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Six decades of friendship and prayer in Fife town

Six decades of friendship and prayer in Fife town

The town of Leslie has a long and varied history dating back many centuries when it comes to places of worship. A ‘place of worship’ for those from Prinlaws and Walkerton is estimated to date back to as far as the 1400s while other churches have existed within the community from the 17th and 18th […]

St Bridget’s Kirk, Dalgety

‘Nationally important’ church spray-painted by vandals

A 12th century church has been targeted by vandals. St Bridget’s Kirk, Dalgety, was spray painted in the latest attack, as a national heritage charity has called residents to help protect the nationally-important monument. Historic Environment Scotland said there have been a number of reported incidents. Richard Aitken, of Historic Environment Scotland, said: “Mindless vandalism […]

£150,000 grant for Dundee’s Gate Church charity

The Scottish Government has backed the work of a Dundee charity with a £150,000 grant that will enable it to keep helping people across the city. Since October 2013, Gate Church International has been leading a major carbon-saving project in the West End. It has already invested more than £270,000 to help local residents identify […]

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Councillor branded ‘immature and embarrassing’ by Rev David Robertson over Caitlyn Jenner tweet

A formal complaint has been made to the SNP after a Dundee councillor was accused of mocking Christianity in an online spat. Senior SNP member Gregor Murray has been accused by the Rev David Robertson of using “hate speech” and “derogatory” language in a “deeply offensive” attack on the Free Church of Scotland. But the […]

Bishop Stephen Robson

Little Sisters of the Poor care home in Dundee saved by church

A Dundee care home which faced closure due to a shortage of nuns to run it has been saved. The Little Sisters of the Poor announced last year that they were unable continue their mission at the Wellburn Care Home after 152 years. However, the Little Sisters have verbally accepted an offer from the Diocese […]

Rev Scott Burton

‘Time for someone to say it’: Tayside minister warns lack of interest is killing the church

An outspoken and wide-ranging attack has been made on members who fail to attend for worship or offer financial support to their churches. The Rev Scott Burton, minister at St Matthew’s Kirk in Perth, said: “I have no reason to believe anything other than the fact that it’s only going to get worse in the next decade. […]

St Matthew's, Perth, at night

‘Iconic’ Perth church gets £100,000 cash boost

A historic Perth church, which has been described as “iconic,” has received a funding pledge from the council of £100,000 over two financial years. Members of Perth and Kinross Council’s Perth Common Good Fund committee passed an amendment this week, when they agreed to award £50,000 to St Matthew’s Church of Scotland by the end […]

School bans Christian book after humanist complaint

School bans Christian book after humanist complaint

A Scripture Union book designed to help with the move to secondary school has been banned at a Scottish school after humanists complained it could “distress” pupils. Robert Douglas Memorial School in Scone, Perthshire, decided to stop handing out the book to primary school leavers after a complaint from one humanist parent. The move was […]

Little Sisters of the Poor to leave Dundee care home

The Little Sisters of the Poor have announced they will be leaving Dundee in 2015 due to a lack of new nuns joining the order. The existing members feel “unable to continue their mission” at the Wellburn Care Home, which they operate. Negotiations to find a new operator for the care home are ongoing. The […]

Parishioners prayers answered over turbine plan

Parishioners prayers answered over turbine plan

Residents of a rural Angus community have had their prayers answered over a controversial wind power development. Locogen had applied to put up a 77-metre turbine near Carmyllie’s 17th century church. Local authority planning officers had recommended the development standards committee approve the proposal but a vote found in the favour of objectors. The congregation […]

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