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.

During this challenging period, Life and Work is committed to helping keep our Christian community connected. The magazine continues to be published and distributed to our loyal readers. If you need to contact our team, please email editorial enquiries to or all other enquiries to

This month, we have launched Lockdown Weekly, a free weekly update which we hope will be a useful resource to help people keep in touch with events in the Church of Scotland while churches are shut and many of us are in isolation. Free every Friday to download from the Life and Work website.

Current issue: November 2020

Life and Work November 2020 Cover
Service and Needs
Looking back at the Church’s work providing for the forces at home and abroad during the Second World War.
What Matters Most
Jackie Macadam meets Sarah Davidson, chief executive of the Carnegie UK Trust, and learns about the influence of faith on her life.
War, Sacrifice and Gratitude
Jeff Hopewell describes how stained glass has been used in some churches to remember the sacrifices of war.
Trusting God
The Rt Rev Dr Martin Fair says we are going to have to get better at living with uncertainty, trusting that God is with us.
Stop Fuelling the Fire
Kirsten Clarke describes her year as one of Christian Aid’s Prophetic Activists
With Scorching Heat and Drought
Adrian Shaw reflects on the Church of Scotland’s history on climate change.
Poppies, Medals and Hot Chocolate
The Very Rev Albert Bogle reflects on the month of November

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