Church of Scotland News https://www.churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news The latest news releases from the Church of Scotland Sat, 22 Feb 2020 04:16:03 +0000 Military chaplaincy described as 'best job in the world' https://www.churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2020/military-chaplaincy-is-the-best-job-in-the-world2 https://www.churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2020/military-chaplaincy-is-the-best-job-in-the-world2 The Moderator of the General Assembly has spent the week visiting British Army bases across Scotland. Rt Rev Colin Sinclair met service personnel in Stirling, Glasgow, Leuchars in Fife and Kinloss in Moray to learn... Fri, 21 Feb 2020 15:15:47 +0000 Village suffering after "devastating" flood says Kirk elder https://www.churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2020/kirk-elder-asks-people-to-remember-flooded-areas-in-their-prayers https://www.churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2020/kirk-elder-asks-people-to-remember-flooded-areas-in-their-prayers A Kirk elder in the Scottish Borders has spoken of the "devastating" damage to her village caused by severe flooding and has asked people to remember those affected in their prayers. Newcastleton, near Hawick, lies... Thu, 20 Feb 2020 06:01:03 +0000 Make your climate change commitment this Lent https://www.churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2020/make-your-climate-change-commitment-this-lent https://www.churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2020/make-your-climate-change-commitment-this-lent Living Lent, the cross-denominational Lent initiative from the Joint Public Issues Team, is back for another year. Running throughout the 40 days of Lent, from Wednesday 26 February until Thursday 9 April, Living Lent will... Wed, 19 Feb 2020 05:01:03 +0000 Cumbrae Guild celebrates 125 years https://www.churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2020/cumbrae-guild-celebrates-125-years https://www.churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2020/cumbrae-guild-celebrates-125-years A Guild group based on an island with a resident population of 1,400 has marked its 125th anniversary with a service of thanksgiving. The Guild on Cumbrae, which lies off of the west coast of... Tue, 18 Feb 2020 14:58:33 +0000 VIDEO - 'Accept others for who they are' Kirk minister tells MSPs https://www.churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2020/accept-others-as-they-are-kirk-minister-tells-msps https://www.churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2020/accept-others-as-they-are-kirk-minister-tells-msps A minister who forgave terrorists who killed his mother and other close relatives has urged people to accept one another for who they are. Rev Aftab Gohar said the First and Second World Wars, the... Tue, 18 Feb 2020 12:15:22 +0000 Moderator to visit army sites across Scotland https://www.churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2020/moderator-spends-time-with-the-army https://www.churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2020/moderator-spends-time-with-the-army The Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland is being hosted by the Army as part of a five-day visit to sites across Scotland. Rt Rev Colin Sinclair began the tour by... Mon, 17 Feb 2020 05:16:03 +0000 Guild members visiting Zambia to meet empowered teenage mothers https://www.churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2020/Guild-members-visiting-Zambia-to-meet-empowered-teenage-mothers https://www.churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2020/Guild-members-visiting-Zambia-to-meet-empowered-teenage-mothers Guild members are following in the footsteps of intrepid missionary David Livingstone and travelling to Zambia to visit a project which supports teenage mothers. The group are looking forward to seeing first-hand the "inspirational and... Fri, 14 Feb 2020 06:01:04 +0000 Conference will boost work with asylum seekers and refugees https://www.churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2020/conference-will-boost-work-with-asylum-seekers-and-refugees https://www.churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2020/conference-will-boost-work-with-asylum-seekers-and-refugees Leading Christian scholars, activists and practitioners are coming together for a day conference in Edinburgh on 14 March to share ideas and promote common work on migration and support for asylum seekers and refugees. The... Thu, 13 Feb 2020 06:01:03 +0000 Kirk to host Gaelic conference in Glasgow https://www.churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2020/kirk-to-host-gaelic-conference-in-glasgow https://www.churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2020/kirk-to-host-gaelic-conference-in-glasgow The Church of Scotland is to host a conference in March to discuss ways forward for the Gaelic language in the work of the Kirk. The free conference, entitled An Ath Cheum ('The Next Step'),... Wed, 12 Feb 2020 06:01:03 +0000 Moderator invites congregations to take part in Thy Kingdom Come https://www.churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2020/moderator-invites-congregations-to-take-part-in-thy-kingdom-come https://www.churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2020/moderator-invites-congregations-to-take-part-in-thy-kingdom-come The Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, Rt