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I am sitting in the East Midlands airport and have just read the following from The Courier which was kindly sent to me…apparently it takes up their first three pages…good to know they read this blog!  Anyway I thought it was fair coverage of an important topic.  So I reproduce it in full below and will add a couple of comments at the end.

Front page splash: Kirk denies crisis as numbers plummet

The Courier & Advertiser 22 Apr 2015

ALARMING NEW statistics have revealed the Church of Scotland is losing about 300 members a week. A report published ahead of the 2015 General Assembly shows more than 155,000 members were lost between 2004 and 2014. Over the same period baptisms fell by almost 2,600 and the number of elders dropped by just under 9,000.

Not one presbytery enjoyed growth in 2014 — over the course of a year the…

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