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Alpha course at Peterhead church

Alpha course at Peterhead church

A Peterhead church is launching a community wide initiative for anyone keen to find out more about Christianity in a relaxed and welcoming environment. The Alpha Course commences at Apex Church at 7 pm on Tuesday, January 9 and will run weekly until March 27. Alpha is a series of sessions exploring life, meaning and […]

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 […]

Saint John Ogilvie

Historic Moray saint commemorated in Keith celebration

People from across Scotland will converge a Moray town next month to pay tribute to Scotland’s first saint in more than 700 years in the town of his birth. Keith-born St John Ogilvie was martyred in 1615 and will be celebrated with a family fun day to commemorate the 400th anniversary of his death. The […]

Dave Thompson

Highland MSP opens up about his own drink problem following Charles Kennedy death

A Highland MSP has opened up about his problem drinking following the death of former Liberal Democrat leader Charles Kennedy. Dave Thompson admitted he had suffered from an “unhealthy” relationship with alcohol and was a “habitual heavy drinker”. The Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch SNP MSP has now been teetotal for 15 years. He said his life […]

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 Ian and Heather Ferguson

Aberdeenshire Episcopalian community celebrates completion of new church

An Aberdeenshire community will gather today to celebrate the completion of their £2.3million church. A special dedication service will be held at Westhill Community Church to formally mark the completion of the project. The building, at Broadshade on the Old Skene Road, houses a 370-seat sanctuary, a cafe, a dedicated youth room, administration rooms and […]

The Italian Chapel in Orkney

Worldwide response to Orkney Italian Chapel thefts

An appeal for information following the theft of religious artefacts from the famous Italian Chapel in Orkney has attracted a world-wide response. Members of the public have now helped reduce the timeline of when the thieves struck and stole three hand-carved plaques depicting the story of Christ’s journey to the cross. The theft from the […]

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