New Scots survey: 'Christmas has lost its true meaning'

New Scots survey: ‘Christmas has lost its true meaning’

Over three out of four Scots believe Christmas has lost its true meaning according to a new study released by Scottish aid charity SCIAF to mark the launch of its Christmas Real Gifts appeal to help people in developing countries. From 1,009 people surveyed, 76% agreed that the true meaning of Christmas – celebrating the […]

No To Named Person (NO2NP)

Sex education: ‘Parents sidelined in favour of named persons’

Parents are being marginalised by Scottish sex education guidance that encourages teachers to speak to a child’s named person about any wellbeing concerns, campaigners say. Under the Named Person scheme – which is currently being legally challenged by The Christian Institute, other organisations and concerned parents – all children in Scotland will be given a […]

Church of England Commissioners buy Scottish land to become largest private commercial forestry investor in UK

Church of England Commissioners buy Scottish land to become largest private commercial forestry investor in UK

The Church Commissioners for England have announced the purchase of a forestry portfolio from UPM Tilhill for £49 million. The purchase means the Commissioners are the largest private commercial forestry investor in the UK. The new purchase comprises 15 separate forests, 13 of which are in Scotland and 2 in Wales, and includes two operating […]

Rev David Robertson

David Robertson: Why Christians should welcome Government sex education guidelines

It’s predictable, writes Rev David Robertson. The government produces guidelines on sex education, the media look for a storm/squabble/outrage and the Church duly provides them with one – usually to do with sexuality or promiscuity. And so the impression is created on the one hand that the Church is outdated, ignorant and against sex education; […]

Church anger at Catholic primary school closure

The Catholic Church has described the closure of a denominational primary school on the outskirts of Glasgow as a “hammer blow” to the local community. The reaction came after Government ministers consented to controversial plans by East Dunbartonshire Council to close St Joseph’s Primary School in Milngavie, Glasgow. Earlier this year, the Scottish Government called […]

Figures lay bare division in Kirk presbyteries over gay clergy plans

Figures lay bare division in Kirk presbyteries over gay clergy plans

Evangelical ministers have seized on new figures showing divisions within presbyteries over gay clergy, claiming it is only a matter of time before a “steady” steam of people leave the Kirk. The Rev Douglas Cranston, acting director of the Forward Together group, said the so-called mixed economy proposal would “establish a situation which is too […]

Rev Alasdair MacAulay

Children drive Easter Ross church extension

A Free Church of Scotland congregation in Easter Ross is building an extension to its existing premises in Fearn to meet demand. Tain and Fearn Free Church is running near capacity on Sundays due to the increase in children coming along to morning services — and the Hilton Hall is also insufficient for the growing […]

One in three church leaders have low morale – what would cheer them up?

A clear vision is the most important factor in ministers’ morale, according to the author of a new book on clergy leadership. Vision trumps all kinds of external circumstances including heavy workloads, says the director of the Church Pastoral Aid Society (CPAS). Graham Archer has written Don’t Lose Heart, part of the Grove Leadership Series, […]

Pope Francis

Sorry, Fido. Pope Francis did NOT say our pets are going to heaven

When Pope Francis recently sought to comfort a distraught boy whose dog had died, the pontiff took the sort of pastoral approach he is famous for — telling the youngster not to worry, that he would one day see his pet in heaven. “Paradise is open to all of God’s creatures,” Francis said reassuringly. It […]

Ewan McGregor

Ewan McGregor faces criticism for controversial role as Christ

Ewan McGregor has come under fire on Christian social media pages after it was revealed he will play both Jesus and the Devil in his new movie. ‘Last Days in the Desert’, due out next year, was branded “blasphemous” while the Scottish actor was called an “idiot”. It was announced earlier this week that McGregor, […]

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