Davidson and Kezia Dugdale praise longest serving woman parish minister
  2. It's indefensible for the government to cut family benefits knowing it will hit children hardest.
  3. 499 years today since Martin Luther's 95theses marked the start of the Protestant Reformation. Next year's the big one!
  4. Fresh insight into incredible story of Holocaust hero who sheltered Jews, Jane Haining
  5. Poignant cast iron shoes line the Danube In memory of the Jews who were shot here
  6. Kirk calls for parliament vote on Brexit terms - not doing so would be "deeply inconsistent" with democracy
  7. Glasgow welcomes new pioneer minister for the visual arts Glasgow
  8. .@churchmoderator deeply shocked by Rangers fan bus crash - thoughts and prayers with everyone affected by tragedy
  9. REVEALED - will & unpublished photographs of Kirk Holocaust heroine Jane Haining Auschwitz
  10. New archive on Missionary Jane Haining, Scot killed for protecting Jewish girls. Died Auschwitz 1944 Holocaust