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Ring the bells at one of the Kirk’s hidden gems for Doors Open Weekend

Visitors to St Cuthbert's Parish Church in Edinburgh's West End have a rare opportunity to try their hand at bell ringing this weekend.

We must all support people who are dealing with dementia says Allan Logan

At CrossReach, we support people across Scotland who are dealing with the effects of dementia. Since opening Scotland's first specialist care home for people with dementia in 1983 – Williamwood House in Glasgow - we have seen huge changes in the way society relates to the condition.

£500,000 available to fund change in church and community

The Go For It Fund's bi-annual Main and Continuation Grant application deadline is this Friday, September 26. Around £500,000 is available for projects to apply for grants averaging £15,000 per year. These will be projects who want to make a difference in their community, in response to locally identified needs. Hurry – you have until 5pm on Friday 26 September to complete the two stage process: Initial Proposal, then Application Form.

Moderator calls for unity following referendum

The Moderator of the General Assembly is calling for unity among the Scottish people following the record 84.6% turnout in the referendum vote.

Church of Scotland holds referendum service of unity

Political figures from both sides of the Scottish independence debate gathered at St Giles Cathedral in Edinburgh for a special church service to promote unity in the wake of the referendum.

Details on service of unity at St Giles announced

The Church of Scotland's post referendum service of unity and common purpose at St Giles' Cathedral in Edinburgh on Sunday, 21 September at 11.30am is open to the public.

Pray for peace in the Middle East

We are joining with Christians around the world to pray for peace in the Middle East on the 24th of each month.

Church of Scotland urges voters to display unity on polling day whichever way they intend to vote

The Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland is calling for voters to take part in the referendum in a spirit of unity, whichever way they intend to vote.

Taiwanese Moderator’s Message to Scotland

The Presbyterian Church in Taiwan is observing how the Church of Scotland is promoting a message of harmony before and after the independence referendum.

Kirk’s First Minister Since 1987 To Command Army Chaplains

A Church of Scotland minister is to become the first from the Kirk to be appointed as Chaplain General to Her Majesty's Land Forces since 1987.

Tragic death of David Haines

Read School Chaplain, Rev Jim Stewart's words to Perth Academy

Rt Rev John Chalmers sermon from St Mary's Episcopal Cathedral in Edinburgh.

You can now read the Rt Rev John Chalmers sermon from St Mary's Episcopal Cathedral in Edinburgh.

Remarkable doves of peace campaign delivered to Downing St

The Moderator of the General Assembly has delivered more than 2000 doves of peace created by Church of Scotland congregations to Downing Street. Among the doves the Rt Reverend John Chalmers has received in the last few weeks, many have stood out for their creativity and originality.

Moderator of the General Assembly delivers prayer for harmony to the nation on Sunday

The Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland will lead the nation in a prayer appealing for harmony this Sunday morning, whatever the outcome of next Thursday's independence referendum.

Church of Scotland welcomes stand against religious hatred

The Church of Scotland welcomes the recent joint statement by the Board of Deputies of British Jews and the Muslim Council of Britain. In response to a worrying upsurge in anti-Semitism and Islamophobia in the wake of the deepening crises in Gaza and in Iraq, both groups have called on people of faith to "redouble efforts to work together and get to know one another". The statement added: "We condemn any expression of anti-Semitism, Islamophobia or any form of racism."

Rev David Kellas

Moderator of Lochcarron and Skye hits back at critical headlines

The Moderator of the Presbytery of Lochcarron and Skye has spoken out after two ministers announced their intention to leave the Church of Scotland.

Moderator expands on his vision for reconciliation after the referendum

Read the Rt Rev John Chalmers essay as he expands on his vision for reconciliation after the referendum.

Statement on congregation departure in Tarbert

The Church of Scotland has issued a statement in response to the departure of some of the congregation at Tarbert Church in Harris.

Guild’s Membership Continues to Go Serve at AGM

Two thousand Church of Scotland Guild members and guests will gather this morning at the Caird Hall in Dundee for their annual general meeting.

Inverness to host congregational resource day

Equipping congregations in Inverness with tools to carry out the mission of Christ is the focus of a Church of Scotland resource day being held on 20 September.