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Yellow-billed hornbill, Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe by Robert W Fisher
St Kane’s Church, New Deer by Alasdair Brodie
Tail fluke of blue whale, Indian Ocean, south of Mirissa by Susan Gordon
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EDITORIAL
From The Editor
THE month of the General Assembly of the Church of
PRAYER
Untitled
Father teach us how to pray. It is so easy
LETTERS
LETTERS
I read with interest Thomas Baldwin’s excellent article apropos mental
QUESTION
The Big Question
This month’s question is: ‘What do you like about church?’
COMMENT
‘The spiritual is in the material’
Ron Ferguson considers the vulnerability of the body
A surprise conversion
The Very Rev Albert Bogle explains how social media offers the opportunity to live out the Gospel
COVER
Sowing the seeds of peace in South Sudan
Thomas Baldwin reports on the man-made crisis which has led to famine in the world's newest country – and of the seeds of hope being planted for the future by the Church of Scotland
ASSEMBLY
General Assembly 2017
Thomas Baldwin offers a summary of some of the reports to this year's General Assembly of the Church of Scotland
General Assembly 2017* Business timetable
4 Commission to the High Commissioner to be read, and
Assembly Fringe 2017
Have your cake and eat it at CrossReach’s Fringe Event
Heart and Soul 2017
Neil MacLennan looks ahead to the centrepiece celebration of Assembly Sunday
PROFILE
All are welcome
Lynne McNeil meets the Rev Dr Derek Browning, Moderator-Designate to the 2017 General Assembly of the Church of Scotland
FEATURE
Libraries welcome for General Assembly visitors
Christine Love-Rodgers offers an invitation to visit the historic collections of New College Library in Edinburgh
‘Behind every number is a name’
Jackie Macadam looks at the work of Christian Aid as the charity’s fundraising week approaches and explains why its work is needed more than ever
SERIES
The ‘New Guild’
In the continuing series on the Church of Scotland Guild, Lynne McNeil focuses on the Guild of Crown Court Church in London which has adapted to changing circumstances
A place of renewal
John R Hume considers the history of Motherwell with a focus on the town’s Dalziel St Andrew’s Parish Church
NEWS
Government funding for church-backed enterprise charity
Thomas Baldwin reports on the success of a charity supported by the Church which has attracted government funding
LIFE AND WORK DIGITAL EDITION
The magazine of our Church has this month entered a
CYCLE PILGRIMAGE
Several Church of Scotland churches will be hosting a bike
LAY PERSON APPOINTED COMMUNITY LEADER
A lay person will lead the Iona Community for the
PRINCIPAL CLERK DESIGNATE ANNOUNCED
The Church of Scotland has announced the selection of the
FAITH LEADERS CONDEMN LONDON ATTACK
Five representatives of Christian and Muslim faith communities in Scotland
FORTH BRIDGE ABSEIL TO RAISE FUNDS FOR CROSSREACH
For many involved in the life of the Church of
CHRISTIANS URGED TO SHARE THEIR FAITH
The Church of Scotland is urging members to share how
PARISH NEWS
NEW CROSS
Members of the Guild of Saltcoats: St Cuthbert's Church are
WEDDING DRESS EXHIBITION
Almost 100 wedding dresses were on display at St Michael’s
HISTORIC ABBEY CELEBRATES 800th ANNIVERSARY
Culross Abbey in Fife kicked off a year of 800th
WALKING FOR BABY MONITOR
A Fife minister, his wife and two friends tackled the
LONG SERVICE
Two elders at Lylesland Parish Church in Paisley were presented
MARIE CURIE TEA
Duntocher Trinity Guild, in the Presbytery of Dumbarton, held their
CALL TO PRAYER
The Presbytery of Moray held a service of Praise, Prayer
FUNDRAISING FOR GIRAFFE
Scone Boys’ Brigade raised £278 for Giraffe, a Perth-based not-for-profit
Life on a food parcel
Thomas Baldwin describes how a deacon and her husband raised funds for a local foodbank
WORLD NEWS
LEBANESE CHURCHES FACE REFUGEES CHALLENGE
March 15 marked the sixth year since the start of
CHRISTIAN REFUGEES UNDER PRESSURE
World Watch Monitor has heard from reliable sources that the
REFORMATION EVENTS BRING CHURCHES CLOSER
The Joint Catholic-Lutheran Commemoration of the Reformation cohosted by The
STUDY
Climbing the Stairs
In the second part of a series considering people on the move, the Rev Richard Baxter reflects on the story of Jacob
REVIEWS
HEBRIDEAN HEROINES
Nursing nostalgia has been placed firmly in the spotlight, thanks
WE’LL SAY THE BLESSING
A Gathering of Illustrated Graces and Ephemera
MEDITATION
Pilgrimage through life
The Rev Lezley Stewart introduces herself to readers and hopes they will be the beginning of a ‘shared conversation’