‘Church of Scotland urges young people to consider becoming ministers’ – STV

my_other_shirt_has_a_clerical_collar_t_shirt-r20f59066a0cf46f8adb76b29792d66bc_va6lr_512Church leaders have urged young people to consider becoming ministers in the Church of Scotland’s first social media Easter recruitment drive.

According to the Rt Rev Lorna Hood, more young people should “answer the call to ministry”, as she did when she was ordained at the age of 24.

Rev Hood is the first moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland to issue an Easter message on YouTube, Facebook and Twitter.

Commenting in the three-minute video, she talks of her own experience as a trainee minister in Canada where she was a pastor and preacher.

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‘One-in-four children think golden goose lays Easter eggs’ – The Telegraph

More than a quarter of children think the golden goose is part of the Easter story while a third do not know what Good Friday signifies, a new poll has found.

The survey, commissioned by the Bible Society, found that 28 per cent of children think the hare and tortoise fable may also feature in the Easter story.

The statistics on children’s declining religious knowledge were revealed as the Bible Society called on parents to help halt Britain’s declining Bible literacy.

The organisation is launching a free app to help parents share a Bible story with their children at bedtime to make such stories more relevant and entertaining for modern children.

Research conducted by YouGov for the Bible Society revealed that children are bewildered by the Easter story confusing it with other parts of the Bible, Aesop’s fables and even fairy tales.

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‘UK among most sceptical in world about religion’ – The Telegraph

ReligionThe British are among the most sceptical in the world about religion, a global study has found.

Just over a third of people in the UK believe religion has a positive role to play in our daily lives, compared to a global average of 59 per cent.

More than a quarter of Britons said they believe religious belief actually has a negative impact, while in countries like America and Hong Kong very few held this opinion.

The UK follows a trend in Western Europe to be sceptical of the role of religion, which is believed to be due to a greater acceptance of and number of people having secular beliefs.

Overall religion recorded a net positive score of just four per cent in Western Europe – less than the global score of 37 per cent positivity, and 33 per cent recorded in Eastern Europe.

Britons ranked religion as just six per cent positive overall.

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‘Funds lost as wealthy churches quit in new gay protest’ – Anglican Mainstream/The Herald

church-of-scotland-emblemTWO of the wealthiest Church of ­Scotland congregations are quitting the Kirk just weeks before the General Assembly over the issue of gay ordination.

The move is a new cash blow with the two congregations contributing £315,000 between them to the Church.

One of the congregations has already left, with the second negotiating terms.

The departure of St Catherine’s Argyle, in the leafy Grange district of Edinburgh, and New Restalrig in Willowbrae, also in the Scottish capital, comes as almost 1000 key figures are due to gather for the annual meeting of the Church in the city in May.

The two confirmed breakaway congregations are in the “higher givings bracket” and so among the wealthiest in terms of donations.

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‘First Christian convert in tribe that killed Jim Elliot and four other missionaries dies’ – Christian Today

Dayuma Caento, the first Christian member of the Waodani tribe in Ecuador – a group made famous for killing Jim Elliot and four other missionaries in 1956 – has died, aged around 80.

The Waodani language community, also known as the Huaorani, were once one of the most violent known people groups on earth, who regularly practised homicide and fiercely defended their territory against those wishing to exploit the rich Amazonian land.

In 1955, Dayuma – who had escaped from the tribe to live with the Quechuas, another indigenous ethnic group – met Elliot, Nate Saint and other missionaries from the US who felt called by God to share Christ’s teaching with the Waodani. Dayuma then began teaching them the hidden language of her people.

The Americans were thus able to initiate contact with the elusive tribespeople, first by dropping gifts down from a plane flown by Saint, who was a pilot, and later establishing a camp not far from the Waodani settlement.

In January 1956, however, the five men were killed by members of the tribe as they approached them in person for the first time with the hopes of sharing the Gospel.

Read the rest and watch the astonishing video testimony of Mincaye Enquedi here

‘Edinburgh churches quit Kirk over gay ordination’ – Edinburgh Evening News

church-of-scotland-emblemTWO Edinburgh churches are quitting the Kirk just weeks before the General Assembly over the issue of gay ordination.

The departure of St Catherine’s Argyle, in the Grange, and New Restalrig in Willowbrae, comes on the eve of the annual meeting of the Church in the city next month.

Their departure will be a major blow to the Church’s finances with the two congregations contributing £315,000 between them to the coffers.

The two confirmed breakaway congregations are in the “higher givings bracket” and so among the wealthiest in terms of donations.

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