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Church concerned at evidence of rising funeral costs

The Church of Scotland has released figures which highlight the rising costs of funerals across the country.

In some areas charges have increased by almost 300% in the past five years.

Dundee church reborn following painful chapter

In September last year, Logie and St John’s (Cross) Church in Dundee endured the unsettling experience of seeing around half of the congregation, along with the locum minister, leave the Church of Scotland over the issue of same-sex marriage and ordination to the ministry.

Church of Scotland issues its first Easter Message video on You Tube

The Rt Rev Lorna Hood has become the first Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland to issue an Easter Message on social media.

Life and Work - May Issue

May's edition of Life and Work is out now. 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

Food bank figures provoke dismay in Church of Scotland

A Church of Scotland minister has expressed dismay at figures released this week by food bank charity The Trussell Trust which highlight the scale of the issue across the UK.

Church outlines stance on sport ahead of Commonwealth Games

Ahead of the Commonwealth Games, the Church of Scotland today, in a report, calls for the Scottish and UK Governments to impose a ban on advertising gambling through sport.

Church co-hosts dinner as part of 4th Reformed-Roman Catholic International Dialogue

The Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland attended an event in Glasgow last night which highlighted to the international community the warm relationship enjoyed between the Church of Scotland and the Roman Catholic Church in Scotland.

Creativity in young people celebrated by Church and Society Council

Creativity in young people from across the nation is being celebrated by the Church of Scotland as judges yesterday began the process of selecting this year’s winners of the Moderator’s Medal and Stevenson Prize.

Power to the People

Read Priority Areas Secretary Martin Johnstone column on community activism "Power to the People"

Moderator at Prime Minister's Easter reception in Number 10

The Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, Rt Rev Lorna Hood, met with Prime Minister David Cameron yesterday in Downing Street when she was a guest at his annual Easter reception for people with Christian faith.

Interfaith conference to discuss place of religion in written constitution

Scotland’s Churches and faith communities have united to call for the role of religion to be recognised in Scottish society, whatever the constitutional future holds.

Church of Scotland mourns death of Margo MacDonald MSP

The Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, the Rt Rev Lorna Hood, has spoken of her sorrow at the passing of Margo MacDonald MSP.

Church of Scotland chooses new Moderator Designate

Today the Committee to Nominate the Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland met in extraordinary circumstances and named the Rev John Chalmers as Moderator Designate to take office at the 2014 General Assembly.

Church of Scotland vigil for Liberton pupil

The chaplaincy team at Liberton High School is holding a vigil following the tragic death of a schoolgirl yesterday.

Church of Scotland sadness at Liberton High School fatality

The Church of Scotland has reacted with sadness to the death of a female pupil at Liberton High School in Edinburgh this morning. Chaplains were quickly on hand to provide support to pupils and staff.

North East Glasgow investment set to reap rewards

A husband and wife duo from the United States, via the Middle East, have brought their pioneering spirit to the North East of Glasgow which has seen a run-down church building transform into an innovative community facility.

Church joins in worldwide Earth Hour

The Church of Scotland is part of a global event tomorrow night when millions of people switch off lights in homes, offices and famous landmarks at 8.30pm local time for an hour to mark World Wide Fund for Nature’s (WWF) annual Earth Hour.

Learning to be hopeful

Priority Areas Secretary Martin Johnstone strives to see the best in people for Lent.

Lent reflections

Mrs Sandra McNicol, member of Maxwell Mearns Castle Church, Glasgow and Mr Andrew Kimmitt, member of Coldside Parish, Dundee gives their thoughts on Lent.

Church explores fracking position

The Church of Scotland’s attempts at unearthing a position on fracking took a step forward recently when Cadzow Church Hall hosted a discussion on the issue.