Pope Francis

Day for Life message from Pope Francis

Pope Francis is marking the Day for Life in the UK and Ireland this Sunday, with a call to all people of good will to cherish life, particularly the life of society’s most vulnerable. In a message sent to the Church in England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales, signed by the Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal […]

Rev Andrew R Allan

Free Church (Continuing) presses its Glasgow summer outreach

In delightful seasonable weather it was a privilege to return to Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, writes Rev Andrew R Allan, and join with Donald John Morrison, the Free Church of Scotland (Continuing)’s home mission worker, and distribute gospel tracts to the throngs of passers-by. When I was there Rev William Macleod and Alastair Manderson from the […]

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Theology student loses jobless benefit because attending Communion ‘wasn’t Church of England practice’

It has been celebrated in churches for more than 350 years; but a court has now ruled that attendance at a Book of Common Prayer (BCP) service of holy communion “could not be regarded as an established custom and practice” of the Church of England. The ruling came in unsuccessful challenges to the First Tier […]

Orange march in Edinburgh for No vote is given the go-ahead

Orange march in Edinburgh for No vote is given the go-ahead

An Orange Order march planned for Edinburgh just days before the independence referendum has been given the go-ahead. The march by up to 15,000 people is scheduled for Saturday, September 13 – the weekend before voters decide the country’s future. Members of the council’s licensing sub-committee yesterday voted in favour of allowing the event to […]

Rev David Robertson

Commonwealth Disney Eurovision Brigadoon … reflections on the opening ceremony

Over one billion people watched the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony from Glasgow on Wednesday night, writes Rev David Robertson. We were promised ‘the best of Scotland’. What did we get? Enough to learn a great deal about modern Scotland and the ‘values’ of contemporary British society. —– Firstly it was acutely embarrassing. Alex Salmond claimed […]

Dr Taj Hargey

Muslims ask for support to ban burka

Muslims have launched a Downing Street petition to ban the burka. If 100,000 supporters sign, the House of Commons will have to consider following the French example of forbidding women to cover their faces in public. The campaign to forbid what petitioners call a “disturbing social trend” to wear the full burka or niqab (face […]

German minister for Largs and Millport churches

German minister for Largs and Millport churches

A German born man has been selected as the new Church of Scotland minister at St John’s in Largs, and Cumbrae Parish Church. The Reverend Markus Thane who preached as sole nominee at the Largs and Millport churches recently will fill the vacancies later this summer. For the first time the two Church of Scotland […]

Professor Stewart Hillis

Obituary: Professor William Stewart Hillis OBE

Doctor to the Scottish football team. Born: September 28, 1943. Died: July 21, 2014. Professor William Stewart Hillis OBE, who has died aged 70, had been looking forward to the Commonwealth Games more than most. He was one of the first doctors in the world to focus on sports science, the treatment and prevention of […]

Mothers' Union

Mother’s Union 2015 theme: United in Prayer

The Mothers’ Union has announced that its 2015 theme is ‘United in Prayer’. The announcement comes following the MU’s General Meeting held in the Belfast Waterfront Hall in Northern Ireland, in June. The new theme, with its focus on the centrality of prayer in the work of Mothers’ Union across the world, was said to be […]

Johnny Bremner

Pioneering drive-thru church in Alness school car park

You’ve heard of drive-thru restaurants and even drive-thru cinemas, but one Easter Ross man is the driving force behind what is thought to be the first drive-thru church in Scotland. Johnny Bremner, who is a member of Rosskeen Free Church, got the idea when he visited a similar venture in Northern Ireland a couple of […]

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