Glasgow, West + Ayrshire

Priest bungee jumps in Scottish Highlands for persecuted Church

A priest took a leap of faith with a difference when he performed a bungee jump in the Highlands of Scotland to raise money for persecuted and other suffering Christians around the world. Fr Paul Morton, parish priest of St Bride’s in Cambuslang, near Glasgow, made the jump on the Feast of the Sacred Heart (Friday […]


Free Kirk's Coatbridge induction date is set

The Coatbridge congregation of the Free Church of Scotland last night met with the Presbytery of Glasgow and Argyll and signed a call to the Reverend Ivor MacDonald. Mr MacDonald, who was previously a minister in the Church of Scotland, was present and accepted the call there and then. The induction service has been set […]


Troubled cathedral in new row

A cathedral at the centre of bullying allegations has been criticised for failing to do enough when “threatening and intimidating emails” were sent to a female chorister. Glasgow Cathedral is mired in controversy after former choirmaster Iain Simcock was dismissed after claims he had a sexual liaison with a woman in the graveyard. Now a […]


Cambuslang church to host new Alzheimer cafe

THE second meeting of Cambuslang’s new support group for people with dementia and their carers is to take place later this week. Cambuslang Parish Church, in association with Alzheimer Scotland, has set up the group to give sufferers in the town support, taking their cue from similar successful organisations which are currently running in Rutherglen […]


Much-loved minister Alasdair Cameron passes away

Church-goers were left devastated yesterday by the sudden death of a popular minister. The Reverend Alasdair Cameron, minister at Paisley’s Sherwood Greenlaw Church, died suddenly at the manse on Sunday. The fact that he was due to start enjoying his retirement in September has worsened the impact of his tragic death. Mr Cameron, who was […]


Priest helps police catch rogue roofing firm after being conned out of £10k

A priest ripped off by a rogue roofing gang helped police catch them with a dossier of photos and details. Monsignor Henry Docherty – a friend of Pope Benedict XVI – was approached by Allan McAllister and three other men while standing in his driveway. They pretended they knew him through church circles and persuaded […]

Glasgow kirk becomes first to withdraw from Church of Scotland over gay clergy

A kirk has become the first to split from the Church of Scotland over gay clergy. St George’s Tron Church, in Glasgow city centre, said they had weighed up the decision for more than a year. Last year, the Kirk’s General Assembly voted to accept gay clergy provided they had declared their sexuality and were […]


Church offers communities the chance to thrive

The Church of Scotland has launched a radical partnership regeneration programme in some of the country’s poorest areas. Eight communities have been selected as local partners in the project, entitled Chance to Thrive, from 19 submissions of interest from throughout Scotland. The pilot, which is expected to last five years, will combine the knowledge, needs […]


'Half-dressed' Cathedral choirmaster sacked over allegations he had 'sexual relations' with woman in graveyard

A cathedral choirmaster has been dismissed after he was caught canoodling with a woman in the graveyard after a recital. Iain Simcock, 47, is accused by his bosses of being ‘partially dressed and having sexual relations’ with the woman in her 30s. He insists he was merely sitting on the grass with his girlfriend and […]


Deacon’s pervert son preys on church girls

The son of a deacon yesterday admitted preying on schoolgirls at his church. Craig Downie, 29, targeted the youngsters over a two-year period. Plumber Downie made lewd remarks to one of the girls before forcing her to kiss him. He lured another young church member into his car before groping her. Downie, of Paisley, is […]

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