Good News

Good News – July 2011

The Church of Scotland has joined the world of social media with an official Facebook page (www.facebook.com/churchofscotland) and Twitter account (@churchscotland). This is one of the news items on the latest edition of the Kirk’s Good News bulletin. If you are a user of these social media sites then why not add the Church of Scotland to your list of favourites? There is also a Youtube page (www.youtube.com/churchscotland) but this looks to be still at the embryonic stage.
Also in the newsletter is an invitation to take part in The Big Blether. Dr Steve Mallon, Mission and Discipleship Council Secretary, said:
“We are keen to hear peoples’ views on how they understand the word ‘mission’ today. In the 21st Century, post-modern, post-Christian, disconnected and connected world that we all live in how can the Church of Scotland engage with the 90 per cent of people who have nothing to do with any of the churches? We want to hear views on three key elements of congregational life: worship, witness and discipleship. We want to re-imagine the understanding and practice of these elements so that we can do them in ways that will stand a chance of being noticed by the people to whom we are currently invisible.”
The Council is eager to connect and engage with people and get your views, experiences and perspectives. To join the discussion visit http://www.bigblether.net and have your say on issues such as:
How accessible is the church to new people? and
What could we be doing to get more people through the door?
Elsewhere in the newsletter, the Right Reverend David Arnott, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, gives his views on the recent (current?) phone-hacking scandal, welcomes the UK Government’s decision on the 1994 Chinook helicopter crash on the Mull of Kintyre and reports on the launch of The People’s Bible project in Edinburgh. Read the latest edition of the newsletter at Good News – July 2011

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Good News – May 2011

The May 2011 edition of the monthly ‘Good News’ bulletin reports on a celebration to marking the anniversary of a twinning between Lothian Presbytery of the Church of Scotland and the Diocese of the Eastern Himalaya of the Church of North India. There is also news of a handbell-ringing seminar taking place at Dunblane Cathedral in June and a look back at an innovative conference held recently by Stirling Presbytery.
You can read the full newsletter at Good News May 2011

Good News – April 2011

The April 2011 edition of the Good News bulletin from the Church of Scotland contains news that two churches in Fife are to mark the 400th anniversary of the publishing of the King James (Authorised) Version of the Bible by attempting to read the whole Bible (all 66 Books of it!) in seven days. Also news that Crossreach – the social care arm of the Church of Scotland, which is Scotland’s largest voluntary social care organisation – has welcomed a new multi-million-pound Scottish Government fund to help improve the lives of the nation’s most vulnerable children.
These stories, and more, can be read from Good News April 2011

Good News – March 2011

The March 2011 edition of the Church of Scotland’s Good News magazine has details of an innovative new counselling project opened in the Lothians by Crossreach, the social care arm of the kirk. The ABBA project, as it is called, is a holistic approach to the treatment of anger, bullying, bereavement and abuse (ABBA).
Good News also has an article about the Church’s position on gambling and on the Trident nuclear deterrent. Read the full newsletter at Good News – March 2011