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Prisoner of War hero minister

Church minister was inspiration behind 'Great Escape'

24 February 2020

A Church of Scotland minister nicknamed "Padre Mac" has been named as the inspiration behind the Great Escape. Rev Professor Murdo Ewen Macdonald's "fiery sermons" motivated the famous breakout of a German Prisoner of war ...

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Military chaplaincy described as 'best job in the world'

22 February 2020

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 ...

The main street of Newcastleton before the flooding hit

Village suffering after "devastating" flood says Kirk elder

21 February 2020

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 ...

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Make your climate change commitment this Lent

20 February 2020

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 ...

Cumbrae Guild cake

Cumbrae Guild celebrates 125 years

19 February 2020

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 ...

A group photo at the Army base

Moderator to visit army sites across Scotland

18 February 2020

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 ...

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Guild members visiting Zambia to meet empowered teenage mothers

17 February 2020

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 ...

Sanctuary in Scotland conference

Conference will boost work with asylum seekers and refugees

14 February 2020

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 ...

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Kirk to host Gaelic conference in Glasgow

13 February 2020

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'), ...

Rev Carl Irvine and Rev Dawn Laing

Swapping classrooms for cassocks: new parish ministers inducted

8 February 2020

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 ...