Rev Colin Sinclair, is today sending a letter out to all Kirk congregations inviting them to take part in this year's Thy Kingdom... Tue, 11 Feb 2020 15:51:24 +0000 Seeking disciples of Jesus for the role of a lifetime https://www.churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2020/seeking-disciples-of-jesus-for-the-role-of-a-lifetime https://www.churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2020/seeking-disciples-of-jesus-for-the-role-of-a-lifetime If you would like to take part in a UK-wide Christian event that will bring to life the greatest story ever told, Hamilton-based Drama Kirk would love to hear from you. Drama Kirk will be... Sat, 08 Feb 2020 05:01:03 +0000 Swapping classrooms for cassocks: new parish ministers inducted https://www.churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2020/from-classrooms-to-cassocks-new-parish-ministers-inducted https://www.churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2020/from-classrooms-to-cassocks-new-parish-ministers-inducted Two former primary school teachers have swapped classrooms for cassocks to become the Church of Scotland's newest parish ministers. Rev Dawn Laing was ordained and inducted into Alloa Ludgate Church in Clackmannanshire last week. Rev... Fri, 07 Feb 2020 12:29:46 +0000 What's in the name of a Scottish village - a discovery by a Kirk minister https://www.churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2020/whats-in-the-name-of-a-scottish-village-a-discovery-by-a-kirk-minister https://www.churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2020/whats-in-the-name-of-a-scottish-village-a-discovery-by-a-kirk-minister Today is the 38th day of the year and Strontium is the 38th element on the Periodic Table. Former Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, Very Rev Professor John Walker, unearthed... Fri, 07 Feb 2020 06:01:03 +0000 Kirk Moderator embarks on annual Aberdeen visit https://www.churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2020/kirk-moderator-embarks-on-annual-aberdeen-visit https://www.churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2020/kirk-moderator-embarks-on-annual-aberdeen-visit The Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, Rt Rev Colin Sinclair, will set off on a three-day visit to Aberdeen Presbytery this Friday (7 February). The annual visit to the Granite... Wed, 05 Feb 2020 17:39:12 +0000 Congregations at vanguard of climate change advocacy https://www.churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2020/congregations-at-vanguard-of-climate-change-advocacy https://www.churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2020/congregations-at-vanguard-of-climate-change-advocacy Church congregations have an important role in convincing people of the dangers posed by climate change, a leading campaigner said today. Rev Henrik Grape of the World Council of Churches said the issue was the... Sat, 01 Feb 2020 06:16:03 +0000 Fife congregation create Dove of Peace for Sri Lanka https://www.churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2020/fife-congregation-create-dove-of-peace-for-sri-lanka https://www.churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2020/fife-congregation-create-dove-of-peace-for-sri-lanka A Dove of Peace created by a Fife church has been presented to a Kirk congregation in Sri Lanka. Members of Auchterderran Kinglassie Parish Church fashioned it out of white ribbons that were hung outside... Fri, 31 Jan 2020 15:13:17 +0000 Your views on the Church's plan for land and buildings https://www.churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2020/your-views-on-the-churchs-plan-for-land-and-buildings https://www.churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2020/your-views-on-the-churchs-plan-for-land-and-buildings During early August until the end of October last year, the Church of Scotland General Trustees invited your views on one of the most crucial issues for the future of our Church: how best to... Thu, 30 Jan 2020 05:46:03 +0000 Iconic church launches 400th anniversary celebrations https://www.churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2020/iconic-church-launches-400th-anniversary-celebrations https://www.churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2020/iconic-church-launches-400th-anniversary-celebrations An iconic Edinburgh church known around the world for Greyfriars Bobby, the loyal terrier who guarded his master's grave for 14 years, will mark its 400th anniversary this year with a series of special events.... Wed, 29 Jan 2020 15:51:46 +0000 Growing wave of momentum for statue of Jane Haining https://www.churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2020/growing-wave-of-momentum-for-statue-of-jane-haining https://www.churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2020/growing-wave-of-momentum-for-statue-of-jane-haining Momentum is growing for a statue to be erected in honour of Scotland's heroine of the Holocaust. MSPs and MPs have said it would be an appropriate way to recognise the bravery and sacrifice of... Wed, 29 Jan 2020 11:53:40 +0000 CrossReach condemns attitudes to children in care https://www.churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2020/crossreach-condemns-attitudes-to-children-in-care https://www.churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2020/crossreach-condemns-attitudes-to-children-in-care