Church of Scotland
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121 George Street,
The Church Office
Edinburgh EH2 4YN
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (Europe)
Telephone: +44 131 240 2240
Fax: +44 131 240 2239, 226 6121
Email: fmacdonald@cofscotland.org.uk
Address-No.: 1459 / 6301

Information in the internet:

URL: http://www.churchofscotland.org.uk
Languages of the website: English

The Church of Scotland is the largest Christian denomination in Scotland, with its historic roots in the missionary labors of St. Ninian and St. Columba and in the early Celtic Church. It was Ref in the 16th century after the Genevan and Calvinist pattern, but finally established in its Presb polity only with the Revolution Settlement of 1690. Various secessions occurred in the 18th and 19th centuries. Since1929 the Church of Scotland has been largely reunited, and is committed to the modern ecumenical movement and to fostering church union. In the Declaratory Articles, which the parliament of the United Kingdom approved as a correct statement of the historic position of the Church of Scotland in matters spiritual, it is described as a “national Church representative of the Christian Faith of the Scottish people.” The final authority of the Church of Scotland is the General Assembly. The church’s overseas work includes mission partners in Africa, Asia, and the Caribbean area, and ministers serving in Scots kirks abroad, mostly now in continental Europe, with some in Israel/Palestine.

Further partner churches:
Evangelical Church in Austria
Church of Denmark
Coptic Orthodox Church
Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland
Sinodo de Iglesia Evangelica
Hong Kong Christian Institute
Tavola Valdese
Myanmar Council of Churches
National Churches Fellowship of Nepal
Church of Norway
Russian Orthodox Church
Protestant Federation of Switzerland
Church of Pakistan
United Mission to Nepal

Diaconal Institutions:
6 Residential homes - drug and alcohol related
32 Care Homes for the elderly
5 Homelessness accomodations

Life + Work

Statistic data of church

total: 170984
admitted to participate in the Lord's Supper: 590824
baptised: 598829 
(conventionally): 1256
house fellowships
(Number of growing parishes): 1619
Ordained clergy
total: 1090
Men: 917
Women: 173
women´s ordination
since 1968
total: 43449
Men: 26303
Women: 17196 
total: 67
Men: 15
Women: 52
  deacons available
total: 56
Men: 36
Women: 20
missionaries working abroad
Baptismal practise
infant and believer´s baptism
Lord's Supper
Frequency per annum: 12
Newspapers/ Periodicals
Publication of magazines
Theological training facilities

Number: 0

Schools providing general education
no other schools
Founded in
Organizational structures
General Assembly, Presbyteries and Kirk Sessions. Boards and Committees of the General Assembly report annually.
Traditional type
  • presbyterian
Official languages
  • English
  • Gaelic (Scotland)
Languages during church services
  • English
  • Gaelic (Scotland)
  • Apostles´ Creed
  • Nicene Creed (381)
  • Westminster Confession (1646/47)
Partner churches

International assiciations

Regional assiciations

National assiciations

Members and partners:


last update: 16.02.2006
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