Highlands + Islands

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. […]

St Magnus Cathedral

Tourists disrupt funerals at Scottish cathedral by taking selfies near people grieving

Funerals are being disrupted at a famous Orkney church by selfie-seeking tourists. St Magnus Cathedral in Kirkwall is one of the biggest attractions in the islands – but it is also a functioning church and regularly hosts funeral and wedding services. But now the cathedral’s minister and a prominent Orkney funeral director have been forced […]

Bishop Brian McGee

Church’s new bishop meets Rothesay congregation

The new Roman Catholic Bishop of Argyll and the Isles, Brian McGee, visited Bute for the first time in his new role this week. He celebrated mass at St Andrew’s Church in Rothesay on Wednesday evening before meeting and chatting to parishioners at a social event afterwards. Mr McGee’s appointment was announced in December, though […]

Rev Alasdair Smith

Back congregation marks Rev Alasdair Smith’s 50 years of ministry

A large crowd gathered in the church hall at Back on Wednesday (17 June) evening to mark Rev Alasdair Smith’s 50th year in the Christian ministry. Rev Calum Iain Macleod then an overview of Alasdair Smith’s ministry over the years. He began by reflecting on his initial years of ministry in Strontian and Acharacle (1965-1971), […]

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 […]

Rev Angus Smith

BBC documentary: Does the Sabbath still exist on the isle of Lewis?

The isle of Lewis in the outer Hebrides is said to be the last place in Britain where the fourth commandment – Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy – is still strictly observed. But how has modern life changed attitudes to the Lord’s Day on this island of 20,000 people? They used to […]

Isle of Lewis Church of Scotland says no to gay clergy

Isle of Lewis Church of Scotland says no to gay clergy

Every Church of Scotland congregation on Lewis, the largest island in Scotland’s Outer Hebrides, is opposing moves to allow practising gay clergy being ordained as ministers. Lewis Presbytery, the body representing Church of Scotland congregations on the island, is already opposed to same-sex marriage because it is against biblical teaching. The Church of Scotland is […]

Perth man helping to run crisis-hit Harris church

Perth man helping to run crisis-hit Harris church

The Church of Scotland has pulled in a retired minister from Perth to help look after a crisis-hit congregation in the Hebrides. The Rev Colin Caskie, interim moderator of the Presbytery of Uist, travels 230 miles from his home to Harris once every couple of months to join worshippers at Tarbert Church which was recently torn […]

SSE Hydro in Glasgow

Scottish Jehovah’s Witnesses start preaching in Gaelic

They do not celebrate Christmas or Easter and are best known for their door-to-door evangelism and controversial teachings, including refusing blood transfusions. But now Jehovah’s Witnesses are embracing modern technology to bring Scots Gaelic speakers to the sect. Jehovah’s Witnesses, currently attending a 1000s-strong rally in Glasgow, are reaching out to Gaelic speakers by translating […]

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