Connecting with the Church on social media
We love hearing from people across our Church of Scotland and Moderator of the General Assembly social media accounts. We would encourage you to follow us on Facebook, X (formerly Twitter) and Instagram to stay up to date with Church news.
We want our pages to provide a safe space for celebrating the Good News, and having discussions about faith and the work of the Church and its people in a positive, informative and enjoyable way.
Usually we will allow conversations to unfold naturally online without interference. This includes allowing space for people to disagree with each other or to criticise the Church. However, we do expect that people will remain polite when engaging with others and avoid any personal or unfounded attacks.
When that happens we will intervene.
Here are a few rules for being part of our online community:
- Consider your privacy and the privacy of anyone else involved when you post - do not share personal details such as your address or phone number in online forums.
- Be respectful and kind. We have thousands of followers and everyone will have different opinions and lived experiences.
- We ask that any comments or discussions on our social media channels are respectful to other members, as well as our staff and volunteers.
- Please don't spread false information, or any information that you aren't sure of, or spam or troll our social media accounts. This includes posting persistent negative or abusive posts designed to provoke a response.
- Users who don't adhere to our rules may have their comments hidden or removed, and may be blocked.
- For anyone posting abusive, discriminatory, harassing, obscene, violent, unlawful or threatening content or comments on our social media channels, we reserve the right to report your behaviour to the associated social media platform and/or ban you from our accounts.
Please do let us know if you think any of the comments on our social media channels violate these rules by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by sending us a direct or private message through our social channels or reporting the activity to the relevant platform directly.
Know what to expect
We aim to monitor our main social media platforms 365 days a year but that does not mean we will always be online 24/7. The team that manages our social media accounts is small and they have a number of other communications duties as well as handling social media management. Our core office hours are between 9am and 5pm GMT, Monday to Friday, excluding UK national holidays.
We aim to respond to enquiries on social media as quickly as possible, but please note that some enquiries can take longer to reply to and resolve.
You can find contacts for our Communications Department staff here: https://www.churchofscotland.org.uk/contact/media-centre