Church Finance/Management

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Bishop demands greater share of offerings

One of Scotland’s Catholic bishops has asked for an increased share of parish collections to help cushion the impact of the economic downturn, writes Gerry Braiden. Bishop John Cunningham of Galloway has asked 10 of his parishes to increase the levy they pay to the diocese from 15% to 20%, with 15 smaller parishes asked […]

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Check your oil, churches told, as thieves target liquid assets

Churches are coming under a battery of attacks from thieves who are targeting not only lead and copper from the church roof, but also heating-oil from the tank. An increasing number of churches are finding that their heating system has broken down, and, when this is investigated, discover that fuel has been drained from the […]

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Salvation Army statement on Kettering Textiles

The Salvation Army became aware last week of a Guardian newspaper reporter who was writing about the commercial relationship between Salvation Army Trading Company (SATCoL) and its recycling partner Kettering Textiles (KT). The resulting articles (Monday Jan 31 2011) claimed that The Salvation Army is facing calls to explain the relationship from, among others, the […]

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Broughty Ferry cleric Jonathan Bower quits St Mary's Episcopal Church

A Dundee cleric has been forced out of his Broughty Ferry parish after concerns were raised over the running of the church, its finances, his controlling behaviour and the "poisoned" atmosphere among the congregation. A worshipper told The Courier that the Rev Jonathan Bower — who has been rector at St Mary’s Episcopal Church in […]

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Historic church hoping to build new future by demolishing hall

Bosses at an historic church are hoping to build a new future – by demolishing its popular hall and replacing it with a row of houses. Elderslie Kirk, which has a strong congregation and a regular Sunday attendance of 200 people, has applied to Renfrewshire Council for permission to knock down the church hall and […]

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Salvation Army called to account by charity watchdog

The UK’s charity fundraising regulator has asked the Salvation Army to explain revelations that it allowed a businessman to earn a multimillion-pound personal fortune from selling secondhand clothes donated to the cause. The Fundraising Standards Board has asked the Christian charity to investigate complaints that it may have misled its donors about the use of […]

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Modest Miss Bone, the teacher who left a fortune to charity

To her friends she was just an “incredibly modest” person who loved nothing more than tending plants in the garden at her Newton Mearns home. But Jenny Bone has amazed friends, relatives and charities after she left her £1.8 million fortune to good causes in Scotland. The former teacher, who died last year aged 102, […]

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ACTS invites tenders for future use of Scottish Churches House, due to close on July 15

Action of Churches Together in Scotland (ACTS) has confirmed that Scottish Churches House, the ecumenical conference centre in Dunblane founded in 1960 as ‘a place that the churches hold in common, and from which they develop their ministry and mission together’, will close on July 15, 2011. ACTS said staff had been kept fully informed […]

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ACTS agrees to close Scottish Churches House in Dunblane

Scottish Churches House, the ecumenical conference centre in Dunblane founded in 1960 as ‘a place that the churches hold in common, and from which they develop their ministry and mission together’, is to close. The facility is running at a substantial loss and yesterday an extraordinary members’ meeting of Action of Churches Together in Scotland […]

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Kirkcaldy Old Kirk Trust dismayed by sale of church items

Campaigners hoping to retain Kirkcaldy Old Kirk for future generations have said they are "disappointed and puzzled" by the Church of Scotland’s decision to sell off historic items from the former place of worship. OldKirk Members of the Kirkcaldy Old Kirk Trust are keen to see the building, which was consecrated in 1244, put to […]

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