News and press releases

Lochside Mission Christmas

South Ayrshire churches bring fun food and Christmas cheer to 170 families

23 December, 2016

Across the country churches are reaching out to the poorest families in their communities to help bring the spirit of Christmas to children. In South Ayrshire, for example, four churches have come together to give 170 families the kind of Merry Christmas they could not provide themselves.

Rev Elspeth McKay

Let us bray! Animals help recreate nativity scene

22 December, 2016

A Church of Scotland minister is channelling her inner Vicar of Dibley and holding a special Christmas service starring a cast of LIVE farm animals.

Promotional poster for Are Ye Wise

Minister's Christmas hit gets whole town dancing

22 December, 2016

In the second of our end of year reflections, Rev Neil Urquhart from Fullarton Church in Irvine explains how he created a multimedia campaign to celebrate everyday acts of kindness and sacrifice in Irvine, in a fantastic ecumenical initiative which got the whole town dancing.

Brussels minister Rev Dr Andrew Gardner

Brussels minister reflects on a hard year for the city

21 December, 2016

Over the next few weeks we will be publishing a series of reflections on what 2016 has meant and what the new year will bring. In the first reflection, Rev Dr Andrew Gardner from St Andrew's Church of Scotland in Brussels looks back on what has been a difficult year for the city, and how the congregation has risen to the challenges and uncertainties they are facing.

Marianne Taylor and Dr Whitley

Herald writer considers Church's place in contemporary Scotland

20 December, 2016

Writer Marianne Taylor visited St Rollox church in Sighthill and spoke to a range of church members to produce an interesting and well observed perspective on the Church of Scotland. The newspaper has kindly given us permission to republish the story in full.

Mrs Catherine Murray with the Paisley Abbey choristers

Performance of new carol is widow's Christmas wish come true

20 December, 2016

A new Christmas carol written by a retired widow from Largs was performed for the first time at Paisley Abbey this morning, fulfilling a wish she had never dreamed would be granted.

Dr Barr and Rev Keith Blackwood

Moderator rededicates historic Aberdeen church given £1.5 million makeover

17 December, 2016

A north-east church which underwent a £1.5million refurbishment programme has been rededicated by the Moderator of the General Assembly.

Tarbert declaration signing

Island Presbyteries sign up to closer links

16 December, 2016

Two Presbyteries in the Western Isles have come together to sign the ‘Tarbert Declaration’, expressing their commitment to closer fellowship, greater collaboration and sharing resources in areas of common interest.

Strand of DNA

Church urges caution over "three parent babies"

16 December, 2016

The Church of Scotland is urging the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) to think very carefully before licensing any clinical use of the new “three parent babies” techniques it has approved.

Neighbour convicted of murdering Church member

A heroin addict has today been found guilty of the murder of a “kind hearted” Church of Scotland member in Fife.