Free Church of Scotland

Rev David Robertson

Free Church minister calls for ‘sensible’ building discussions with Kirk following Broughty Ferry split

A Free Church minister in Dundee has urged the Church of Scotland to come to a sensible arrangement over the use of redundant church buildings as the minister and members from a Broughty Ferry congregation are set to become the latest to leave the national church. Earlier this week Rev Alberto de Paula, Kirk minister […]

Ian White

Pioneering open air event at Loch Ness returns

Rock Ness may be cancelled, but the Drumnadrochit churches are pleased to announce that their pioneering ‘Picnic and Praise’ event on the shores of Loch Ness will return this summer. Last year over 350 people attended the inaugural gathering on the grounds of the historic Urquhart Castle for a time of informal worship. The Historic […]

Free Church of Scotland settles with crash boy's parents

Free Church of Scotland settles with crash boy’s parents

Legal action taken against the Free Church of Scotland by the parents of a Peruvian boy who died on a trip to Scotland has been settled. Gianmarco Peschiera, 14, and Carlos Gonzales, 15, died when the car they were in crashed into a parked lorry on the A9 at Inverness in July 2006. The church […]

Rev Dr John Ross

Former church leader: children’s guardian plan is ‘a snooper’s charter’

Controversial plans to appoint a specific guardian for every child have been branded a “snooper’s charter” by a former church leader. The Rev Dr John Ross, a former moderator of the Free Church of Scotland, said plans to have a named person for every single youngster were “the sort of thing we would expect in […]

Rev David Robertson

Churches denounce law that legalizes same-sex marriage in Scotland

The main churches in Scotland have all spoken out against the legalizing of same-sex marriage by lawmakers in the Scottish Parliament on Tuesday. Although Members of the Scottish Parliament passed the Marriage and Civil Partnership Bill by 105 votes to 18, the Scotsman newspaper reported that the action was marked by acrimony as attempts to […]

Evangelicals seek reassurances from Church of Scotland over religious observance

Evangelicals seek reassurances from Church of Scotland over religious observance

A group for evangelicals in the Church of Scotland has asked for clarification over a controversial partnership with humanists to change the name of religious observance in schools to a ‘Time for Reflection’. ‘Forward Together‘ has investigated concerns that the Church of Scotland, in partnership with the Humanist Society Scotland, is promoting the elimination of […]

Rev Ian Watson

Free Church welcomes Kirk defectors from Kirkmuirhill congregation

The Free Church of Scotland today responded to news that half of one of the Church of Scotland’s biggest congregations in South Lanarkshire have indicated that they intend to join the denomination. Last week Kirkmuirhill Parish Church balloted its 280 membership roll about its future affiliation, with 135 deciding to leave. The congregation regularly attracts […]

Rev Ian Watson

Church of Scotland minister steps down over gay row

The Church of Scotland has suffered a further blow in the row over openly gay clergy when another parish minister announced he was quitting, along with half the congregation. The Rev Ian Watson said yesterday he would resign from the Kirkmuirhill parish, near Lanark in South Lanarkshire, at the end of the month. It is […]

Church of Scotland: We're not suggesting an end to religious observance in schools

Church of Scotland: We’re not suggesting an end to religious observance in schools

Church of Scotland officials have branded claims that they are proposing an end to religious observance in schools as “misleading”, asserting that the Church is merely supporting a change in terminology to reflect government guidelines already in effect. Earlier this week Christian Today reported that the Church of Scotland was partnering with the Scottish Humanist […]


Kirk and humanists say all school visitors must sign ‘equality and diversity’ agreement

A Free Church of Scotland minister has said that the Church of Scotland’s joint efforts with the Humanist Society Scotland to remove Christian worship from schools is “a far bigger crisis” than the five-year debate over gay ministers. Representatives from both organisations say that Christian worship and prayers in schools should be banned in favour […]

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