Paul Gilroy, Head of Service (Children and Families) for the Church of Scotland's care arm, CrossReach, has written a blog post criticising the attitudes of some communities and local authorities to children in care, describing... Mon, 27 Jan 2020 06:54:49 +0000 Christian girls wore yellow stars on their uniforms in act of solidarity https://www.churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2020/Christian-girls-wore-yellow-stars-on-their-uniforms-in-act-of-solidarity https://www.churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2020/Christian-girls-wore-yellow-stars-on-their-uniforms-in-act-of-solidarity Christian children sewed yellow stars onto their uniforms and walked hand in hand with their Jewish schoolmates through the streets in an act of defiance against the Nazis, it has been revealed. Dr Ninon Leader,... Sat, 25 Jan 2020 16:04:26 +0000 Prince William appointed as Lord High Commissioner to the 2020 General Assembly of the Church of Scotland https://www.churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2020/the-duke-of-cambridge-appointed-as-lord-high-commissioner-to-the-2020-general-assembly https://www.churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2020/the-duke-of-cambridge-appointed-as-lord-high-commissioner-to-the-2020-general-assembly Prince William has been appointed as the Lord High Commissioner to the 2020 General Assembly of the Church of Scotland. The Lord High Commissioner is the Sovereign's personal representative to the annual General Assembly of... Fri, 24 Jan 2020 16:40:57 +0000 Tartan Pimpernel war hero minister goes home to Paris https://www.churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2020/tartan-pimpernel-goes-home-to-paris https://www.churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2020/tartan-pimpernel-goes-home-to-paris A war hero Church of Scotland minister is set to loudly condemn the Nazis from the pulpit once again. Rev Dr Donald Caskie's protestations against the rise of fascism 80 years ago will reverberate around... Fri, 24 Jan 2020 14:48:10 +0000 Moderator joins church leaders to call for end to Brexit bitterness https://www.churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2020/moderator-joins-church-leaders-to-call-for-end-to-brexit-bitterness https://www.churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2020/moderator-joins-church-leaders-to-call-for-end-to-brexit-bitterness Rt Rev Colin Sinclair has joined 10 other church leaders from across the UK in signing a statement calling for an end to the bitterness and divisions of Brexit. "As Church leaders, we are united... Thu, 23 Jan 2020 06:30:03 +0000 Delight as three friends ordained into ministry on same day https://www.churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2020/Delight-as-three-friends-ordained-into-ministry-on-same-day https://www.churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2020/Delight-as-three-friends-ordained-into-ministry-on-same-day Three friends who carved out successful careers in caring professions are today being ordained as Church of Scotland ministers. Dr Sonia Blakesley, a former GP, is being inducted into St Mark's Oldhall Parish Church in... Wed, 22 Jan 2020 15:45:29 +0000 Glasgow minister recognised for social justice work https://www.churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2020/Glasgow-minister-recognised-for-social-justice-work https://www.churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2020/Glasgow-minister-recognised-for-social-justice-work A Church of Scotland minister in Glasgow has been honoured for his commitment to social justice and improving people's lives. Rev Brian Casey of Springburn Parish Church has been recognised by the John White Little... Tue, 21 Jan 2020 15:55:29 +0000 Kirk announces membership of new Forums https://www.churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2020/kirk-announces-membership-of-new-forums https://www.churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2020/kirk-announces-membership-of-new-forums The Church of Scotland has formally appointed conveners, vice conveners, interim heads and members of the two new Forums: Faith Nurture and Faith Impact. The formation of the two new Forums was approved by the... Mon, 20 Jan 2020 16:31:21 +0000 Moderator urges people to "stand together" https://www.churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2020/Moderator-urges-people-to-stand-together https://www.churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2020/Moderator-urges-people-to-stand-together People need to "stand together" more than ever to tackle increasing division in society, the Moderator of the General Assembly has said. In an historic address within the House of Lords this afternoon, Rt Rev... Sat, 18 Jan 2020 05:45:05 +0000 Genocide hero gifted cow named after Scotland's national poet https://www.churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2020/scots-buy-genocide-hero-a-cow-named-after-robert-burns https://www.churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2020/scots-buy-genocide-hero-a-cow-named-after-robert-burns A man who saved the life of a baby during the Rwanda genocide has been presented with a cow named after Scotland's national poet. "Burns" is a thank you gift for Amiel Mbarubukeye who found... Fri, 17 Jan 2020 15:28:31 +0000 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity begins