January News from the Church of Scotland

Our Church: we hear from Martin's Memorial Church, Stornoway  
Church of Scotland
January 2018
  My ministry with Ashley Johnston  

“I get to come to work, do something I love, make great relationships with the young people and their families and share God’s love with those I meet.”

We catch-up with Children, Youth and Family Worker Ashley Johnston, who is based in the parishes of Pardovan, Kingscavil and Winchburgh linked with Abercorn.


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  Our Church: Martin's Memorial Church, Stornoway  

"We believe the message of the gospel is relevant to young people and that they can thrive in being part of a community that nurtures and challenges them on how they choose to live their lives."

As we launch the Church of Scotland's 2018 Year of Young People, we hear from Martin's Memorial Church, Stornoway on the Isle of Lewis about how a decade of work has developed a thriving community of young people at the church.


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  Kirk appoints first ever dedicated 'farming minister'  

The Church of Scotland has appointed its first ever dedicated 'farming minister' to help support people in the hard-pressed agricultural industry.

Rev Chris Blackshaw visits farms across Ayrshire to provide spiritual and family support and counselling. He will also encourage people to buy local produce.


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  Kirk launches new official tartan  

The Church of Scotland has unveiled its own distinct tartan to celebrate its enduring role as the country’s national Kirk.

Each of the five colours is associated with the liturgical calendar and our Christian tradition as well as to the nation of Scotland. 


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  Knighthood for former Moderator  

A distinguished Church of Scotland minister with “outstanding gifts of intellect and leadership” has been given a knighthood in the New Year Honours list.

Very Reverend Professor Iain Torrance has been honoured for his service to the Church, theological education, interfaith dialogue, the British Army and work to combat homophobia.


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  Launch of the Year of Young People 2018  

Here we are at the start of 2018 - Scotland's Year of Young People. We're celebrating the Church of Scotland's engagement with children and young people and looking forward to the many exciting initiatives within congregations, churches, and presbyteries, throughout 2018.

On Sunday 28 January churches up and down the country will hold a Year of Young People Service, encouraging children and young people to be involved.


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  Minister scoops Woman of the Year award  

A Kirk minister has been named Woman of the Year at a prestigious awards ceremony.

Rev Aquila Singh said she was stunned and humbled to be recognised at the 12th Scottish Asian and Business Awards in Glasgow.


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Rev Neil and rev Mike Watson
  Kirk members brave sub-zero temperatures to raise awareness of homelessness  

Around 1,500 people connected to the Church of Scotland took part in the world’s biggest sleepout to raise awareness of homelessness.

They came to Edinburgh from across Scotland and braved sub-zero temperatures to bed down in Princes Street Gardens on Saturday 9 December as part of Sleep in the Park.


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  Festive big band concert raises £1,500 to tackle HIV and AIDS  

Revellers in Hamilton blew away the winter chill at a unique concert and raised more than £1,500 to help people living with HIV and AIDS.

The Heart and Soul Swing Band held its first ever “Christmas Swing-Along” at St John’s Parish Church on Sunday 17 December.


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