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Locals raise £500,000 and save historic church

After five years of loving restoration and fundraising by the local community, in which a further £245,000 was contributed by Historic Scotland, the church is about to be re-entered by its congregation. Dunlop Parish Church, with its striking 60ft tower, sits at the entrance of the East Ayrshire village, standing on a sacred site stretching […]

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Laughing on his private jet – the £93m pastor accused of exploiting British worshippers

A church run by a controversial multi-millionaire African preacher has been accused of ‘cynical exploitation’ after its British branch received £16.7 million in donations from followers who were told that God would give them riches in return. Winners’ Chapel is part of a worldwide empire of evangelical ministries run by Nigeria’s wealthiest preacher David Oyedepo, who […]

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Church 'hit by mis-selling of Scots bank'

A church is claiming more than £100,000 in damages from the Clydesdale Bank over claims it was unable to sell a property after allegedly being mis-sold a controversial interest-rate swap agreement (IRSA) on its loan. Destiny Church Trust, which runs social action programmes in many of Scotland’s poorest communities from its Glasgow base, claims it […]

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Glasgow church turns to the sun to slash energy bills

St Robert Bellarmine’s Parish Church in Glasgow has become the third church in the Archdiocese of Glasgow to install solar PV in order to combat rising energy bills as well cut down their utility bills. Renewable energy installer, Absolute Solar and Wind, designed and installed the 120-module system, which is thought to be the largest […]

Edinburgh Baptists raise £1.3m in just two weeks to buy 'iconic' former kirk

Charlotte Baptist Chapel in Edinburgh’s Rose Street  has secured pledges of more than £1.3 million from its 600 regular worshippers so that the 200-year-old congregation can take over the former St George’s West Church of 
Scotland building in 
Shandwick Place. Now the chapel plans to put the Rose Street building up for sale with a […]

Cambuslang minister Hilary McDougall is new congregational facilitator for Glasgow Presbytery

Cambuslang Parish Church has said a fond farewell to its associate minister. Rev Hilary McDougall has moved on to become the congregational facilitator in the Presbytery of Glasgow, where she will be responsible for: Communication between congregations, their office-bearers and groups of congregations, to promote effective and creative participation in the revision of the Presbytery […]

Glasgow Cathedral chiefs sack new choirmaster over school ban

A church choir chief drafted in after the former boss was axed in a sex scandal has been given the boot. Richard Pratt (pictured) replaced Iain Simcock, 47, as choirmaster at Glasgow Cathedral after he was sacked over an alleged romp in the graveyard. But when Church of Scotland bosses took him on last month, […]

Catholic church in Kilmarnock faces radical upheaval

A Kilmarnock priest is calling for calm after proposals to half the number of parishes in the town were made public. A document called Embracing Change has been produced in response to a time of ‘radical upheaval’ in the RC church and calls for the number of parishes in Kilmarnock to be cut from four […]

Church of Scotland puts 10 properties on the market

The Church of Scotland will raise more than £610,000 selling off unused buildings across Dumfries & Galloway. The money could be generated if buyers snap up 10 properties currently up for sale. Of eight former churches being sold, four are currently under offer and a closing date has been slapped on another. The red sandstone […]

Cost-cutting threat to Stewartry church

The Roman Catholic Church of The Resurrection in Riverbank, Gatehouse, is one of three buildings at risk according to a document sent out to parishes across the Galloway Diocese. The report, entitled “Embracing Change”, states that the “present number of properties cannot be sustained” and points to a decreasing number of active clergy, falling number […]

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