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Life and Work - July issue

Get July's edition of Life and Work! Life and Work is the magazine of the Church of Scotland. In a history spanning over 130 years, it has established itself as the pre-eminent voice of the Church of Scotland.

Scots trapped in poverty demand a voice in shaping Scotland’s future

Demands to involve those who live in poverty in the struggle to overcome it are at the heart of a major new report published tomorrow (Saturday 21st June).


CrossReach Commonwealth Celebration

The Church of Scotland’s social care organisation CrossReach is celebrating the positive impact it is making across the nation with a Commonwealth Games baton relay.

Scotland’s youngest minister carries Queen’s Baton in Edinburgh

Scotland’s youngest minister took part in the Queen’s Baton relay in Edinburgh Saturday as part of the Commonwealth Games build-up.

Church of Scotland picks up the baton for Commonwealth Games

The Church of Scotland’s support for the Commonwealth Games will be symbolised by the nation’s youngest minister this weekend when Rev Michael Mair carries the Queen’s Baton across the capital.

Poverty Truth Commission demands action on low wage economy

A major new report into poverty, backed by the Church of Scotland and Faith in Community Scotland, is to demand an end to the poor employment practices which are trapping many working Scots on very low wages. The results of the two year investigation by Poverty Truth Commission will be launched at an event in Glasgow next week.

Ministries Council foots bill for vital minister scheme application

Church of Scotland ministers are to have the costs of joining the Protecting Vulnerable Groups Scheme paid for by the Ministries Council.

Moderator of South Sudan tells of the plight of his people in visit to Scotland

The Right Reverend Peter Gai Lual Marrow has spoken of the comfort he and his people have received knowing the Church of Scotland has been offering prayers and much needed aid to South Sudan.

Trevor Jamison

Inspiring walk the John Muir Way

The chaplain for Scotland’s fastest growing ecological organisation is to tackle the newly opened John Muir Way walking route this weekend in an attempt to highlight Christian commitment to nurturing the environment.

Moderator waves off Help for Heroes fundraising cyclists

The Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland yesterday waved off Help for Heroes cyclists on a Tartan Express fundraising run to London.

Lanark church scores hole in one with Moderatorial gift

A congregation in Lanark presented the Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland with what could be the most thoughtful gift he receives this year – a set of golf flags with the Moderatorial coat of arms.

Rev Thomas Suter Sinclair Obituary

The funeral service for the Reverend Thomas Sinclair has taken place at Martin's Memorial Church in Stornoway. Tom died in a road accident in Edinburgh, where he was attending the General Assembly. He was a well-known and popular figure throughout the Church and his sudden passing has touched the lives of many people. John Cunningham, Moderator of Lewis Presbytery, has submitted this tribute to his life.

CrossReach staff recognised for ‘extraordinary contribution’ to Scotland’s care sector

The annual CrossReach service of celebration has heard tributes from Scotland’s Chief Social Work Adviser for the extraordinary contribution staff make to the country’s care sector.

Church credit union to establish whole new financial sector in society

A new Credit Union backed by the Church of Scotland could revolutionise access to credit for people within the church and in organisations linked to it.

Moderator calls for Church to turn tide of fading faith in Scotland

The Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland has issued an urgent rallying call for the Church to connect with the next generation or risk faith fading from society.

‘Moderated with clarity and kindness’

The Very Rev John Cairns stepped out of the norm in the General Assembly to praise Rt Rev John Chalmer’s “clarity and kindness” during this week’s proceedings.

National Insurance should cover funeral costs, General Assembly told

A Church of Scotland minister has called on the government to provide a basic allowance to cover funeral costs.

Countess of Wessex given Heart and Soul henna tattoo

The Countess of Wessex was delighted with the results of a bridal henna tattoo she received at the Heart and Soul festival in Princes Street Gardens last weekend.

Proposal for ministers in civil partnerships goes forward

The General Assembly of the Church of Scotland has voted in favour of a proposal which could eventually lead to the ordination of ministers in civil partnerships.

General Assembly lauded as ‘model of debate’

The General Assembly of the Church of Scotland was lauded as a ‘model of debate’ following yesterday’s historic discussion on the independence referendum.