Church of Scotland News The latest news releases from the Church of Scotland

  • Genocide hero gifted cow named after Scotland's national poet
    on 18/01/2020 at 5:45 am

    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...

  • Week of Prayer for Christian Unity begins
    on 17/01/2020 at 3:28 pm

    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...

  • On a wing and a prayer - rugby player 'tackles' new challenge as minister
    on 16/01/2020 at 4:30 am

    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...

  • Praise the Lord - new expression of church officially launched
    on 10/01/2020 at 5:15 am

    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...

  • Edinburgh conference aims to renew vision of women in ministry
    on 09/01/2020 at 11:19 am

    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...

  • Practical Christianity in action - Street Pastors bound for Caithness
    on 08/01/2020 at 11:54 am

    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...

  • MSPs urged to help build a land where everyone is valued and welcomed
    on 07/01/2020 at 2:10 pm

    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...

  • Kirk's Society, Religion and Technology project celebrates 50 years
    on 01/01/2020 at 7:00 am

    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...

  • Our top 10 stories from 2019
    on 31/12/2019 at 9:29 am

    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...

  • Charity worker reflects on 1725 mile ultra pilgrimage
    on 28/12/2019 at 5:00 am

    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...

  • Final Go For It projects announced
    on 27/12/2019 at 6:00 am

    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...

  • A Christmas message from the Moderator
    on 25/12/2019 at 6:00 am

    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...

  • Advent Day 24: A Christmas Eve prayer by Dana McQuater
    on 24/12/2019 at 5:30 am

    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...

  • Praise for elders as chance meeting in church leads to safe delivery of baby
    on 23/12/2019 at 4:04 pm

    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...

  • Advent Day 23: Knitted angels guide the way at Edinburgh church
    on 23/12/2019 at 5:30 am

    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...

  • Advent Day 22: Share The Gift
    on 22/12/2019 at 5:30 am

    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...

  • Advent Day 21: Edinburgh church holds free Christmas dinner for homeless people
    on 21/12/2019 at 5:30 am

    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...

  • Declaring there is 'no room in the inn' for refugees not an option
    on 20/12/2019 at 3:51 pm

    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...

  • Advent Day 20: Joy as new youth centre in Perthshire opens
    on 20/12/2019 at 7:41 am

    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...

  • 'Singin' in the Ring' - livestock mart hosts Christmas carol service
    on 19/12/2019 at 12:30 pm

    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...