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Church garden hosts an artistic response to Covid-19

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There is a new art installation at Mayfield Salisbury Parish Church embracing "hope and renewal" as restrictions continue to ease.The art piece is called Hope Glimmers and is made up of 126 eight-foot...

The General Assembly of the Church of Scotland induct Lord Wallace as Moderator

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Lord Wallace, the 66-year-old life peer from Orkney, is the second elder in modern times to take up the 12-month role and will speak out on issues important to the Church and its mission...

Moderators pay their personal tributes to Prince Philip

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Two former moderators of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland remember the Duke of Edinburgh.Very Rev Dr Lorna Hood, Chaplain-in-Ordinary to Her Majesty the Queen and former Moderator of the General Assembly...

The Church’s newest minister wants to be a high flier

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Church of Scotland minister, Fraser Edwards from Edinburgh, will be inducted into Innerleithen Traquair and Walkerburn Parish Church (ITW) this evening.He has plans to take the "care for creation" message to new heights...

Church of Scotland speaks out against planned legal action against government

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The Church of Scotland has issued a statement clarifying their stance on the possible legal action by some individuals against The Scottish Government.The action demands a Judicial Review of the latest coronavirus...

Church of Scotland to hold virtual General Assembly this year

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The Church of Scotland General Assembly for 2021 will be held online for the second year running.The annual event will begin on 22 May 2021 with commissioners and other attendees joining together remotely...

Church of Scotland makes significant contribution to Sarwar Foundation

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The Church of Scotland joins a number of organisations in making generous donations to a campaign providing Christmas presents for those children who are living in poverty.The church has made a £5,000 donation to...

Former Deputy First Minister to become Moderator

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A former Deputy First Minister of Scotland has been chosen to be the next Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland.The Rt Hon Lord Wallace of Tankerness QC (Jim Wallace) will...

Church of Scotland’s General Assembly is online today

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The Church of Scotland is holding its annual General Assembly online this weekend.You can watch live here.More than 730 commissioners are taking part in the first virtual event to discuss urgent issues and...

New Moderator installed in Edinburgh today

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Rt Rev Dr Martin Fair, a minister from Tayside, was officially installed as the new Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland.He will represent the Kirk at home and abroad for...

The Church of Scotland is open for business

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While church buildings remain closed during the Covid-19 pandemic, the Church of Scotland is very much open for business.The Moderator the Right Reverend Colin Sinclair is coming to the end of his tenure,...

Coronavirus – General Assembly of the Church of Scotland has been called off

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Due to the coronavirus epidemic the Church of Scotland has decided to cancel this year’s General Assembly which was due to open on 16 May 2020.This would have been the start of the new...

Fruit trees planted at Greyfriars in apple orchard project

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Greyfriars Kirk are taking part in a new ecumenical project to create an orchard in the churchyard.Yesterday after the usual church service they planted five fruit trees as part of Church and Community...

The Moderator’s Christmas message

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The Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland is Rt Rev Colin Sinclair who is minister at Palmerston Place Church. He has shared his thoughts about Christmas with us.“I think...

Defibrillators for every Church of Scotland parish in the capital

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The Presbytery of Edinburgh is investing £83,000 to buy 49 fully-automated defibrillators for the outside of its buildings across Edinburgh.The life-saving equipment will then be available for use by anyone 24 hours a day...

General Assembly 2019

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The General Assembly continues its week of meetings at New College on The Mound. Here are today's photographs.Thursday 23rd of May 2019: General Assembly of the Church of Scotland: Church of Scotland Military Chaplains...

Homeless shelter voted great success

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A Church of Scotland congregation in Edinburgh has converted one of its buildings into a care shelter for up to 75 rough sleepers. It provides a safe haven for men and women who are more...

Letter from Scotland

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Every so often it is good to get out of town and away from the cosy life of central Scotland. So a friend and I met up in Aviemore last Friday and climbed Bynack...

Easter message from the Moderator

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Easter is the heart of our faith. This is the heart of what we believe and why we believe. I suspect most of us could bear a little more hope, and laughter, and joy...

New minister at St Martin’s Church Portobello

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Rev Bill Wishart, 51, who is a member of the West Lothian Magic Circle, has been ordained  as a Church of Scotland minister and inducted into St Martin’s Church, Portobello. He has been an elder...

Moderator signs climate change statement

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The Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland the Rt Rev Dr Russell Barr has joined more than 250 international faith leaders to sign a joint statement.This document is designed to encourage governments...

Church name Edinburgh minister as next Moderator

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Edinburgh minister The Rev Dr Derek Browning has been nominated as the next Moderator of the General Assembly. He will be sworn in next May for the following twelve months.Dr Browning (54), minister at...

Moderator offers prayer for the new Prime Minister

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A prayer seeking good judgement for the new Prime Minister Theresa May and her newly appointed ministerial team has been contributed by the Moderator of the General Assembly.In his prayer, Rt Rev Dr Russell...

Church for people who don’t go to church 

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The Very Rev Albert Bogle has always been ahead of his time. Now he describes himself as a Pioneer Minister.At the @royalhighlandshow Just met The Very Rev Albert Bogle who is a Pioneer Minister!...

Queen’s Birthday Honours List – Principal of New College honoured

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A distinguished minister has been made an OBE for services to education, the arts and the Church of Scotland.The Rev Professor David Fergusson, the principal of New College at Edinburgh University, was recognised in...

Letter from Scotland

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The daffodils are still blooming, telling us that despite Easter being over, we are only at the beginning of spring. Like young lambs, the weather is skipping along, cheerful but unreliable. The same as...

Christians and Muslims in united effort to create ethical banking model

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The Church of Scotland and Islamic Finance Council UK have created a partnership approach to creating financial services which will be ethical and viable. Yesterday they held a conference to discuss ways to do this drawing...

Church of Scotland welcoming more new ministers this year

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The Church of Scotland is welcoming its largest number of trainee ministers in 5 years as it launches its new careers website www.tomorrowscalling.org. It is estimated that hundreds of parish ministers will reach retirement age in...

Edinburgh petition to end human trafficking

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Thousands of people in Edinburgh have signed a petition calling for an end to human trafficking, a practice commonly regarded as the equivalent of modern-day slavery.The Stop the Traffik initiative has been backed by...

Letter from Scotland

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The Church of Scotland found itself this week on the devil horns of a dilemma. No, I’m not referring to ministers in same-sex marriages or fracking or inequality or the plight of refugees –...

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