https://www.churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2020/week-of-prayer-for-christian-unity-begins https://www.churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2020/week-of-prayer-for-christian-unity-begins Beginning on Saturday 18 January, churches around the world will mark the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity over a period of eight days. The annual event, which first began in 1908, is designed to... Thu, 16 Jan 2020 04:30:07 +0000 On a wing and a prayer - rugby player 'tackles' new challenge as minister https://www.churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2020/Rugby-player-tackles-ministry-head-on https://www.churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2020/Rugby-player-tackles-ministry-head-on An amateur rugby player nicknamed the "Vicar of Libby" by his teammates is set for kick off as a parish minister in Aberdeen. Former fitness instructor Jonny Clipston is being ordained and inducted into Newhills... Fri, 10 Jan 2020 05:15:07 +0000 Praise the Lord - new expression of church officially launched https://www.churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2020/praise-the-lord-new-expression-of-church-officially-launched https://www.churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2020/praise-the-lord-new-expression-of-church-officially-launched A worshipping community in North Lanarkshire is being formally established as the Church of Scotland's newest congregation this weekend. It will become officially known as Moodiesburn Parish Church in an historic move described as a... Thu, 09 Jan 2020 11:19:24 +0000 Edinburgh conference aims to renew vision of women in ministry https://www.churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2020/edinburgh-conference-aims-to-renew-vision-of-women-in-ministry https://www.churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2020/edinburgh-conference-aims-to-renew-vision-of-women-in-ministry Looking to form or renew a clear vision for 2020? Women who are either serving in ministry or are partners of those serving are invited to attend a day conference in Edinburgh on Saturday 1... Wed, 08 Jan 2020 11:54:59 +0000 Practical Christianity in action - Street Pastors bound for Caithness https://www.churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2020/Practical-Christianity-in-action-Street-Pastors-bound-for-Caithness https://www.churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2020/Practical-Christianity-in-action-Street-Pastors-bound-for-Caithness Plans are underway to introduce a world renowned pastoral support service in the far north of Scotland. Street Pastors could be patrolling the streets of Wick and Thurso in Caithness on Friday and Saturday nights... Tue, 07 Jan 2020 14:10:57 +0000 MSPs urged to help build a land where everyone is valued and welcomed https://www.churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2020/MSPs-urged-to-help-build-a-land-where-everyone-is-valued https://www.churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2020/MSPs-urged-to-help-build-a-land-where-everyone-is-valued Members of the Scottish Parliament have been urged to help build a land were love dwells and all people can safely live. The call was made by Rev Sarah Nicol, minister of St Cuthbert's Parish... Wed, 01 Jan 2020 07:00:09 +0000 Kirk's Society, Religion and Technology project celebrates 50 years https://www.churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2019/kirks-society,-religion-and-technology-project-celebrates-50-years https://www.churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2019/kirks-society,-religion-and-technology-project-celebrates-50-years The Church of Scotland's Society, Religion and Technology (SRT) project is marking its 50th anniversary during 2020, with a line-up of celebratory events to share how far it has come since its inception on 1... Tue, 31 Dec 2019 09:29:12 +0000 Our top 10 stories from 2019 https://www.churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2019/our-top-10-stories-from-2019 https://www.churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2019/our-top-10-stories-from-2019 This year has been a memorable one in the life of the Church of Scotland, with three reports accepted at this year's General Assembly that will radically reshape the Kirk at every level over the... Sat, 28 Dec 2019 05:00:09 +0000 Charity worker reflects on 1725 mile ultra pilgrimage https://www.churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2019/charity-worker-reflects-on-1725-mile-ultra-pilgrimage https://www.churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2019/charity-worker-reflects-on-1725-mile-ultra-pilgrimage Throughout 2019 Mark Calder ran a total of 1,725 miles spread across 14 ultramarathons, all of which retraced the ancient pilgrimage routes of Scotland and Northern England. Along the way he has raised thousands of... Fri, 27 Dec 2019 06:00:07 +0000 Final Go For It projects announced https://www.churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2019/final-go-for-it-projects-announced https://www.churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2019/final-go-for-it-projects-announced The Kirk's Go For It Fund has announced 16 projects which will receive a combined total of £392,000 in the final round of grants. Next year, a new growth fund will be established to expand... Wed, 25 Dec 2019 06:00:08 +0000 A Christmas message from the