Central to the Church of Scotland is our love and worship of God through following the teachings and examples of Jesus Christ. We express our love for God by our love and practical care for each other and for those we live with and encounter in our daily lives.
Church of Scotland Parish churches play a crucial part across a range of communities, from remote villages to deprived urban areas where shops, banks, schools and other institutions have disappeared.
Pastoral care of anyone within our area is an essential part of Christ’s calling to the Church, particularly in times of need. As part of their caring task, local churches also aim to resource and run projects relating to groups such as asylum seekers and unemployed people. you can read more about the church of Scotland by following this link , http://www.churchofscotland.org.uk/home
Wisdom, Justice, Compassion, Integrity – these words are set in gold on the ceremonial mace in the Scottish Parliament. The Mace was presented to the Scottish Parliament by the Her Majesty the Queen, but the words first entered the nation’s consciousness through Donald Dewar’s speech at the opening ceremony: “Wisdom, Justice, Compassion, Integrity – timeless values, honourable aspirations for this new forum of democracy. We believe these values resonate strongly with the values of the Churches here.
These values also echo strongly in the teaching of the Bible. For example in the opening verses of the Book of Proverbs we read ;
“The proverbs of Solomon the Son of David, King of Israel, “to know wisdom and instruction, to perceive the words of understanding, to receive the instruction of wisdom, justice, judgement and equity.” Book of Proverbs Chapter 1
We have added one more value, to the list – Wisdom, Justice, Compassion, Integrity and Courage – the last one was missed from the Mace when it was made. Of course we recognise there could be many many more, but these values, stem from our central value and that comes from Jesus’ Words “a new commandment I give you, that you love one another as I have loved you” .