Glasgow, West + Ayrshire

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Church youth worker struck off after kissing boy in his care

A church youth worker in a Big Brother project has been struck off the teaching register for kissing a child in his care. Christopher McTiernan was working as provisionally registered teacher with the project in Inverclyde when the incident involving the boy took place. He has been removed from the Register of Teachers after admitting […]

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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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Royal guest marks Abbey's 850th year

The Princess Royal visited Paisley Abbey to help celebrate the 850th anniversary of the historic landmark. Princess Anne attended a service which featured music especially composed for the event by the Abbey’s Director of Music, Dr George McPhee. Afterwards she met members of the Abbey’s 850th anniversary organising committee and unveiled a special commemorative plaque. […]

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St George's Tron: Minister told to quit manse

A minister and his wife have been told to quit a manse in a bitter fight for control of a historic church sparked by gay ordination. Legal proceedings have been started by the Church of Scotland against Rev Dr William Philip to seize back the landmark St George’s Tron Church in Glasgow. The action, sparked […]

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Church moderator leads milestone fun

Old Kilpatrick residents were joined by religious and political dignitaries last weekend to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the parish church. The Right Reverend Albert Bogle, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, was joined by locum minister Rev Alistair Ramage when he lead the special service to mark the momentous milestone. […]

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Giving thanks for 75 years

The pipes called residents to Williamwood church last weekend in celebration of 75 years at the heart of the community. The service of dedication for the parish church took place on June 20, 1937, following significant housing development which created a demand for churches in the previously rural area. Session clerk Margaret Robertson told The […]

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Arts festival set for Rutherglen church

An arts festival is set to take place at Burnside Blairbeth Church at the end of the month. Minister William Wilson revealed the variety of events the church has planned for the last week of October, highlights of which include a visit from ex-Manfred Mann singer Paul Jones. There will also be poetry readings, an […]

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Kirk seeks to wrest church from former congregation

A Church of Scotland presbytery is facing a potential legal battle with its former congregation over ownership of a Glasgow church. The congregation of St George’s Tron Church split from the Kirk in June over the ordination of openly gay ministers and has since been in talks over whether it can continue to worship there. […]

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Hope in a place of destitution

A disused church in Glasgow offers shelter and sustenance 
to penniless refugees, finds Anna Burnside. Tom Coles is surveying dinner ingredients. These are arranged along the front pew of a Glasgow church: a case of organic yoghurt, a plastic sack of dubious bananas, five large bags of rocket, two boxes of heritage potatoes, milk, yellow […]

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