Church of Scotland

Rev Fiona Ogg

Highland church repairs reach critical stage as rainwater pours down inside walls

A restoration project on a Highland church has now reached a “critical” stage. Water pours down the inside walls of Ardnamurchan Parish Church every time it rains. It is estimated around £200,000 will now be needed to restore the building at Kilchoan and that the necessary repair work can’t be put off for much longer. […]

Rev David Robertson

Religious influence on state schools ‘could be curtailed’

SNP plans to transfer powers over state schools away from councils risks marginalising the role of spiritual leaders, senior church figures have warned. Religious representatives have a legal right to places on local authority education committees, but some churches fear this role will be diminished under new “regional collaboratives” planned to shake up school governance. […]

Neilston communion token

18th century communion token found on eBay to be returned to Neilston Parish Church

A piece of history from the 18th century has been returned to Neilston. A communion token which dates back to 1785 will soon take pride of place at the village’s parish church after an eagle-eyed resident clocked the item up for sale online. Nostalgia enthusiast Matt Drennan, who is secretary of the Neilston War Memorial […]

Fairlie and Largs church minister suspended for five years

Fairlie and Largs church minister suspended for five years

Local church minister Chris Vermeulen has been suspended from duties for a period of five years. The Church of Scotland decision was taken by the Presbytery Commission last month after the minister was placed on ‘administrative suspension’ in August, pending an investigation, in relation to a church rule violation. Rev Vermeulen, who has served St […]

The Laird's Loft at Cullen Auld Kirk.

Historic Cullen church will echo with song during fundraiser

A historic Moray church will echo with song during a fundraising concert aimed at keeping the ancient building open. Cullen and Deskford Church was built in 1236 and has links to Robert the Bruce, as well as being a prominent landmark in the region. However, it has emerged that the failing building is likely to […]

Secrets of Scotland’s “second Iona” to be unearthed

Archaeologists are to return to Lismore to work on a major seat of religious power with experts believing the tiny island was as historically important as the isle of Iona. The island, in Loch Linnhe, Argyll, was a centre of ritual and power for more than 1,000 years but few records of its important role […]

Six out of ten Scots have rejected organised religion

Scotland is becoming a post-religious society with a clear majority of people abandoning organised faith, research has suggested. Findings from the country’s most authoritative survey of public attitudes has revealed that almost six out of ten Scots identify as having no religion. The figure of 58 per cent, the highest recorded, is up six points […]

Churches sharing services online this Christmas

Churches sharing services online this Christmas

A growing number of churches are using new technology to share their services online this Christmas. With storms threatening to disrupt travel arrangements across the country there’s been growing interest in steps congregations are taking to provide for members who may find it difficult to attend. However, streaming services live on the internet is becoming […]

Rt Rev Dr Russell Barr

Church of Scotland Moderator’s Christmas message

The Rt Rev Dr Russell Barr says, in a troubled world, Christmas shows God’s grace and mercy will not be defeated. Christmas is a time of enormous contrasts. There are the sights and sounds of the Christmas markets – and there are the sights and sounds of people sleeping rough in shop doorways. With gifts […]

Rev David Young

Historic Helensburgh church to undergo £300k revamp

A historic Helensburgh church is undergoing a major restoration after being battered by wind and rain. B-listed Helensburgh Parish Church is being given a £288,000 makeover. The revamp is being funded by a £190,000 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund and Historic Environment Scotland, with the Colquhoun Square church itself contributing a further £100,000 from […]

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