News and press releases

Russell Barr

Referendum reflections "A time to build up, a time to tear down"

2 July, 2016

Rt Rev Dr Russell Barr, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, reflects on the change and consequences of the EU referendum result, and how we can begin to make sense of it.


Somme Sweethearts: lives changed forever by war

1 July, 2016

A church member's story of the chance discovery of a gold locket in a box of wartime memorabilia, which revealed the terrible consequences the Battle of the Somme held for the women who watched their men go off to war.

St Giles

Prayers for the Nation and the World following EU Referendum vote

1 July, 2016

Prayers of intercession to be read by five voices have been contributed in the hope they may be of value to those reflecting on this time of change following the European Union referendum result.

Church official delivers new report on tackling food poverty

30 June, 2016

Sweeping measures to address the problem of food poverty in Scotland have been presented to the Scottish Government by an independent Working Group led by a Church of Scotland official. Rev Dr Martin Johnstone, who is secretary of the Church and Society Council, believes the new powers for Holyrood present a unique opportunity to address the increasing number of people who can’t afford to put food on their table.

Latest Take a Pew hears MSP talk about her faith

29 June, 2016

The Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson MSP talks about her faith and being a Church of Scotland member. The Moderator of the General Assembly has welcomed her frankness in speaking about the challenges she has faced in reconciling her faith with her sexuality.

Service marks centenary of the Somme this Friday

28 June, 2016

The sacrifice of two Edinburgh battalions which were among the hardest hit at the start of the Battle of the Somme will be remembered at services at St Cuthbert's church in Edinburgh and in France this Friday.

Andrew Tomlinson

Kirk official in epic mountain trek for charity

27 June, 2016

A Church of Scotland official has successfully completed a gruelling 45-mile mountain peak challenge to raise money for people in disadvantaged communities.

Rev Dr Derek Browning

Kirk minister hails bold American church appointment

27 June, 2016

A senior Kirk minister has welcomed an “historic” decision to elect the first African American to lead the Presbyterian Church of the United States of America.


Moderator contributes prayer following EU Referendum vote

24 June, 2016

The Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland has released this specially written prayer in response to the EU referendum vote, which reflects on the uncertainty and conflicting emotions it has raised.

We remain united in Christ, Moderator tells European partner churches

Moderator assures partner churches in Europe the Kirk will always stand with them