News and events

Very Rev Dr Sheilagh Kesting

Very Rev Dr Sheilagh Kesting retires after 23 years as Kirk Ecumenical Officer

8 October, 2016

It is hard to imagine the ecumenical scene in Scotland and beyond without the quiet but influential presence of the Very Rev Dr Sheilagh Kesting, who retired at the end of September from her post as Ecumenical Officer and Secretary to the Ecumenical Relations Committee of the Church of Scotland.


Twinning with international congregations inspiring and fruitful

5 October, 2016

Two Church of Scotland ministers are encouraging congregations to develop close working friendships with partner churches around the world.

Richard Frazer

Property tax should be based on ability to pay says Kirk

5 October, 2016

The Church of Scotland has called for Council Tax bands to be re-evaluated to make it a fairer system that reflects current house prices.

Minister tells MSPs how Boys Brigade played pivotal role in his life

4 October, 2016

A Church of Scotland minister from Aberdeen highlighted the work of the Boys Brigade in the Scottish Parliament this afternoon.

Very Rev Dr Lorna Hood

Very Rev Dr Lorna Hood retires from ministry after 37 years at Renfrew North

4 October, 2016

Very Rev Dr Lorna Hood, who is retiring from ministry, has been given a heartfelt send-off by the congregation of Renfrew North Parish Church, where she served faithfully for 37 years. Her achievements were celebrated with a special ‘Songs of Praise’ service that included family, friends ---and some high profile political figures.

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Why our Church needs to be on social media

3 October, 2016

In this article first published in Life and Work magazine, the Church of Scotland’s Communications Manager, Rob Flett, explains why the Church is using social media and how congregations and Presbyteries can cultivate their own followers.

Kirk's newest minister finds a haven in Orkney

3 October, 2016

Reverend John Butterfield may be the newest minister in the Church of Scotland, but he brings with him over twenty years of experience gained serving in the Methodist Church. John recently transferred into the Kirk, and was inducted into the parish of Stromness and Graemsay in Orkney two weeks ago. Savouring the view over the harbour, he says "When I look out over the sea, I still pinch myself that I'm here."

Scottish political leaders back climate change

Kirk welcomes climate-change pact signed by political party leaders

30 September, 2016

The Church of Scotland has welcomed a new pact signed by political party leaders which commits them to do all that they can to tackle climate change.


Video: The Kirk is at the forefront of efforts to support refugees in Hungary

28 September, 2016

Video - The Church of Scotland is at the forefront of work to support refugees in Hungary.