Church Finance/Management

Bonhill Church funeral cash thief walks free

A heartless thief who stole charity cash from a funeral has walked free from court. Diane McPherson pretended to be a family member to get her hands on donations that relatives and friends had made at the funeral of John McLauchlan at Bonhill Church. Dumbarton Sheriff Court heard that she then spent the majority of […]

Ministry cuts hit four West Dunbartonshire churches

Four churches in West Dunbartonshire are set for change in a move to cut ministry costs. St Andrew’s Church in Bellsmyre is to form a linkage with Old Kilpatrick/Bowling Church, while Bonhill and Renton Trinity (pictured) churches are also to link. The process means that while the congregations will remain independent, they will share a […]

Glasgow Cathedral: shock at new choirmaster's past

The man chosen to replace a choirmaster accused of a sexual liaison in Glasgow Cathedral‘s grounds was barred from the school he taught at after a female pupil stayed at his home, it has emerged. The cathedral’s director of music, Richard Pratt, was disciplined by the General Teaching Council of England (GTCE) after he admitted […]

Ardeer Parish will shut after 117 years in operation

After operating as a place of worship in the Three Towns for more than a century the bell finally tolls for Ardeer Parish Church after the presbytery announced the closure of the building this week. Some parishioners feel as though they have been given the cold shoulder from the church, which has been a pillar […]

New seating stands out, says Chartres at chair awards

“If those pews reclined, and the priests gave the football scores, I’d go to church every Sunday.” So said the American comedian George Lopez. While this vision may not quite have been realised, the winners of the Church of England’s competi­tion Design a Church Chair! have at least recognised that there is a great deal […]

Church of Scotland official Dr Steve Mallon resigns after audit

A senior figure in the Church of Scotland has resigned, BBC Scotland has learned. A spokesman for the Kirk confirmed that Dr Steven Mallon, secretary of the mission and discipleship council, had left his post. He said it was for personal reasons and there would be no further comment. In a further statement the Church […]


Berwickshire churches get temporary reprieve

The six Berwickshire churches facing possible closure have been given a temporary reprieve as Duns Presbytery responds to over 200 letters and emails received after congregations were consulted about the proposals. Instead of going ahead with closing the doors on Whitsome, Paxton, Leitholm, Burnmouth, Westruther and Longformacus and ceasing Sunday services at Fogo and Ladykirk, […]


Galashiels kirks may link up after minister moves

The departure of a Church of Scotland minister in Galashiels could pave the way for the linkage of the town’s three congregations. That scenario, driven by a falling numbers of worshippers and the high cost of maintaining buildings, was considered at a recent meeting of the Presbytery of Melrose and Peebles which is committed to […]


Berwick churches facing closure

Berwick’s St Andrew’s Wallace Green and Lowick Church of Scotland will be linked with three congregations from Berwickshire under a plan prepared by the Duns Presbytery. At a recent meeting, details of the proposal were revealed by Anne Inglis, business committee convenor, who was accompanied by the clerk, Helen Longmuir. Under the scheme, the north […]


Falkirk’s churches get down to to dealing with budget

Plans to cut the number of ministers could lead to church closures, parishioners have been warned. Falkirk Presbytery is one of the last districts in the country to implement changes imposed by the Church of Scotland’s governing body. The General Assembly last year backed plans to reduce the number of ministers nationally from 1200 to […]

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