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Charles Kennedy

Moderator expresses sadness at death of Charles Kennedy

Charles Kennedy:His down-to-earth humanity ensured that he was held in affection by people of all political persuasions, and none.

Rt Rev Dr Angus Morrison

Moderator reflects on the General Assembly

Rt Rev Dr Angus Morrison brings away grace, friendliness, passion and a spirit of hope for the future.

Bo'Ness Tuesday Club

Churches inspirational dementia projects improve lives

From art clubs to drop-in centres, churches are taking the lead in efforts to support people with dementia and their carers.

Called to the Kirk? Three ministers tell all.

A BBC Scotland broadcast showcases three new ministers and the Tomorrow's Calling campaign.

CrossReach 2015

CrossReach carers recognised for outstanding service

The CrossReach annual Service of Celebration recognises staff members for long service and for achieving qualifications as well as honouring exceptional employees and volunteers.

The Aidan Project

Edinburgh churches host big tent get together

Six different churches are collaborating to bring six fun-packed days of activities for all ages to Edinburgh this summer.

Rev Peter Nimmo

Ministers form new links on social media

Ministers are getting creative with technology and social media to offer new ways to find out about the Church.

CrossReach urges congregations to share expertise in caring for their communities

CrossReach, the Church's Social Care Council, is calling on congregations to take part in a survey on its new Social Care Forum website to get a true picture of the care the Church provides across Scotland.

Rev Mary Whittaker and Scott the dog

Meet Scott the signing dog the ears of the Kirk’s first deaf minister

Rev Mary Whittaker calls for more deaf ministers who can sign to deaf congregations in their own language

General Assembly

Church sends decision on same sex marriage to presbyteries

The General Assembly has taken the first step to extend the provision covering ministers in same sex civil partnerships to those in same sex marriages.

Rev Stella Campbell

Church to explore increased training grants

The Church of Scotland will take steps to provide more financial support for trainee ministers. The General Assembly voted in favour of the plan as part of a discussion of the Ministries Council report.

Heart and Soul 2015

‘Tomorrow’s Calling’ being heard loud and clear

Ministries council team overjoyed at reception for new video promoting parish ministry

Hannah-Mary Goodlad

Church welcomes moratorium on fracking

The General Assembly today welcomes the announcement of a moratorium on fracking

Sally Foster Fulton

Assembly hears growing social inequality demands urgent tax reform

Church and Society Council convener Rev Sally Foster-Fulton calls for urgent reforms to reduce poverty and inequality.

Rev Ram Kumar Budhathoki  with Rev Ibrahim Nseir

Nepalese and Syrian ‘ambassadors’ appeal for support

A minister from Aleppo in Syria has made an impassioned plea for the world to focus on the war raging in his country and on the persecution of Christians

Heart and Soul celebration 2015

Church celebrates at Heart and Soul

Princes Street Gardens buzzed on Sunday afternoon with the atmosphere of the Church of Scotland's popular Heart and Soul event, now in its fifth year.

Very Rev John Chalmers

Outgoing Moderator calls for unity

Outgoing Moderator Very Rev John Chalmers has used his final address to urge Church members to unite and work together in harmony to fulfil the mission of the Church.

General Assembly 2015 starts tomorrow

The Church of Scotland's General Assembly begins tomorrow with the installation of the Moderator Rev Dr Angus Morrison, who was forced to withdraw last year after being diagnosed with prostate cancer. Now fully recovered, one of the Moderator's first tasks will be to chair an historic vote on the ordination of ministers in same sex civil partnerships.

Very Rev David Arnott

And now for the Good News...

A new publication featuring some of the successes and good work of the Church and its members is coming to parishes around Scotland.

Moderators with banner on summit

Church responds with huge generosity to Nepal’s plight through Munro Challenge support

A stream of generous donations will support relief work in Nepal