Life and Work

Life and Work is the magazine of the Church of Scotland. In a history spanning over 140 years, it has established itself as the voice of the Church of Scotland.

Though firmly rooted in the affairs of the Kirk, it also aims to cover a broad range of subjects of interest to church-goers across the spectrum, from international affairs and British political and social issues to science, ethics, and the arts.

Each monthly issue includes a forum for views on current social and moral issues; a monthly meditation and regular articles on the spiritual side of life; reviews of the latest books, videos, and Christian resources; and regular features on the Church worldwide.

Our subscription service offers you the convenience of having Life and Work magazine delivered direct to your door or any digital device; you can also arrange a gift subscription. Free Gaelic supplements are also available.

Visit the Life and Work website for regular news and exclusive features, and find us on Facebook and Twitter.

Current issue: April 2020

Cross draped in red fabric against a cloudy sky
Reflection by the Very Rev Dr Derek Browning
Prayer from the Rt Rev Colin Sinclair
Children and Communion
The experiences of churches actively involving children in their communion services
From D’oyly Carte to Dunfermline
Interview with opera singer and church elder Frances McCafferty
A Celtic Pilgrimage
Gemma King describes her walk on the Columba Experience, a week-long pilgrimage for young adults.
Under Par
The Very Rev Dr John Chalmers reflects on the importance of good mental health
No Short Cuts
In his final column, the Moderator of the General Assembly explains why Jesus is still worth following
The Cruellest Month
Ron Ferguson reflects on the gift of April

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One of the magazine's most important elements is reader feedback. Our letters pages are among the liveliest in the magazine business, and are very revealing about general attitudes both within and beyond the Church. We actively encourage letters, but do ask that they are kept succinct (and not without humour), so we can publish as many as possible.

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