Moderator https://www.churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2019/advent-2019/day-25 https://www.churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2019/advent-2019/day-25 Christmas Day is upon us at last. However you are celebrating today, Rt Rev Colin Sinclair, the Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, shares a message wishing everyone across the Kirk... Tue, 24 Dec 2019 05:30:06 +0000 Advent Day 24: A Christmas Eve prayer by Dana McQuater https://www.churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2019/advent-2019/day-24 https://www.churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2019/advent-2019/day-24 To mark the final day of Advent, Dana McQuater, the Moderator of the Kirk's National Youth Assembly, has written this moving prayer. As you prepare for Christmas Day and make your way to your local... Mon, 23 Dec 2019 16:04:42 +0000 Praise for elders as chance meeting in church leads to safe delivery of baby https://www.churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2019/praise-for-elders-as-chance-meeting-in-church-leads-to-safe-delivery-of-baby https://www.churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2019/praise-for-elders-as-chance-meeting-in-church-leads-to-safe-delivery-of-baby A mother has thanked two Kirk elders for helping to save her baby's life after a chance meeting in a church. Retired midwife Shona Ferguson and Liann Weir sprang into action when Paula Paterson revealed... Mon, 23 Dec 2019 05:30:05 +0000 Advent Day 23: Knitted angels guide the way at Edinburgh church https://www.churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2019/advent-2019/day-23 https://www.churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2019/advent-2019/day-23 A community of knitters at Willowbrae Parish Church in Edinburgh have made colourful angels for those in the local community to take home this Christmas. The knitters, spread out across the local parish area, started... Sun, 22 Dec 2019 05:30:05 +0000 Advent Day 22: Share The Gift https://www.churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2019/advent-2019/day-22 https://www.churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2019/advent-2019/day-22 For the 22nd day of Advent, Very Rev Albert Bogle invites everyone to watch his short film: Share The Gift. The film, which is set just before Christmas, was created to show that it is... Sat, 21 Dec 2019 05:30:12 +0000 Advent Day 21: Edinburgh church holds free Christmas dinner for homeless people https://www.churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2019/advent-2019/day-21 https://www.churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2019/advent-2019/day-21 An Edinburgh church is hosting a traditional Christmas dinner for 100 homeless people. The free three course feast, which will include turkey, ham or chicken with all the trimmings, is being served up at the... Fri, 20 Dec 2019 15:51:21 +0000 Declaring there is 'no room in the inn' for refugees not an option https://www.churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2019/declaring-there-is-no-room-in-the-inn-for-refugees-not-an-option https://www.churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2019/declaring-there-is-no-room-in-the-inn-for-refugees-not-an-option The Church of Scotland is in a strong position to question how refugees and asylum seekers are treated, an expert has said. Dr Sabir Zazai, chief executive officer of the Scottish Refugee Council, said there... Fri, 20 Dec 2019 07:41:14 +0000 Advent Day 20: Joy as new youth centre in Perthshire opens https://www.churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2019/advent-2019/day-20 https://www.churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2019/advent-2019/day-20 A new youth centre aimed at bridging the gap between church and community has officially opened in Perthshire. The Breathe Centre in Aberfeldy is described as a safe "home from home" where young people can... Thu, 19 Dec 2019 12:30:06 +0000 'Singin' in the Ring' - livestock mart hosts Christmas carol service https://www.churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2019/Singing-in-the-Ring-farmers-gather-for-carol-service https://www.churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2019/Singing-in-the-Ring-farmers-gather-for-carol-service A Christmas carol service for the Angus farming community is being held in a livestock mart later. Around 200 people are expected to gather at Lawrie and Symington in Forfar to celebrate the birth of... Thu, 19 Dec 2019 05:30:11 +0000 Advent Day 19: Minister "revs" up mobile manse https://www.churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2019/advent-2019/day-19 https://www.churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2019/advent-2019/day-19 A minister has clocked up thousands of miles travelling around her rural parish in a "mobile manse". Rev Fiona Ogg, who looks after an area that spans 131 square miles of Lochaber in the Highlands,... Thu, 19 Dec 2019 05:00:13 +0000 Kirk Moderator praises life-changing Go For It projects in Fife https://www.churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2019/kirk-moderator-praises-life-changing-go-for-it-projects-in-fife https://www.churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2019/kirk-moderator-praises-life-changing-go-for-it-projects-in-fife Rt Rev Colin Sinclair spent a day visiting two