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Martin Johnstone

Martin Johnstone: Power to the People

The Church of Scotland’s Priority Areas Secretary, Martin Johnstone, on community activis. Growing up in the 1970s, Power to the People was more a pop song (John Lennon) or Wolfie’s catchphrase (Citizen Smith) than a political statement. I have been heartened in recent days by the fact that a number of politicians – from both […]

Team from William Hunter House in Glasgow

Salvation Army lifehouses kick-start campaign for Commonwealth Games homestay programme

Budding footballers at homeless centres across Scotland have come together to promote a scheme aimed at helping athletes’ families and volunteers find a place to stay during the Commonwealth Games. Around 100 homeless men and women took part in a football tournament in Glasgow on Friday to kick-start a fundraising campaign for the Athlete Family […]

Viewing children's art at St Martin’s Community Resource Centre.

Edinburgh Episcopal church has faith in its makeover

Edinburgh church, St Martin of Tours, is being given a major overhaul to provide a vibrant community space to everyone from youth groups and church goers to recovering addicts. St Martin’s Community Resource Centre, off Dalry Road, is undergoing a 21st century makeover. The B-listed building originally served as a Baptist church before an Episcopalian […]


Churches join forces to launch Erskine’s first foodbank

An SOS has been issued for people to make much-needed donations to a new foodbank. The Erskine facility is the third foodbank to be opened in Renfrewshire, following in the footsteps of similar projects in Paisley and Johnstone. Councillor Sam Mullin joined members of Erskine Baptist, Erskine Nazerene and Erskine Parish churches as they opened […]

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Obituary: Ruth Sinclair MBE, children’s charity volunteer

Born: 27 September, 1927, in Edinburgh. Died: 22 March, 2014, in Edinburgh, aged 86. Ruth Sinclair was a pocket dynamo whose determination to help vulnerable youngsters became a lifelong passion. She championed and served the charity now known as Children 1st for the vast majority of her adult life, from fundraising for its League of […]

Angela Wells

Small business incubation launches at Edinburgh church

Hope’s Garden is an aromatherapy small business set up and run by qualified therapist Angela Wells. It is part of a wider small business incubation initiative at the City of Edinburgh Methodist Church called The Dream Factory, which will have its official launch later in the year. Hope’s Garden is the pioneering business for the […]

Rev Alexander Webster

The Kirk, cashing in pensions, the Baby Boomers inheritance tax, and the bad maths of student fees

In 1744, two Church of Scotland ministers, Robert Wallace and Alexander Webster, considered the consequences of premature death among their fellow clergy, writes Peter Wilby. They decided that dependants could be provided with annual incomes or annuities if ministers paid yearly premiums during their lifetimes and the money was invested. They just had to get […]

Daniel and Becky Frank

North East Glasgow investment set to reap rewards

A husband and wife duo from the United States, via the Middle East, have brought their pioneering spirit to the North East of Glasgow which has seen a run-down church building transform into an innovative community facility. Daniel Frank, a minister in the Balornock/Barmulloch area of the city, and his wife Becky have been in […]

Charities to highlight growing demand for food banks to MSPs

Charities to highlight growing demand for food banks to MSPs

Requests for parcels from food banks have increased by more than half since welfare reforms were brought in, according to a charity. The Trussell Trust is one of six organisations which will give evidence to MSPs on Tuesday. The Red Cross and local voluntary groups are also expected to describe the extent of the social […]

Police investigate abuse allegations at church care home for vulnerable kids

Police investigate abuse allegations at church care home for vulnerable kids

A church care home for vulnerable children is at the centre of an abuse probe. Detectives are investigating claims that four youngsters were attacked at the Church of Scotland’s Mallard home in Glasgow’s Springburn. Officers launched the probe after a dad claimed his son, who is now an adult, had been one of the victims. […]

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