projects in Fife which have used Go For It main grants to meet the needs of the local community. The Open Door Project, based at Bennochy... Wed, 18 Dec 2019 16:38:46 +0000 Minister rages against poverty as congregation donates 50 bags of food to primary school https://www.churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2019/minister-rages-against-poverty-as-congregation-donated-50-bags-of-food-to-primary-school https://www.churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2019/minister-rages-against-poverty-as-congregation-donated-50-bags-of-food-to-primary-school Big hearted members of a Perth church have donated more than 50 bags of groceries to a primary school. The congregation at Letham St Mark's sprang into action after a teacher turned to them for... Wed, 18 Dec 2019 15:12:24 +0000 Kirk urges Israel to permit Gazan Christians to visit families and holy sites this Christmas https://www.churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2019/kirk-urges-israel-to-permit-gazan-christians-to-visit-families-and-holy-sites-this-christmas https://www.churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2019/kirk-urges-israel-to-permit-gazan-christians-to-visit-families-and-holy-sites-this-christmas At this time of year, when Christians from across the world will be looking to, and visiting, Bethlehem and Jerusalem, as they celebrate the birth of Jesus into our world, the Church of Scotland is... Wed, 18 Dec 2019 05:30:12 +0000 Advent Day 18: Hebridean children perform Gaelic version of Silent Night https://www.churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2019/advent-2019/day-18 https://www.churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2019/advent-2019/day-18 A group of children from a church project on the Hebridean island of Great Bernera have recorded a Scottish Gaelic version of the popular and well-loved Christmas carol, Silent Night. The group, which meets in... Tue, 17 Dec 2019 15:29:08 +0000 'Andy Murray' stars in Perthshire Nativity scene https://www.churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2019/andy-murray-stars-in-perthshire-nativity-scene https://www.churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2019/andy-murray-stars-in-perthshire-nativity-scene A felt antler wearing alpaca named after tennis player Andy Murray was one of the stars of a quirky nativity scene at a Perthshire church. The adorable animal was joined by two pygmy goats wearing... Tue, 17 Dec 2019 05:30:06 +0000 Advent Day 17: Special visitors join a Nativity Sunday Service in the Borders https://www.churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2019/advent-2019/day-17 https://www.churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2019/advent-2019/day-17 The Nativity will be brought alive this year with a little help from a special pair of donkeys in the Borders. Smokey and Blue will be joining the congregation for the Nativity Sunday Service at... Mon, 16 Dec 2019 05:30:07 +0000 Advent Day 16: An Advent message from Rome https://www.churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2019/advent-2019/day-16 https://www.churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2019/advent-2019/day-16 For the sixteenth day of Advent, Rev Dr Peter McEnhill, the minister at St Andrew's Church of Scotland in Rome, shares an Advent message from Italy, reflecting on Luke's account of Christ's birth. Rome -... Sun, 15 Dec 2019 05:30:07 +0000 Advent Day 15: A reflection on life in the health service during Advent https://www.churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2019/advent-2019/day-15 https://www.churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2019/advent-2019/day-15 To mark the fifteenth day of Advent, Mark Evans DCS, the president of the Church of Scotland's Diaconate and Head of Spiritual Care for NHS Fife, offers us this heartfelt reflection on working in the... Sat, 14 Dec 2019 12:00:08 +0000 The Bogle Band and Christian Aid release songs for Advent https://www.churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2019/new-songs-inspire-faith-this-advent https://www.churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2019/new-songs-inspire-faith-this-advent Two specially written Christmas songs have been released this December - both with connections to the Church of Scotland. The Bogle band, which features Very Rev Albert Bogle the pioneer minister behind the online ministry... Sat, 14 Dec 2019 05:30:06 +0000 Advent Day 14: Let us bray - Noddy the Donkey stars in live street nativity play https://www.churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2019/advent-2019/day-14 https://www.churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2019/advent-2019/day-14 A minister is dressing up in a white tutu with wings and a halo to play the Angel Gabriel in a live nativity play alongside a donkey called Noddy. Rev Elspeth McKay and her four-legged... Fri, 13 Dec 2019 13:00:14 +0000 Medieval Christmas carol service for brewery https://www.churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2019/medieval-folk-carol-service-in-brewery https://www.churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/2019/medieval-folk-carol-service-in-brewery A Kirk minister and a Scottish Episcopal priest have teamed up with a brewery to host a medieval carol service. Rev Dan Harper and Rev Jo Mulliner hope that the Wassailing celebration of Christmas event,...